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The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics provides a comprehensive, personalized, caring Obesity & Bariatric Program for individuals seeking to lose weight safely. Overseen by prominent bariatric surgeon Rami Lutfi, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., the institute practices academic medicine with a full-time staff that includes: A dietitian/certified personal trainer, a Ph.D. psychologist, two experienced nurses, an insurance specialist, and a monthly support group, led by a dietitian.

We focus on wellness and treat the whole patient – body and soul.

We are located in beautiful Lincoln Park, where Dr. Lutfi performs the most advanced, minimally invasive bariatric procedures available today, including Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch and Revisional Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Lutfi has performed more than 2,500 weight loss procedures, one of the first sleeve gastrectomies in the state of Illinois, and the first endoscopic intragastric balloon in the Midwest. He travels internationally to train new surgeons around the globe on the latest, innovative laparoscopic surgical techniques. He currently serves as the Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery as well as Bariatric Fellowship Program Director at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, and President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation.

Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

Rami Lutfi, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

  • President, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery and Weight Loss and Bariatric Fellowship Program Director at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
  • Clinical Associate Professor at University of Illinois Chicago
  • Fellowship in Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery: Vanderbilt University Hospital
  • Former President of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery
  • He is one of only a few surgeons who educates new surgeons how to perform successful, minimally invasive bariatric surgery.
  • One of the first five physicians trained in North America on the ORBERA® Intragastric Balloon
  • Placed the 1st gastric sleeve in the state of Illinois
  • First to place a gastric balloon in the Midwest.
  • Performed over 2500 weight loss procedures.

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Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) combined their respective national bariatric surgery accreditation programs into a single unified program to achieve one national accreditation standard for bariatric surgery centers, the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers. A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

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The Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics provides a comprehensive, personalized, caring Obesity & Bariatric Program for individuals seeking to lose weight safely. Overseen by the prominent bariatric surgeon, Rami Lutfi, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., the Institute practices academic medicine with a full-time staff that includes: a dietitian / certified personal trainer, a Ph.D. psychologist, two experienced nurses, an insurance specialist, and a monthly support group, led by a dietitian.

What Our Patients are Saying

Natalie, real patient

Natalie - Lost 90 lbs

“Dr. Rami Lutfi and his staff have been absolutely wonderful throughout the entire Bariatric process. They truly care about your well-being and success to become the best version of yourself. I have lost 90 lbs in the course of 6 months and I’m still working hard to achieve my goals. Sticking to diet and exercise truly pays off. Bariatric surgery is a real lifestyle change and is a great tool to better your future health.”

Colin, real patient

Collin - Lost 130 lbs

“I cannot thank Dr. Lutfi and his incredible staff enough for helping me get my life back on track  From my initial consultation, to several post op appointments they have always had my best interests in mind throughout this process. It is an important decision and a lifestyle change that takes a big commitment, but with support from the medical team at Dr. Lutfi’s office, friends,and family; I believe it can be the best decision someone can make if they struggle with weight loss issues like I had since a teenager.”

Teresa - Lost 150 lbs

“Dr. Lutfi and his team are amazing.  I have been supported both physically and emotionally every step of my journey.  I cannot recommend Dr. Lutfi and Presence Hospital enough.  Best decision I have ever made!”

Pauline - Lost 100 lbs

“I have struggled with obesity my entire life, and when I had my son, my weight afterwards soared. I was in so much pain from the birth and carrying the excess weight that I could not work out and dieting was not helping. Due to the fact I had over 100 lbs to lose, I looked into having barbaric surgery and found Dr. Lutfi. His care and the amazing staff made my decision easy. I am now almost 100 lbs down and a fit, active mom with energy to spare! Thank you Dr. Lutfi!”

Michael - Lost 116 lbs

“The bariatric journey is definitely not an event that begins and ends with a surgical procedure — it’s a process that takes a lot of effort.  But on that journey, it is helpful to have the support of a comprehensive bariatric team. Certainly, it starts with expert surgical hands, like Dr. Lutfi’s.  I chose his practice due to his experience and enthusiasm. The medical and nutritional information provided by Markie and Erin made creating and sticking to a plan easy and straightforward….

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