News Release-December 19th
Chicago IL: General surgeon, Rami E. Lutfi, M.D. of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center was elected as President of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons (IABS) at the group’s meeting last month in Chicago. More than 30 surgeons and 50 members were present for the meeting. IABS is a local chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; it has 70 members which are comprised of bariatric surgeons from across the state of Illinois, as well as nurses, nurse practitioners and dieticians, part of Allied Health. The Association is dedicated to advancing the art and science of bariatric surgery.
“I am honored to have been elected by my colleagues and look forward to collaborating with them on improving access to care for our patients, educating our fellow surgeons and community physicians, and advancing bariatric programs throughout the state of Illinois,” said Rami E. Lutfi, M.D., Medical Director of Mercy’s LAP-BAND program.
Specializing in weight loss surgery, Dr. Lutfi has been a member and one of the founders of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons for the past six years. Most recently, Dr. Lutfi was among the first in the nation to offer the single-incision surgery and gastric plication with the band. Prior to joining Mercy, Dr. Lutfi was the Medical Director for the Chicago Bariatric Institute at Weiss Memorial Hospital.
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.
To learn more about Mercy’s LAP-BAND Program visit www.mercy-chicago.org/lap-band
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