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About Dr. Praveen Raj

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Dr. Praveen Raj is a member of the following associations:

  • Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI)
  • International Federation of the Society of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric surgery Society (ASMBS)
  • Association of Surgeons of India (ASI)
  • Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI)
  • Indian Association for Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES)

Dr. Praveen Raj has authored several papers and presentations on laparoscopy and bariatric procedures, and has held several workshops and conferences on obesity, bariatric surgery and laparoscopy across Asia. He’s been the Organizing Secretary for LAPAROFIT 2010/2011, which ended up with having more than twice the number of participants than any Bariatric workshop in the country.

Dr. Praveen completed his Bachelors of Medicine in PSG Institute of Medical Sciences, Coimbatore with honours and the Masters in General Surgery from the prestigious Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai. He also secured his masters in Surgery from the National Board (DNB).He completed his fellowship in Bariatric surgery from Tugun, Australia and the Weill-Cornell University at NYC. He’s also been honoured with the Honorary Fellow in Advanced laparoscopy by the Indian Association for Gastrointestinal Endosurgeons (IAGES)

He constantly pushes the envelope in the field of metabolic research and has numerous publications and presentations to his name. His ongoing research (the NASHOST trial) will show what Obesity and Obesity surgery do on non alcoholic fatty liver diseases. When surgeons in India are used to follow the western literature and guidelines, Dr.Praveen wants to create Indian guidelines for the world to follow and has commenced the trial on lower BMI metabolic surgery for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, which when completed will be the first of its kind in the world. He has also instituted international fellowship programs where physicians from abroad train with him in India.

  • First Surgeon in the World to perform series of laparoscopic DuodenoJejunal bypass surgeries for treatment of Obesity & Diabetes
  • First Surgeon to perform Single Incision Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass in the country
  • Only Surgeon who conducts the largest series of diabetes surgeries in the Indian sub-continent
  • First South Indian Surgeon by Surgical Review Corporation, USA 2012
  • First & Only recognized Surgeon of International Excellence Federation (IEF), Taiwan

He currently lives in Coimbatore with his wife Prabha and daughter Agi. He loves to travel and lead a life that will not just keep him happy but his patients too by increasing their Quality of life (QoL).

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