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10/12/12: Emerson Hospital Bariatric Surgeon David Lautz, MD, FACS Brings Impressive Background and Expertise

David Lautz, MD, FACS a respected bariatric surgeon who has played a national role in making weight loss surgery increasingly safe and successful, recently joined Emerson as medical director of the Emerson-Mass General Weight Loss Program in Concord. Earlier this year, Emerson’s program formed a collaboration with Mass General with the goal of bringing the most advanced care to the community.

Dr. Lautz, who was director of bariatric surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston from 2003 to 2011, is board-certified in surgery. He is experienced in performing bariatric surgery, laparoscopic gastric bypass, lap-band procedures and sleeve gastrectomy – a new surgical option in which the stomach is shaped into a narrow pouch.

“Most patients are well motivated, because they have tried everything they can to lose weight,” Dr. Lautz said. “They know this is not a quick fix, and they are committed to making the necessary changes in their lives. Weight loss surgery is not like having your gallbladder removed; it’s much more personal.”

According to Dr. Lautz, who is the co-principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health clinical trial at the Joslin Diabetes Center, studies have shown that 80 percent of individuals with diabetes can stop taking medication after having weight loss surgery. In addition, many patients are also better able to control or eliminate other related medical problems, including hypertension and sleep apnea.

Dr. Lautz earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He completed a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Over the next decade, Dr. Lautz became one of the most experienced surgeons in New England, having performed well over 2,000 bariatric surgical procedures.

Dr. Lautz was one of 12 surgeons asked to join the Governing Committee of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network, which accredits bariatric surgery centers of excellence across the U.S. Emerson achieved Level 1A accreditation in 2010. In addition, Dr. Lautz has received numerous awards in recognition of his commitment to his profession, patients and the community.

Dr. Lautz’s primary emphasis, however, remains the care of his patients. “To offer those who have struggled with their weight for their entire life a treatment option that can resolve many of the medical problems, greatly improve their quality of life and let them be treated like anyone else in society is enormously rewarding for me and my staff,” he said. “My goal is to provide the highest possible quality bariatric surgical care in a supportive environment.”

For more information, call the Emerson Hospital Center for Specialty Care at (978) 287-3532 or visit www.emersonhospital.org/surgicalweightloss.

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.