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about dr. lavin

Dr. Thomas Lavin

Board Certified Surgeon
Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgical Specialist

Dr. Lavin is a pioneer and innovator in the field of bariatric surgery. Dr. Lavin founded Surgical Specialists of Louisiana in 2000 developing it to become one of the leading surgical weight loss programs in the United States as well as a medical-tourism destination for patients worldwide. He is one of the leading experts in the development of incisionless and minimally invasive weight loss procedures, techniques and instruments.

Dr. Lavin was the Primary Clinical Investigator in the POSE ESSENTIAL Trial, one of the first FDA trials designed to evaluate weight loss using an incisionless surgical platform. Additionally, he was one of the first proctors on the ReShape Balloon placement for weight loss.

Dr. Lavin is a sought after speaker in the area of bariatric surgery, presenting across the United States as well as internationally, most recently in the summer of 2016 at the European Federation of Surgery for Obesity in Gothenburg, Sweden and at the Robb Report Health & Wellness Summit in Deer Valley, Utah. He has been featured as a guest on the nationally syndicated show “The Doctors”, and ABC’s “Good Morning America”. Dr. Lavin has trained and proctored surgeons, as well as performed live surgeries for the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


  • B.A., Miami University
  • M.D., Medical College of Ohio


  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS)