Leadership

Scott Shikora, MD, FACS

Scott Shikora, MD, FACS

Director, Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Scott Alan Shikora is the director of the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shikora received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed both his residency in surgery and his fellowship in hyperalimentation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Shikora has been named one of Boston's best doctors by Boston Magazine.

Dr. Shikora is both a past president and a former Executive Council member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  He is an associate editor of the surgical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and the current editor-in-chief of Obesity Surgery.  Dr. Shikora has authored numerous book chapters and journal publications and has made hundreds of presentations internationally on bariatric surgery topics.

Dr. Shikora has clinical and research interests in minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, neuromodulation, and new surgical technologies.

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Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ali Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. 

He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship.

Dr. Tavakkoli has had a long-standing in treating obesity and its associated health problems such as diabetes.  He leads an active research group with the goal of developing less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.  He is an active member of many professional societies and is a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.

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Bariatric Surgeons

Neil D. Ghushe, MD

Neil D. Ghushe, MD

Bariatric Surgeon 
Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Neil D. Ghushe is the medical director at Brigham and Women's Center for metabolic and bariatric surgery at South Shore Hospital. In addition, he is an instructor at Harvard Medical School and a member of Brigham and Women's Surgical Associates at South Shore Hospital.

Dr. Ghushe received his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and completed his surgery residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. Ghushe completed his minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and his surgical critical care fellowship at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital. He is board certified in general surgery as well as surgical critical care.

Dr. Ghushe has clinical interests in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, critical care in surgery, gallstone disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastrointestinal disease and surgery, general surgery, hernia repair, and splenectomy.

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Malcom Kenneth Robinson, MD, FACS

Malcolm Kenneth Robinson, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon 
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Robinson is a senior surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital (BWFH).  He serves as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Surgery with oversight of the Department's operational processes. He also is Director of BWH's Nutrition Support Service.

Dr. Robinson received his college degree from Harvard University and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his surgical residency and advanced fellowships in nutrition and general surgery at BWH. He is board certified in surgery and nutrition support and is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School where he is an assistant professor of surgery.

The author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts and editor of a textbook, Dr. Robinson's clinical interests include bariatric (i.e., weight loss) surgery, nutrition support of patients with complex nutrition issues, and general and laparoscopic surgery. His research focuses on nutrition, metabolism and how to optimize weight loss surgery.

Dr. Robinson serves as an Associate Editor of Obesity Surgery (a premier clinical and research bariatric surgery journal) and is a national site reviewer of bariatric surgery centers seeking accreditation as a center of excellence by the American College of Surgeons. He has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally on the topics of bariatric surgery and nutrition support.

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Eric G. Sheu, MD, PhD

Eric G. Sheu, MD, PhD

Bariatric Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Eric G. Sheu is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sheu received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and his doctorate in immunology from Oxford University. He completed a general surgery residency at BWH and a minimally invasive fellowship in advanced gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Sheu is board certified in general surgery and has clinical interests in laparoscopic and robotic gastrointestinal surgery, hiatal and paraesophageal hernia repair, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and bariatric surgery. His research interests are in understanding the impact of surgery and obesity on gastrointestinal physiology and immunology.

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David Spector, MD

David Spector, MD

Bariatric Surgeon
Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. David Spector is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) with specialties in gastrointestinal and general surgery, metabolic health and bariatric surgery, and weight management surgery. He received his medical degree from Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School. Dr. Spector completed a general surgery residency at Ichilov Medical Center. In addition, he completed a general surgery residency and a bariatric surgery fellowship at Tufts Medical Center.

Dr. Spector has clinical interests in adrenal surgery, bariatric surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), minimally invasive surgery, and robotic surgery.

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Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH

Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH  

Bariatric Surgeon
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Thomas C. Tsai is a surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Tsai received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Tsai is board certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; and bariatric surgery. Dr. Tsai's research focuses on health policy evaluation and on policy and systems-level interventions to improve the quality and value of surgical care.

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Ashley Haralson Vernon, MD

Bariatric Surgeon
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Ashley Haralson Vernon is an associate surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and an instructor in surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vernon received her medical degree from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn and completed her general surgery residency at the University of Alabama Hospital. She completed a pediatric laparoscopic surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Alabama and a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University.

Dr. Vernon is board certified in general surgery and specializes in gastrointestinal and general surgery, metabolic health, bariatric surgery, and weight management surgery. She has clinical interests in esophageal disease and surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), hernia repair, liver disease and surgery, minimally invasive surgery, pancreatic disease and surgery, splenectomy, and supraesophageal reflux disease.  

Dr. Vernon's research focuses on digestive system surgical procedures, appendectomy, gastroplasty, and short bowel syndrome.

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Ashley Haralson Vernon, MD