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In 1990, the surgeons began performing advanced laparoscopic procedures. They were the first in Miami to perform various types of bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass in 1996, placement of laparoscopic bands in 2000, and, since 2005, have performed and modified the technique of the Vertical Gastric Sleeve. Also in 1990, the surgeons pioneered laparoscopic colostomies, a procedure where part of the colon is removed, and have since advanced and championed this procedure around the world.

Additionally, the group pioneered the use of biologic mesh for the repair of hiatal hernias to treat severe acid reflux disease in 2000. The surgeons were also some of the first to use microlaparoscopy, a  surgery technique utilizing tiny instruments measuring two or three millimeters in size. 

Together, the surgical group has written two books, many articles and book chapters; taught thousands of surgeons; and patented instruments for use in laparoscopic surgery. Throughout their careers, they have taught and operated in countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America and even as far away as New Zealand. They have been made honorary members of many surgical societies around the world.

Moises Jacobs, M.D., FACS

Moises Jacobs, M.D., FACS, graduated from the University of Miami Medical School in 1979 and finished his general surgery residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1984. He has been performing advanced laparoscopic procedures since 1990 and is credited with performing the first laparoscopic colectomy in 1990. Dr Jacobs is world renowned as a pioneer in laparoscopy and has taught and mentored hundreds of surgeons throughout the world. In addition, he hosts a biannual "minimally invasive" conference where the latest and most innovative surgical techniques in laparoscopic bariatric surgery are presented by the world's experts. Dr. Jacobs has published several research articles and textbooks and has been awarded Unites States patents for his innovative surgical instruments

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Eddie Gomez, M.D., FACS

Eddie Gomez, M.D., FACS, graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 1999, finished his surgery residency in 2000 at South Shore Medical Center/New York Medical College and completed a laparoscopic fellowship with Dr. Jacobs and Gustavo Plasencia, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, in 2001. He joined their group following his fellowship and has been performing gastric bypass, gastric banding and advanced colorectal and general surgery ever since. Dr Gomez, along with Dr. Jacobs, was part of the only two FDA trials for adjustable gastric banding in the US. For the last five years, along with Dr. Jacobs, he has been performing, improving and teaching gastric sleeve surgeries, including the non-operative treatment of leaks with placement of endoluminal stents. Additionally, Dr. Gomez has specialized in endoscopic revisions of failed gastric bypass, and endoscopic treatment of acid reflux.

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Roderick Romero, M.D., FACS

Roderick Romero, M.D., FACS, graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School, where he also completed his surgical residency in New Orleans in 2010. He then completed a year-long fellowship in minimally invasive general surgery with the group that includes Drs. Jacobs and Gomez. The fellowship involved specialty training in bariatric, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic procedures. Following fellowship, Dr. Romero joined the group, where he has continued to perform various minimally invasive general surgery procedures including sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, as well as advanced colorectal, hernia, biliary and anti-reflux operations. He also provides emergency surgical services to local hospital emergency departments.

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