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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.
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