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Coffee Time interview.

We talk to Dr Kelvin Higa (Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Fresno, CA), past-president of the ASMBS, and current president of IFSO, about his career in medicine, the influence of his father and his views on the future of bariatric and metabolic surgery.

Bariatric experience in Australia

The practice of bariatric surgery varies throughout the world – from patients and procedures to follow-up and outcomes. At the 20th IFSO World Congress at the Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, Bariatric News spoke to Associate Professor Harsha Chandraratna from St John of God Hospital, Perth, Australia, about patient choice, managing expectations and making bariatric surgery more effective.

Book Release

In August, a new book dedicated to Obesity and its surgical management will be published: ‘Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery - A Practical Guide’. Published by Springer and edited by Dr Sanjay Agrawal, Consultant Bariatric, Laparoscopic & upper Gastrointestinal (GI) Surgeon, Homerton University Hospital, London and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, the book will offer a comprehensive yet concise summary in the field of Obesity, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, making it an ideal guide for all.

Surgery in the Gulf Region

The Gulf Obesity Surgical Society (GOSS) will hold its second annual meeting in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11-13 December 2014, organized by the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group (EOMSIG). Bariatric News talks to Drs Fawaz Torab (GOSS General Secretary) and Mohamed Al Jarallah (GOSS President), about the aims of the society…


Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress and one of the pioneers of laparoscopic bariatric surgery in North America. We discussed his career and the challenges facing bariatric surgery…

Exclusive interview

The IFSO 2014 Congress will be taking place at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, Canada from August 26-30, 2014. Bariatric News looks forward to the meeting with Professor Michel Gagner, Congress President of the XIX IFSO World Congress, who discusses the highlights of this year’s scientific programme from cutting-edge research and world-class plenary sessions to a record number of live surgery cases...

Case study

In a case study from Russia, investigators report on their first experience of laparoscopic adjustable banded sleeve gastrectomy with one year follow-up to treat a super-super obese patient.

Meeting announcement

The Frankfurter Meeting takes place every second year and since 1999 has become one of the most famous international meetings in the field of bariatric surgery. Organized by the president elect of IFSO, Prof Rudolf Weiner, and his daughter and surgeon Sylvia Weiner, MD, the meeting will again take place in a historic atmosphere in the very city centre of Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Banded bypass

A recent paper, ‘Banded Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for the Treatment of Morbid Obesity’, published in Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), concluded that the banded bypass procedure is safe and may provide better weight loss in super-obese patients. Bariatric News talked to one of the study’s authors, Dr Philip Schauer (Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH), about the study and benefits of the procedure…


Bariatric News was delighted to speak with Professor Mervyn Deitel, one of the Founders of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 1983 in Iowa City and a President of the ASBS in 1995. He was one of the 13 Founders of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) in Stockholm in 1995, the first Executive Director of IFSO, and remains an Honorary Life Member. We spoke about his career in bariatric surgery…