We at Tulane Medical Center are inspired every day by the patients in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, who decide to have bariatric weight-loss surgery and transform their lives. There are patients who start running marathons and others that decide to start a family. Some patients find new joy in shopping for clothes or in playing with their kids and pets. No matter what your goal, we’re here to help.

At our hospital, we strive for clinical excellence – focusing on patient outcomes and safety. Our team consists of a surgeon with advanced training in weight-loss surgery, a medical physician who helps treat diseases associated with obesity, a psychologist, a dietitian and a bariatric nurse coordinator who are all dedicated to bariatric patients.

Being overweight is not something to be ashamed of – it is a chronic medical condition that often warrants medical and surgical help. However, weight-loss surgery is something we do not take lightly, and not every patient will be a candidate.

Calculate Your BMI



Your BMI is:

BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 - 24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25 - 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 - 34.9 Obese High
35 - 39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40+ Morbidly Obese Extremely High
If your BMI was higher than 30, you may be an eligible candidate for weight loss surgery.

The first step in the process is to attend one of our free information sessions. During the meeting you will learn:

  • The differences in the types of bariatric procedures available
  • The benefits and risks of each surgery
  • Diet and exercise changes to help you keep weight off after surgery
  • Insurance options and coverage

Our information sessions are held the second Monday of every month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Tulane Medical Center in the surgery clinic waiting room on the sixth floor. No appointment is necessary, and we look forward to meeting you.

If you feel like you have obtained adequate information regarding the surgical process, please feel free to schedule an appointment with us in the clinic by calling (504) 988-5110.

Learn more by visiting the Tulane School of Medicine Department of Surgery.