Mario Morales, M.D. 

SSM Weight-Loss Institute welcomes Mario Morales, M.D. 

ST. LOUIS (May 13, 2010) — Board-certified general surgeon Mario Morales, M.D., has been named to the medical staff of the SSM Weight-Loss Institute and is accepting new patients.

Morales, a graduate of the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his residency, he performed hundreds of bariatric surgeries and procedures under the direction of Dr. Roger de la Torre, the world renowned bariatric surgeon.

He recently completed a fellowship in Bariatric/Minimally Invasive Surgery with the SSM Weight-Loss Institute at SSM DePaul Health Center where he assisted Drs. Stephen Scott and Roger de la Torre, pioneers in the field of bariatric surgery, in more than 200 cases.  Also, during his fellowship, Dr. Morales was trained in SILS - Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery - and performs them routinely. SILS is the fast recovery care standard in weight-loss surgery.

Morales, who has additional certification in the fundamentals of laparoscopy, has written a wide range of publications – from peer-reviewed journals to chapters in surgery textbooks. He has also been a guest lecturer at the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery National Meeting.

About SSM Weight-Loss Institute

A primary service line of the SSM Health Care — St. Louis network, SSM Weight-Loss Institute is committed to relieving suffering from clinically severe obesity. The SSM Weight-Loss Institute offers breakthrough surgical and non-surgical options that can be tailored to fit our patients’ weight-loss goals. SSM Weight-Loss Institute surgeons have performed more than 5,000 life-changing and life-saving weight-loss surgeries to help our patients lead healthier and happier lives. SSM Weight-Loss Institute's non-surgical program is a full-service, medically supervised diet and exercise program called HMR® (Health Management Resources). We offer two convenient locations: SSM DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton and SSM St. Clare Health Center, Fenton.

To reach Dr. Morales and the SSM Weight-Loss Institute, contact 314-344-6800.

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