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Dr. Rami Lutfi,
M.D., F.A.C.S.

Board Certified Surgeon & Medical Director
Presence Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics


Dr. Rami Lutfi is a renowned physician who teaches other surgeons from around the world to perform bariatric surgery. Dr. Lutfi was selected as one of a few guest surgeons to represent the United States at the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders, Fifth International Conference on Sleeve Gastrectomy in Montreal, Canada. He performed a live laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with a hiatal hernia repair that was observed by 350 surgeons from around the world.

Dr. Lutfi is president of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery and was chosen by his colleagues to lead a community of physicians about the art and science of bariatric surgery. He also serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lutfi has performed hundreds of bariatric procedures and has written extensively about weight loss surgery for leading medical journals. He is one of only a few surgeons who educates new surgeons how to perform successful, minimally invasive, bariatric surgery.

Dr. Lutfi earned his medical degree at Damascus University School of Medicine, Syria followed by an internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lutfi then completed a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery and research fellowship in foregut disorders and obesity at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Lutfi is board certified in surgery, fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, and certified to perform robotic assisted surgery.

Specialties:

Board Certified Surgeon Specializing in Bariatrics
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Vice President, Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery

  • Teaches LAP-BAND®, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Single Incision Surgery technology to surgeons at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Chicago

President, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS Foundation)
Honorary Fellow, Brazilian College of Digestive Surgeons

Education:

Medical School:

  • University of Damascus, Faculty Of Medicine
    Damascus, Syria

Internship Hospital:

  • University of Illinois Hospital
    Chicago, IL
    Year completed: 1998

Residency Hospital:

  • University of Illinois Hospital
    Chicago, IL
    Year completed: 2003

Fellowship Hospital:

  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
    Nashville, TN

 

Dr. Tiesenga

Dr. Frederick Tiesenga,
M.D.

Board Certified Surgeon & Medical Director
Presence Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics

 

Dr. Frederick Tiesenga is highly regarded in the field of bariatric surgery and is a Center of Excellence certified surgeon. He is an affiliate surgeon of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and is on the board of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine and performed his residency clinical training at the Metropolitan Group Hospitals in Chicago. Dr. Tiesenga trains surgeons from around the world to perform sleeve, bypass and gastric banding.

Education:

Medical School:

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine Chicago
    Chicago, IL
    Graduated: 1991

Internship Hospital:

  • Illinois Masonic/Metropolitan Group Hospitals
    Chicago, IL
    Year completed: 1992

Residency Hospital:

  • Illinois Masonic/Medical Center/Advocate Health Care
    Chicago, IL
    Year completed: 2007

Memberships:

Fellowship in bariatric surgery at The University of Pittsburgh and the University of Virginia

Secretary of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons

President of Illinois Reflux Society

Member of The Illinois State Medical Society, The American Society of Breast Surgeons, The American Academy of Surgeons, The Chicago Medical Society Association, The DuPage Medical Society, The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons as well as a distinguished member of The American Medical Association

Dr. Tiesenga has contributed extensively to the scientific literature with research and publications and is a frequent speaker on bariatric surgery topics.

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