Dr. Anthony M. Gonzalez,
is a board certified general surgeon with interest in
general surgery, laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery.
He has been involved in the care of bariatric patients
since 1994. After completing medical school at the University
of Miami, he continued his surgical training at the University
of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center. He
has continued his affiliation with the University, as
he is a voluntary assistant professor of surgery. Dr.
Gonzalez is a member of multiple professional societies
including the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
For more information on Dr.
Anthony M. Gonzalez, please visit his website at www.anthonygonzalezmd.com.
- Chief of Surgery at Baptist Hospital
- Served as Vice Chief of Surgery at Baptist Hospital
for 4 years
- Current Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at
South Miami Hospital
- Chairs the GI (Gastro-intestinal) performance improvement
collaborative at Baptist Hospital
- During his spare time, Dr.
Gonzalez is the Medical Director of Living Hope
Haiti Christian Mission
Dr. Jorge R. Rabaza, MD
Jorge Rabaza is a General and Bariatric surgeon, who graduated
from the University of Miami, and has been in private
practice since 1991. He completed his medical training
at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center.
Due to his profound interest in surgery, Dr. Rabaza is
a voluntary professor at the University of Miami, teaching
students and residents the art and science of surgery.
In addition, he has written numerous scientific abstracts,
including Helicobacter Pylori Infection in Patients
Undergoing Gastric Bypass Surgery for Morbid Obesity
(Renshaw AA, Rabaza JR, Gonzalez AM, Verdeja JC: Journal
of Obesity Surgery, 2001 JUN; 11(3): 281-3.)
He is a diplomate of The American Board of Surgery, a
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member
of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Being one
of the first bariatric surgeons in Miami-Dade County,
Dr. Rabaza has extensive knowledge and experience performing
bariatric surgery, including revisional surgery.
In addition to his interest in surgery for the morbidly
obese, he also specializes in hernia surgery. Throughout
his career, Dr. Rabaza has also done extensive research
and training in other areas, such as the DaVinci Surgical
Off-Site Training Program. Recent accomplishments include:
- Chief of Surgery - South Miami Hospital 2003-2005
- Vice President Medical Staff at South Miami Hospital
- President of Medical Staff at South Miami- 2007-present
- South Miami Board Member 2007-present
- Dr.Rabaza works closely with Liga Contra el Cancer
(League Against Cancer)
Dr. Juan-Carlos Verdeja, MD
Verdeja, born in Havana, emigrated to the United States
as a child. He graduated from medical school in 1984 and,
along with other honors, was inducted into "Iron Arrow"
("the highest attained at the University of Miami"). He
completed a five-year surgical residency in 1989 and was
awarded the Upjohn Award for Outstanding Chief Resident.
Laparoscopic general surgery was introduced later that
year, as he began his private practice, and he immediately
took an interest in this evolving field. He coauthored
the first scientific paper in the world literature on
laparoscopic colon surgery and was instrumental in the
invention of the technique of laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy.
He is recognized internationally as a pioneer in the development
of advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. In conjunction
with this, he became active in instrument and product
design of surgical equipment and has invented four products
widely used for surgery. In addition to this, he maintains
a busy General Surgery practice. Dr. Verdeja is a clinical
professor of surgery and on the adjunct faculty of several
universities. Currently, he is Chief of Surgery at South
Miami Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College
of Surgeons, Fellow of the International College of Surgeons
and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He has
edited several publications, authored a chapter in a surgical
textbook, written numerous articles in the scientific
literature, and teaches courses and lectures extensively
in conjunction with his varied surgical interests.
In 1998, he introduced the first center for bariatric
surgery in Miami and in conjunction with Baptist Health
and South Miami Hospital has developed a comprehensive
program for the surgical management of the obese patient.
He and his partners, Drs. Jorge Rabaza and Anthony Gonzalez
have performed nearly 2000 gastric bypass surgeries with
excellent results. Currently, he continues to travel abroad
to lecture on bariatric surgery.
Support Group is open to anyone that has had surgery
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Sessions are for anyone interested in learning more
about surgical treatment for obesity.