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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.
Marco Antonio Rajo, MD is a bariatric and general surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is fluent in Spanish and English and helps patients ages 18 and older using surgical and non-surgical treatment options. He has advanced training in obesity medicine and weight-loss surgery, as well as in complex gastrointestinal and hernia surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques.
Dr. Rajo was drawn to bariatric surgery because of the unique, lifelong patient-doctor relationship this specialty allows him to build. He places an emphasis on education, nutrition and exercise to move his patients toward their goals. He holds firm that surgery should not be considered an easy way out, but rather a tool that empowers patients to become the healthiest versions of themselves.
In his spare time, Dr. Rajo enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel and cuisine. He enjoys live music, salsa dancing and spending time with his wife.
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. 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. 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. 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.