Ariel Ortiz MD®, FACS, FASMBS
Medical Director / Director of Bariatric Surgery
”Blessed to bless others.” – Dr. Ariel Ortiz
Dr. Ariel Ortiz is a General Surgeon with a specialty in bariatric surgery. He has almost two decades of experience in the field of advanced weight loss surgeries. He is double board-certified in general surgery and board-certified in bariatric surgery. He holds two professional licenses: a general medical license, as well as a general surgery license (#2526822). Dr. Ariel Ortiz gained a reputation for excellence early in his career as a bariatric surgeon back in 1997, when only a handful of surgeons achieved a specialty in this field. He is also among the very few surgeons that hold the certificate of Master Surgeon of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery by Surgical Review Corporation.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz served as a consultant training the first surgeons to perform bariatric surgery and traveled and lectured extensively in the United States and Canada. As a consultant for Inamed Medical, he performed bariatric surgeries in over 100 hospitals in the United States, including Cleveland Clinics, University of Chicago Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Lenox Hill, to name just a few.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz played a key role in the development and clinical application of implantable medical devices for weight loss surgery known as the Lap-Band System. His research and experience landed him a spot on The Oprah Winfrey Show after performing surgery on the youngest patient ever to undergo a bariatric procedure, setting the foundation for adolescent bariatric surgery to gain FDA approval.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz has been named as Director for the first Bariatric Surgery Online Television Channel where he lectures and trains other surgeons in the technical nuances of complex bariatric surgery procedures. Dr. Ariel Ortiz has trained hundreds of young surgeons around the world to perform weight loss surgery safely and effectively. Obesity Control Center, located in Tijuana, Mexico, is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with advanced broadcast capabilities and can transmit live surgical procedures to international meetings and symposiums around the globe.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz has the honor of being designated as an SRC “Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery” and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Ariel Ortiz was also the youngest president of the National Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is currently a full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz performed the first banding of a gastric bypass to rescue a failing procedure. He performed and published his early experience that led to it becoming the standard with which failed bypasses are resolved across the globe. His expertise in the bariatric field, as well as his ability to innovate and adapt, helped him design the world’s first weight loss surgery requiring no stapling, re-routing, or device implant and trademarked it as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve®.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz has performed more procedures than the total number of published cases. His most recent collaboration resulted in the development and clinical use of the World’s First Swallowable Gastric Balloon for Non-Surgical Weight Loss, which now benefits thousands of patients around the world every year. He continues to teach Bariatric Surgery at one of the designated sites for formal bariatric surgery training in Latin America. He is a surgical and academic consultant for Medtronics Medical®, Ethicon Endosurgery, and Obalon Therapeutics®.
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As we reinitiate weight loss surgery, we are constantly adapting and installing new and updated safety measures.
Weight loss surgery is medically necessary.
Bariatric Surgery and the clash of two pandemics.
Major metabolic and bariatric surgery Societies and colleges globally are now calling for the safe resumption of bariatric and metabolic surgery before the COVID-19 pandemic is declared over.
The sooner bariatric surgery can be safely performed, the quicker obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other diseases can be reduced or resolved as they are not only chronic they are also progressive. Obesity is also linked to more than 40 diseases including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and at least 13 different types of cancer.
A recent statement from the ASMBS says “Before COVID-19 began, it was clear that patients with obesity were ‘safer through surgery.’ In the era of COVID-19, ‘safer through surgery’ for patients with obesity may prove to be even more important than before.” Obesity and Metabolic syndrome have been identified as an independent risk factor for adverse outcomes including death among COVID-19 patients.