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World-Renowned Bariatric Surgeon Joins Pennington Biomedical to Head New Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery Program

Released: Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Public-Private Partnership Creates Infrastructure for Next Steps to Improving Care for Patients with Obesity
Dr. Phil Schauer

Baton Rouge, Louisiana — Louisiana is poised to transform the understanding and treatment of obesity, leveraging its 30 years of leadership in the field by recruiting one of the world's leading bariatric surgeons to establish a new Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery program. LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), LSU Health New Orleans and the Office of the Governor of Louisiana joined forces to establish this new program, which will include an outpatient center on Pennington Biomedical's Baton Rouge campus, in 2020.

Dr. Phil Schauer, Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute (BMI), has been named Director of the program. Dr. Schauer is renowned for being the first surgeon to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery (1997). He has since performed more than 8,000 operations for severe obesity and handles many of the most difficult bariatric surgery cases in the world. Besides authoring more than 350 peer-reviewed scientific papers, he is one of the three most-cited authors in bariatric surgery literature. He led the STAMPEDE trial, which found that bariatric surgery could reverse Type 2 diabetes in up to 80 percent of patients. These findings have changed the guidelines for treating diabetes around the world.

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The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit