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Dr. Carlos Galvani, chief of metabolic and bariatric surgery in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Carlos Galvani, an expert in bariatric and robotic surgery, has joined the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine as chief of metabolic and bariatric surgery. He will conduct surgeries at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to bring my services to Baylor College of Medicine and help the bariatric program succeed,” Galvani said. “I also look forward to training future physicians in the techniques used in this field.”

Galvani has 15 years of experience in minimally invasive surgery, which includes bariatric surgery as well as esophageal surgery for conditions such as hiatal hernias, reflux disease and swallowing disorders. He also specializes in robotic surgery, which is computer-assisted surgery that uses three-dimensional images to perform highly complex surgeries.

Galvani joins Baylor from the University of Arizona, where he served as director of the metabolic and bariatric surgery program and vice chair for operations in the Department of Surgery.

His goal is to build a multidisciplinary bariatric center of excellence at the hospital, including bariatric endoscopists, internal medicine physicians, dietitians, psychologists and nurse coordinators.

“The ultimate goal is to create a group that would function like a tumor board for cancer patients – a group of specialists who meet with one another in weekly or monthly meetings to discuss the health of the patient and come up with the best possible solution for the patient. This could be diet, medications, both diet and medications, surgery or endoscopic procedures such as gastric balloons,” Galvani said.

There are many options for bariatric surgery that surgeons and physicians can explore with their patients. These include gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revision surgeries. The goal is to produce weight loss but more importantly, to treat obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea.

“We are excited to have Dr. Galvani joining us to help lead our metabolic and bariatric surgery program into exciting new areas of state-of-the-art care for our patients,” said Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair and professor of surgery at Baylor who also holds the DeBakey-Bard Chair in Surgery. “His nationally recognized expertise and experience will help allow us to build our program into one of the top centers in the region, and in the country.”

Galvani is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is a founding member of the Clinical Robotic Surgery Association and also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. He is fluent in English and Spanish.

He will see patients at Baylor Clinic, 6620 Main St., suite 1350. For appointments, call 713-798-4321.