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Bariatric Surgeons in Dallas, Texas

Our Dallas Bariatric Surgeons

Michael L. Green Jr., MD

Michael L. Green Jr., MD is the Medical Director of the Dallas Obesity Surgery Specialists' office and Obesity Surgery Specialists in Dallas. Dr. Green attended Prairie View A&M and went to medical school at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in Peoria and went on to complete a Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Providence Hospital - Howard University, something only a select few bariatric surgeons have done.

His passion and dedication to the field of bariatric medicine has served him well as he participates in key leadership positions as a member of the board of directors within the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons organization and American Physician Insurance Exchange. Through his affiliation with Ethicon Endo-Surgery, he continues to strive for excellence by training other surgeons in the field of bariatric surgery.

He has served as Bariatric Medical Director at 2 Texas hospitals and he has great experience with bariatric surgery, performing the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric Bypass and the Lap-Band. Dr. Green has performed over 1000 bariatric procedures.

Russ Birdwell, MD

Dr. Russ Birdwell grew up in Garland, Texas. He is a 1985 graduate of South Garland High School. After completing his undergraduate studies at Texas A & M University and Texas Christian University, he earned his medical degree at Texas Tech School of Medicine and there completed his general surgery residency training. During his residency training, Dr. Birdwell had the privilege of working with some of the prominent surgeons in the field including Dr. G. Tom Shires and Dr. John Griswold.

He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society.

Since entering private practice in 2001, Dr. Birdwell joined the medical staff of Baylor Medical Center at Garland, Lake Pointe Medical Center, and Richardson Regional Medical Center. He is trained in a wide range of procedures and has a special interest in laparoscopic surgery.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass

James Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson is the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Davidson is board certified in general surgery. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his internship at the Hennepin County General Hospital and a general surgery residency at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Davidson attended a vascular surgery fellowship at the University of Tennessee.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve

Wade Barker, M.D.

Dr. Barker began his undergraduate studies at Southwest Texas State University and completed them at Eastern New Mexico University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also received a Loan Star scholarship and was named an outstanding biology student. Dr. Barker completed his medical education, internship, and general surgery residency at Texas Tech University School of Medicine.

Specialties: Lap Band, Gastric Bypass and Gastric Sleeve

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Gastric Bypass Surgery, Dallas

We all know that the best way to lose weight is through a healthy diet and regular exercise. But if you're among the millions of people who have tried everything and still can't lose the excess weight, then bariatric surgery may be an option for you.

Gastric bypass surgery, which changes the anatomy of your digestive system to limit the amount of food you can eat and digest, is the most popular bariatric surgery in the United States. Most surgeons prefer this procedure because it's safer and has fewer complications than other weight-loss surgeries. It can provide long-term, consistent weight loss if accompanied with ongoing lifestyle changes.

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Obesity in Dallas, Texas

The prevalence of obesity in Dallas -- defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more -- is estimated by state officials at more than one in three. In the metro Dallas region, more than 65% of the population is overweight (BMI of 25 and up). One out of two children is overweight and Type 2 Diabetes is striking kids as early as age eight.

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Texas Obesity Statistics

  • In 2007 nearly 66 percent of Texas adults were overweight or obese
  • In 2007, 32 percent of Texas high-school students were overweight or obese
  • 300,000 die every year of complications associated with obesity
  • Average weight has risen from 166 lb. in 1962 to 191 lb. in 2001
  • Life expectancy for an obese person is 58 years, but 78 years for non-obese
  • Childhood obesity increased by 230% over the past 25 years
  • 62% of the population is overweight
  • 5.1% of the population suffers from morbid obesity
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Treatment for Obesity in Dallas, Texas

Many bariatric surgeons in Dallas, TX specialize in the surgical treatment of obesity. If you or someone you know in the Dallas area is struggling with clinical obesity and health related conditions, we can help! The weight loss doctors listed in this site specialize in obesity and weight loss surgery as well as long-term patient management to help you take control of your obesity and regain your health.

With a highly trained team of surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, exercise therapists and psychologists, Bariatric Surgery Specialists are able to provide patients with a safe and effective weight-loss surgery, comprehensive pre- and post-operative education and ongoing post-op care.

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Mission of Dallas Gastric Bypass Surgeons

  • Provide state-of-the art, minimally invasive surgical options for all our patients
  • Continue to improve the “standard of care” in one of the nation’s 10 largest cities
  • Establish gastric bypass surgery as a true specialty which requires specialized training and a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Provide compassion, superior outcomes and warm, personal attention to our patients
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