Associate Professor and Chief, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine


Clinical Fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
Clinical Fellowship at University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine
Advanced Laparoscopic/Robotic Surgery
Research Fellowship at University of California - San Francisco
Gastrointestinal Surgery and Gastrointestinal Motility
Residency at Hospital Carlos G. Durand
General Surgery
MD from Facultad de Ciencias Medicas, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba


Asociación Argentina de Cirugia

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Professional Statement

Carlos A. Galvani, MD is a board-certified bariatric surgeon in Houston, Texas. Dr. Galvani is originally from Argentina, where he earned his medical degree from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba and completed his residency training in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Galvani is fluent in both Spanish and English. He has a particular interest in all aspects of minimally invasive surgery including robotics and endoscopic surgery. He received special training in gastrointestinal surgery and gastrointestinal motility at the University of California San Francisco. He completed his training with fellowships in advanced laparoscopic/robotic surgery and in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Galvani has fifteen years of experience in minimally invasive surgery, with special interest in surgical treatment of obesity-related diseases (Diabetes), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hiatal hernia, achalasia of the esophagus, surgical treatment of gastroparesis, solid organ surgery, esophageal cancer and abdominal wall hernias.

Before joining the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr Galvani created and lead the Section of Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery, the Surgical Weight Loss program, the Robotic Surgery Program, a Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship (only accredited program in the state of Arizona), a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, and a state of the art Minimally Invasive Surgery Surgical Education Laboratory, which incorporates an Intensive Laparoscopic Training Course for Surgery Residents. His accomplishments during his tenure at the University of Arizona are numerous including continued Fellowship accreditation and MBSAQIP accreditation (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program).

Dr Galvani also served as the medical director for Perioperative Services with significant committee and administrative responsibilities providing leadership for surgeons/anesthesiologists/nursing team and helped guide the processes for all pre-, intra-, and postoperative aspects of care for patients served by the operating room along with program quality assurance/quality improvement of all perioperative related activities and related areas.

Dr. Galvani has been an invited lecturer numerous of times, nationally and internationally and has been involved in multiple surgical research projects. He is an active member of the American College of Surgeons, holds membership in other professional societies, including SAGES, and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, the American Hernia Society, and the Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract.

Selected Publications

  • Habib S, Samamé J, Galvani CA. "Treatment of Morbid Obesity." Surgery Current Research.
  • Nielsen VG, Galvani CA, Boyle PK, Steinbrenner EB, Matika RW. "Bariatric patients have plasmatic hypercoagulability and systemic upregulation of heme oxygenase activity." Pubmed PMID: 25101516
  • Elli EF, Masur MA, El Zaeedi M, Galvani CA, Bozorgui N, Giulianotti PC. "Four-year experience with outpatient laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding."
  • Galvani CA, Gallo AC, Gorodner MV. "Single-Incision and dual-incision Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band: Evaluation of initial experience."
  • Galvani CA, Loebl H, Osuchukwu O, Samamé J, Apel ME, Ghaderi I. "Robotic-Assisted Paraesophageal Hernia Repair: Initial Experience at a Single Institution."
  • Prescher H, Biffar DE, Galvani CA, Rozenblit JW, Hamilton AJ. "Evaluation of a Navigation Grid to Increase the Efficacy of Instrument Movement During Laparoscopic Surgery."
  • Gruessner RW, Cercone R, Galvani C, Rana A, Porubsky M, Gruessner AC, Rilo H. "Results of open and robot-assisted pancreatectomies with autologous islet transplantations: treating chronic pancreatitis and preventing surgically induced diabetes." Transplant Proc.
  • Galvani CA, Garza U, Echeverria A, Kaul A, Samamé J. "Multipurpose Internal Retractor for Single- Incision Surgery: Single Institution Case Series."
  • Galvani CA, Rodriguez-Rilo H, Samamé J, Gruessner R. "First Fully Robotic-Assisted Total Pancreatectomy Combined with Islet Autotransplant for the Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis: A Case Report." Pancreas.
  • Galvani C, Rilo H, Samamé J, Porubsky M, Rana A, Gruessner R. "Fully Robotic-Assisted Technique for a Total Pancreatectomy with an Autologous Islet Transplant in Chronic Pancreatitis Patients: Results of a First Series." JACS.


American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract