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Internationally Renowned Bariatric Surgeon

Rami Lutfi, MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Past President, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation
  • Past President, Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgery
  • Founder, Midwest Bariatric Summit
  • Travels internationally training other metabolic and bariatric surgeons on the most recent, innovative techniques utilized today
  • Performed thousands of bariatric procedures, and written extensively about metabolic and bariatric surgery for leading medical journals
  • Performed the first laparoscopic gastric sleeve in the state of Illinois
  • Medical Director and Section Chief of Metabolic Surgery and Weight Loss, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program Director, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Diplomate, American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Completed Clinical Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Vanderbilt University
  • Completed Research Fellowship in Foregut Disorders and Obesity, Vanderbilt University



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BMI – Body Mass Index

Obesity isn’t just a matter of how much a person weighs. It depends to some degree on the Body Mass Index (BMI). This is a number that divides weight by height in metric measurements – weight in kilograms and height in meters squared.

You can calculate your own BMI even if you don’t know your weight and height in metric numbers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an easy BMI calculator that allows you to enter your height in feet and inches and your weight in pounds.

The BMI scale assesses whether you are underweight through to severely obese as follows:

Supplied by BMI Calculator USA


Weight Designation

Under 18.5


18.5 – 24.9

Ideal weight

25 – 29.9


30 – 34.9


35 – 39.9

Severely obese

40 – 49.9

Morbidly obese


Super obese

Waist circumference is also considered to be an important measurement. This is because carrying considerable fat in the waist and abdomen has been shown to cause potentially more serious health problems than carrying fat in other parts of the body. A woman is considered obese if her waist measurement is more than 35 inches. A man is considered obese if his waist measurement is more than 40 inches.

Generally speaking, however, Intragastric Balloon surgery requires a minimum BMI of 30, while all other bariatric surgeries require a minimum BMI of 35 with a weight-related health problem or 40 with or without a weight related health problem.

At the Institute, we take into account your entire medical history, as well as your goals and lifestyle, to design a customized weight loss plan that will suit your life. We strive to help you lose weight safely and improve medical conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Contact us today to find out more about our thorough and caring Obesity & Bariatric Program with Dr. Lutfi.

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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