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Meet the Tampa Surgical Team for Weight Loss

Dr. Alfredo Fernandez

Dr. Fernández earned his medical doctorate from the prestigious Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1981 after graduating with a BS in Chemistry from University of Miami in Miami, Florida in 1976. He received his specialized training at Alton Oschner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana, finishing with top honors in his residency program in 1986.

Dr. Fernández is a board certified, advanced laparoscopic general surgeon with extensive experience in bariatric surgery.

Additionally he was awarded a “5-star” maximum rank by Healthgrades, a hospital ranking institution. He currently belongs to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery (SLS), Alton Ocshner Surgical Society, and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Dr. Fernandez teaches laparoscopic techniques for weight loss to surgeons across the country. He has successfully performed over 4,000 laparoscopic weight loss procedures and is the only bariatric surgeon in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties who has achieved three Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence designations.

He has received numerous awards through out his career and has given many presentations in the field of general and bariatric surgery as a recognized expert in the field of advanced laparoscopy. He is also fluent in English and Spanish.

Dr. Elmer Valin

Dr. Elmer Valin is board certified in general surgery and specializes in bariatric surgery using minimally invasive surgical techniques. He has nearly three decades of experience in bariatric surgery and has performed more than 3,000 obesity-surgery related procedures.

Dr. Valin is a trained daVinci® robotic surgeon, and utilizes advanced laparoscopic surgery to perform sleeve gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, LAP-BAND® Gastric Band surgery and revision surgery of previous bariatric procedures. In addition to weight-loss surgery, he also performs a wide range of general surgery procedures.

Dr. Valin is here to help you improve your health and quality of life by using surgical intervention for weight reduction. He leads a patient-centered program that emphasizes education, diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

Dr. Valin and his compassionate team are here to assist you every step of the way.

Alongside our Tampa surgeons is a team of skilled clinicians and specialists in their respective fields — medicine, nursing, nutrition and psychology, working together to help you achieve your lifestyle and weight loss goals.

Dr. Sachin Vaikunth, General Surgery

Board Certified in General Surgery, Dr. Vaikunth’s medical practice is dedicated to surgical intervention of conditions affecting the abdomen and related areas, such as hernias or tumors. Whenever possible, Dr. Vaikunth seeks to utilize minimally-invasive surgical techniques in order to reduce the stress and recovery time for his patients.

Having conducted numerous research projects, Dr. Vaikunth has published articles in various medical journals including the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy, Wound Repair and Generation, and the journal of Cancer Research.

Dr. Vaikunth graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has been practicing surgery for more than 14 years.

Dr. Ashok K. Modh, Critical Care Medicine

Dr. Modh is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Pulmonary Disease. He is also Board Certified in sleep medicine and a Diplomate of American Board of Sleep Medicine (DASM).

Dr. Ashwinkumar Mehta, Gastroenterology

Dr. Mehta is a Board-Certified internal medicine and gastroenterology specialist who received his internship, residency and fellowship at Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn & Queens.

Dr. Oscar Venzor, Internal Medicine

Dr. Venzor works as an internal medicine hospitalist who attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Venzor’s training includes a residency program at Tucson General Hospital.

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