Ali Tavakkoli, MD, FACS, FRCS (Minimally Invasive Surgery)

Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship. He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship.

Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal nutrient absorption and metabolism. His group’s goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.

He has a strong interest in surgical innovation and has created ITEAM® (Innovative Technology and Engineering for Advancement of Medicine), a collaborative team of engineers, student, and physicians who focus on developing novel medical devices and solutions. He is an active member of many professional societies, a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons, and an associate editor for the journal of Digestive Disease and Sciences and Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research, as well as on the editorial board of Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.