News Release-December 19th

Mercy Surgeon to Lead State Bariatric Association

Elected President to the Illinois Hospital Association of Bariatric Surgeons


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.


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About Mercy Hospital: 
Mercy Hospital & Medical Center provides a comprehensive approach to wellness that incorporates prevention, early intervention, and disease management. Through treatment and education, Mercy Hospital strives to empower the community to take charge of their health and make the appropriate lifestyle and behavioral changes necessary to avoid serious health complications. Mercy's ideal location, just minutes south of the loop, is easily accessible by all main arteries. And at Mercy, patients and visitors will find convenient, free parking. To learn more about Mercy Hospital, visit

About Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons (IABS): 
The IABS is a local chapter of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).The ASMBS is the largest organization for bariatric surgeons in the world. It is a non-profit organization that works to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery and is committed to educating medical professionals and the lay public about bariatric surgery as an option for the treatment of morbid obesity, as well as the associated risks and benefits. It encourages its members to investigate and discover new advances in bariatric surgery, while maintaining a steady exchange of experiences and ideas that may lead to improved surgical outcomes for morbidly obese patients. For more information about the IABS, visit


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