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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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Weight Loss Journey


Most insurance policies will cover bariatric surgery. Navigating insurance can be a confusing process, but at the Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics we have helped thousands of patients understand their insurance options and have a successful approval rate. 

Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

As soon as you come into our Institute, you will be treated like family. We know all of our patients by name, and you will meet Dr. Lutfi on your very first visit.

Day of Surgery

We know that you will feel nervous when you arrive for your surgery, so we will do everything we can to help you feel at ease. Dr. Lutfi and our staff will answer any remaining questions you have, and we’ll review the day’s plans with you. We want to make sure that you know exactly what to expect and feel as comfortable as possible.

Recovery & Follow Up

After surgery, most of our patients spend one night in the hospital and go home the next day. They can begin exercising almost immediately. Since Dr. Lutfi performs minimally invasive bariatric surgeries, the recovery time is shorter and patients are left with only 4-5 small scars.

 Life After Surgery

Bariatric surgery is just the beginning of your weight loss journey, so your treatment at our Institute does not end with your procedure. Our team will continue to work with you and help you to maintain your new lifestyle. We function almost like coaches to make sure you are well-informed and never lose your enthusiasm for eating healthy, exercising, and adhering to your new lifestyle.

 Support Group

Bariatric surgery is a tool to help you in your journey of weight loss. It is not a complete solution that will cure obesity alone. In order to achieve lasting success, lifestyle changes must be made that complement the weight loss surgery. One of the best ways to educate yourself, feel the support of a community, and get advice from others is to attend the bariatric surgery support group at the Chicago Institute of Advanced Surgery.

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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