Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program The Tulane Bariatric Center is recognized as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). Accreditation verifies that our program meets the highest standards for patient safety and quality of care.

The MBSAQIP Standards, outlined in the Resources for Optimal Care of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient 2016, ensure bariatric surgical patients receive a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. A joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the accreditation affirms the center offers preoperative and postoperative care designed specifically for severely obese patients.

To earn the MBSAQIP designation, Tulane Bariatric Center met essential criteria for staffing, training and facility infrastructure and protocols for care, ensuring its ability to support patients with severe obesity. The center also participates in a national data registry that yields semiannual reports on the quality of its processes and outcomes, identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement.

After submitting an application, centers seeking MBSAQIP accreditation undergo an extensive site visit by an experienced bariatric surgeon, who reviews the center's structure, process and clinical outcomes data.

Coupled with Tulane Health System’s status as an academic medical center, Tulane Bariatric Center is uniquely qualified to manage and address complex medical needs.