Dr. Ariel Ortiz® is a General Surgeon with a specialty in Bariatric Surgery with nearly two decades of experience in the field of weight loss surgery. He is Double Board Certified in General Surgery and Board Certified in Bariatric Surgery and holds two professional licenses: a General Medical license, as well as a General Surgery License (#2526822). Dr. Ariel Ortiz gained a reputation early on after deciding to pursue Bariatric Surgery as his specialty in 1997. In the late ‘90s, only a handful of surgeons were specialized in this field.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere worked as a consultant training the first surgeons aspiring to learn bariatric surgery, and traveled and lectured extensively in the United States and Canada. As a consultant for Inamed Medical, he proctored and performed surgery 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 a few.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz played a key role in the development and clinical application of implantable medical devices for weight loss surgery, namely the Lap-Band System. His research and early experience landed him a spot in the daytime talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” after performing surgery on the youngest patient ever to undergo a bariatric procedure, which set the foundation for its approval on teenage patients by the FDA. World-famous for his work with Lap-Band surgery patients, Dr. Ortiz is now considered a leading authority in the field of bariatric surgery, including the gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and other bariatric surgery procedures.
He has been named Director of 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 Lagardere 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 with the most modern broadcast capabilities and frequently transmits live surgical procedures to the international meetings and symposiums around the globe.
He has been designated as an SRC Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons designated by the letters FACS after his name, and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery indicated by the letters FASMBS after his name. 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 was named President of Global Communications for IBS at Oxford University and also serves as CEO and Founder of the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine. He also serves as President and CEO of Quo Vadis Productions.
Dr. Ortiz’s academic appointments include Professor of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California School of Medicine and Professor of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University Ibero-Americana where he teaches young physicians and surgical nurses the fundamentals of surgery and clinical medicine.
As an opinion leader, Dr. Ariel Ortiz is frequently invited as a guest speaker to numerous lectures around the world. He is Director of the Obesity Control Center®, one of the most awarded bariatric hospitals in the world. He is considered an innovator in the field of bariatric surgery and holds numerous trademarks and patents. Some of his contributions to the field of bariatrics include setting the foundation for approval by the FDA of weight loss surgery in teenage patients after publishing the results on the largest series of teenagers that had undergone a weight loss procedure.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere also 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 treated around the world. 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®.
He has performed more procedures than all of the published cases combined. His most recent collaboration resulted in the development and clinical use of the World’s First Swallowable Gastric Balloon for Non-Surgical Weight Loss and now benefits thousands of patients around the world each year. He actively teaches 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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