Bariatric Gastric Surgery Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery, Major Obesity, Gastroplasties, Gastric Bypass, Open Gastric Bypass, Obesity Surgery, Leaks, Roux En Y Gastric Bypass, Gastroplasty, Abdominal Surgery,3100, GI,

Expert is an experienced bariatric surgeon who has performed major obesity surgery, including revisional surgery from referring surgeons, since 1984. He has performed over 2,000 major obesity surgery operations including vertical banded gastroplasty and Roux-en-y gastric bypass, including revision of these and other procedures. For several years he was the only surgeon in bariatric surgery practice in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.

He has been a Member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (now American Society forMetabolic and Bariatric Surgery) since 1986, almost since its inception, and has been a member of several Society committees, including the Surgical Access Committee and the Public and Professional Committee. He is Certified by the American Board of Abdominal Surgery.

Expert has a background of extensive general surgery training and experience, having attained Fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1957, after training at Kings College Hospital, London England. He received training in bariatric surgery from, amongst others, the eminent Dr. Edward Mason, regarded as the “father” of obesity surgery.

His training has been supplemented by attendance at virtually every annual meeting of the ASMBS, together with attendance at numerous post-graduate training courses in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. He maintains an active license in Florida and exceeds all requirements for Continuing Medical Education.

Expert has also been involved with bariatric surgery in Europe and has performed surgery and addressed surgeons in Salzberg, Austria.

Since 2005, Expert has been engaged in the establishment of the first comprehensive Obesity Surgery Center in Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Expert has personally trained and proctored two surgeons in the performance of laparoscopic gastric bypasses at Damansara Specialist Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. He has also trained these and other surgeons in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

At the end of 2006, Expert discontinued operative surgery but has remained active, maintaining a practice consulting with difficult and complicated bariatric surgery and general surgery cases.

He maintains Hospital Privileges at a General Hospital, Plantation, FL.

A summary of his attendance at Continuing Medical Education courses in 2009 is appended at the end of this CV.


License currently held:


Licenses previously held:

South Africa

United Kingdom

Saskatchewan, Canada


West Virginia


Pre-Med Education: B.Sc., University of Cape Town South Africa, 1948

Medical Education: M.B., Ch.B., University of Cape Town South Africa, 1951

Post-Graduate Diplomasnor and Qualifications: F.R.C.S., 1957: Fellow (Diplomate)
Royal College of Surgeons of England

L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S., 1963: Licentiate of

Royal College of Physicians of London, Member of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Certified by American Board of Abdominal Surgery, 1985


Fellow International College of Surgeons, Since 1994

Regular Member American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Since 1986

Previously ASBS, Now ASMBS (American Society for Metabolic and Bariatricsurgery)

Fellow American Society of Abdominal Surgery, since 1985

Southern Medical Association, since 1970

Eastern Panhandle Medical Society, Martinsburg, WV (Past President) 1969

American Medical Association, since 1968

Hospital Privileges in Broward County, FL:

1985 to 1986 – Las Olas General Hospital
Active Surgical Privileges Including obesity surgery

1986 to 1989 University Hospital, Tamarac
Active Privileges in General Surgery

1986 to 1996 Doctors General Hospital

Name changed to: Universal Medical Center
Name changed to: Florida Medical Center South

Active Surgical Privileges Including Obesity Surgery

Member Credentials committee

Chairman Surgical Care Review Committee

Chief of Surgery

Medical Director Obesity Surgery Program

1996 to 2007: Kindred (Vencor) Hospital, Active Privileges in General Surgery and Obesity Surgery, Medical Director Obesity Surgery Program

1998 to 2007: Plantation General Hospital, Active Privileges in Obesity Surgery

Medical Director Obesity Surgery Program

2007/2008 Affiliate Privileges

Training and Experience:

1/52 to 3/53 – Rotating and Surgical Internship at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

3/53 to 10/53 – Senior Intern, Casualty Dept., Woolwich Memorial(six months Emergency Surgery)Hospital, London, England

10/53 to 2/54 – Senior Intern, London Jewish Hospital, London, (Five Months General Surgery) England

3/54 to 7/54 – Senior Intern, St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Hospital,(Five Months Orthopedics)Middlesex, England

10/54 to 12/54 – Full time course in Basic Medical Sciences at(Three Months Basic Science)Royal College of Surgeons, London, England

2/55 to 9/55 – Surgical Registrar in S.E. Metropolitan Regional (Seven Months General Surgery)Hospitals, London, England

9/55 to 10/57 – Resident Surgical Officer, Dulwich Hospital(Two Years General Surgery)(Affiliated with Kings College Hospital forTeaching) London, England

11/57 to 1/58 – Resident Medical Officer, Dept. Of Ophthalmology,(Two Months Ophthalmology)Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

1/58 to 12/58 – Surgical Registrar, Somerset Hospital, Cape Town,(One Year General Surgery)South Africa

1/59 to 3/59 – Surgical Registrar, Casualty Dept. Groote Schuur (Three Months Emergency)Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

4/59 to 12/60 – Surgeon in Group Practice, Johannesburg, South (Eighteen Months General Surgery) Africa

12/60 to 6/61 – Orthopedic Registrar, Groote Schuur Hospital,(Six Months Orthopedics)Cape Town, South Africa

6/61 to 10/61 – Medical Officer, Tristan da Cunha, South Atlantic (British Colonial Office appointment)

1/62 to 3/62 – British Medical Research Council, research grant (Three Months Research)re: Tristan da Cunha Islanders

6/62 to 12/62 – Senior Hospital Medical Officer (Surgery and Six Months General Surgery Casualty) Victoria Hospital, Accrington, England

2/63 to 11/65 – Group Practice, Estevan Sask., Canada(Three Years General Surgery)

1/66 to 1/68 – Surgeon Private Practice, Chester and Poplar, Montana

4/68 to 9/85 – Martinsburg, West Virginia, Private Practice General Surgery.

Commenced Practice of Obesity Surgery In 1984.

1986 to 1992 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, General Surgery And Surgery For Obesity.

1992 to 2006 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Practice Restricted To Obesity Surgery.

2007 to Present – Private Practice consulting on complicated and difficult Bariatric and General Surgery cases.

2010 – Performance of Lap Band Surgery, with patient consultation and follow up.

Courses and Meetings Attended

Courses attended at ASMBS Conference in Grapevine, Texas June 2009:

Controversies in Restrictive Procedures: Lap Band VS Sleeve; Complex Cases and Inoperative

Complications; Advanced Bariatric Life Support; Advancements in Lap Band System Surgery

American Society of Abdominal Surgeons, Hepato-Biliary Symposium, Tampa, FL, October 23-25, 2009.

World Congress for the Advancement of Surgery (Obesity Surgery Section), Jerusalem, Israel, November 1-4, 2009.

Advanced Testifying Skills for Experts, (Sponsored by S.E.A.K.), Naples, FL, November 12-13, 2009

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