Treatment & Services
- Bariatric Operations
- Bariatric Surgery
- Complex Abdominal Hernia Repair
- Endoscopic Procedures
- Endoscopy of the Gastrointestinal Tract
- Esophageal Motility Testing
- Gastric Bypass Surgery for Weight Loss
- Gastric Bypass Surgery with Focus on Reflux Disease
- Gastrointestinal Surgery
- Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
- Laparoscopic Hernia Surgery
- Laparoscopic Incisional Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
- Laparoscopic Surgery
- Metabolic Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Nutritional Management After Bariatric Surgery
- Revision Surgery
- Weight Loss Surgery
Specialty in Diseases & Conditions
- Abdominal Hernia
- Abdominal Pain
- Bile Duct Stones
- Diaphragm Hernia
- Esophageal Cancer
- Esophageal Motility Disorders
- Gallbladder Disease
- Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD)
- Hiatal Hernia
- Inguinal Hernia
- Ventral Hernia
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Education & Professional Highlights
Education & Fellowships
Fellowship - Cleveland Clinic Florida
Laparoscopic Surgery (minimally invasive surgery)
Weston, FL USA
Residency - New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens
Flushing, NY USA
Residency - Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY USA
Internship - Long Island Jewish Medical Center
New Hyde Park, NY USA
Medical School - Universidad Central de Venezuela
- Center and Surgeon of Excellence of The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
- Center and Surgeon of Excellence of The American College of Surgeons (ACS)
- Full accreditation by The Fellowship Council in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
Abdominal wall hernia, bariatric surgery, flexible endoscopy, metabolic surgery, minimally invasive surgery
Awards & Honors
- Physician of the Year Award, by Cleveland Clinic Hospital in the category of Service. March 2004.
- Physician of the Quarter Award, by Cleveland Clinic Hospital in the category of Growth. 3rd Quarter 2003.
- Physician's Recognition Award, by The American Medical Association, March 2003.
- Certificate of Excellence, by the Cleveland Clinic Florida Operating Room Operations Committee, for outstanding performance and exceptional commitment to the efficiency of the operating room. April 2007.
- Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide.(Rectal desimpactor device) June 2007.
- Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide.(Bariatric orogastric anastomotic suturing tube and Esophageal double suction isolator tube) June 2006.
- "America's Top Surgeons," by the Consumers Research Council of America. 2004-2005 edition. Washington, DC.
- "America's Top Surgeons," by the Consumers Research Council of America. 2005-2006 edition. Washington, DC.
- Leadership Award, voted by fellow residents and attendings of The New York Hospital of Queens for the greatest contribution to the quality and life of the residency program, July 2001.
Innovations & Patents
- Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide. (Rectal desimpactor device) June 2007.
- Innovator Award, by Cleveland Clinic for commitment to bring new technology to patients worldwide. (Bariatric orogastric anastomotic suturing tube and Esophageal double suction isolator tube) June 2006.
- Fellow, American College of Surgeons
- Council Member, South Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
- Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
- Member, American Hernia Society
- Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
- Member, The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)
- Member, American Obesity Association
Research & Publications
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82 Patient Satisfaction Reviews
The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.
Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.
The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.
|Courtesy, Respect & Concern||4.7|
|Knows Medical History||4.4|
|Time Spent with Patient||4.7|
|Patient Rating of Doctor||4.6|
3 Patient Comments
Reviewed on Dec 7, 2017
Thorough examination and extremelly honest about his conclussions.
Reviewed on Oct 16, 2017
they confirmed the medications I was taking, explained that I would eventually need surgery
Reviewed on Aug 2, 2017
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