About the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Brigham and Women's Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (CMBS) is an industry leader in safe and effective, patient-focused weight loss surgery. Our board certified surgeons are Harvard Medical School faculty with world-class training in the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures to treat obesity and associated health risks. Nationally accredited as a comprehensive bariatric surgery center since 2006, CMBS is currently accredited through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint accreditation of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Our surgeons have performed thousands of laparoscopic operations including the Roux-En-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy or gastric sleeve, gastric banding (also known as adjustable gastric band or LAP-BAND) and revisional bariatric surgery. These minimally invasive procedures can be done with robotic-assisted technology and result in less pain, shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes.

Led by Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, Director, Brigham and Women's Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, our surgeons are respected throughout the world, not only for their surgical expertise but also as skilled researchers who pioneer new treatments. They educate the next generation of bariatric surgeons through BWH’s advanced minimally invasive fellowship program.

The multidisciplinary team of CMBS collaborates with specialists at BWH and within our patients’ communities, so that all medical needs are met. Emphasizing open communication and honesty throughout the weight loss journey, our team of experts is with you every step of the way: from the first information session to one-on-one meetings with your surgeon, dietitian, psychologist and financial counselor to your chosen surgical procedure and beyond.

We extend a lifetime weight loss partnership to you, with access to medical and support services—ensuring that your new, slimmer life remains your forever life.

Why Brigham and Women’s Hospital for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery?

  • CMBS is nationally accredited through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
  • Our Center includes dedicated operating rooms and patient rooms, as well as nurses and dietitians who have expertise in bariatric surgery.
  • Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, performed the first lap-band weight loss surgical procedure and first gastric bypass operation in New England.
  • Our surgeons have performed over 4,000 laparoscopic procedures— gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric band and gastric revisions—allowing shorter hospital stays, fewer complications and quicker recoveries.
  • All of our bariatric surgeons are certified by the American Board of Surgery and are faculty members of Harvard Medical School.
  • Our comprehensive pre-operation assessments integrate weight loss and medical specialists. We partner with patients throughout their journey to treat, educate and provide lifelong post-operative care.
  • Personalized weight loss plans integrate lifestyle, diet, exercise and behavioral modifications.
  • CMBS surgeons and staff host free new patient information sessions online and at locations throughout Massachusetts.
  • We offer educational and support groups for patients to prepare them for surgery and their new life after surgery.
  • We provide lifetime nutritional counseling before and after surgery, one-on-one and in groups.
  • Our financial counselors understand bariatric surgery coverage and help patients with insurance and financing concerns.
  • Surgical procedures, appointments with clinicians, and groups are available at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital. We also offer appointments with clinicians at our location in Weymouth at Brigham and Women's Surgical Associates - South Shore.
  • Scott Shikora, MD, FACS was involved in research showing the role gastric bypass plays in eliminating insulin use in type 2 diabetes patients.
  • Ali Tavakkoli, MD leads an NIH-funded research team investigating how bariatric surgery reverses diabetes so quickly.
  • Ashley Vernon, MD leads a large randomized trial to fully elucidate the benefits of bariatric surgery.
  • CMBS bariatric surgeons are leaders in their field, sharing knowledge with professionals around the world, and training and educating the next generation of surgical leaders through our advanced minimally invasive fellowship program.

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