University of Miami Health System Announces New Bariatric Office to Serve Palm Beach Community

March 21, 2018 – The University of Miami Health System is proud to announce it is expanding its award-winning bariatric surgery program to Palm Beach County, offering weight loss surgery options to local residents and the greater physician community. Dr. Onur C. Kutlu, a board-certified general surgeon and assistant professor at the Division of Laparoendoscopic & Bariatric Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, will be located at 3401 PGA Blvd., suite 400, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, beginning April 6, 2018. Appointments will be scheduled on Fridays by calling (305) 689-1910. Patients will have access to bariatric procedures including, gastric lapband, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Dr. Kutlu has completed two fellowships following his residency in general surgery, one in the field of hepatopancreatobiliary surgery and the other in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Ankara, in Ankara Turkey in 1998. He initially completed a residency in general surgery at the Gulhane Medical Academy in 2004. After practicing as a gastrointestinal surgeon in his home country, he relocated to the United States in 2010 and completed a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and then at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2015. He later finished an Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA) accredited Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Following this he completed a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Kutlu has published extensively on gastrointestinal surgery, hepatopancreatobiliary surgery, and laparoscopic surgery. He is a frequent presenter in international meetings and serves on the editorial board of peer-reviewed surgical journals.

“Due to the high demand and number of requests we see for weight loss surgery options on a weekly basis, we’re excited to expand our service line of bariatric options to the Palm Beach community,” said Dr. Nestor F. de la Cruz-Munoz, medical director for bariatric surgery at UHealth Tower, (formerly the University of Miami Hospital).

Designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, University of Miami UHealth Tower has performed more than 6,000 surgeries with a specialized and highly-trained team of bariatric surgeons, nurses, medical consultants, nutritionists, psychologists and exercise physiologists, all whom work cohesively to provide the best possible outcomes for every patient.

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