Ariel Ortiz (MX)
Dr. Ariel Ortiz ®, is a General Surgeon with a specialty in Bariatric Surgery with nearly two
decades of experience in the field of weight loss surgery. He is Board Certified in General
Surgery, Board Certified in Bariatric Surgery and holds two professional licenses: A General
Medical license, as well as a General Surgery License (#2526822). Dr. Ariel Ortiz® gained
reputation early on after deciding to pursue Bariatric Surgery as his specialty in 1997. In the
late 90's only handful of surgeons were specialized in this field.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz® worked as a consultant training the first surgeons aspiring to learn bariatric
surgery, and traveled and lectured extensively in the United States and Canada. As a
consultant for Inamed Medical he proctored and performed surgery in over 100 hospitals
in the United States, including Cleveland Clinics, University of Chicago Medical Center, Mayo
Clinic, UCLA Medical Center, NYU Hospital, Mount Sinai, Lenox Hill, to name a few.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz® played a key role in the development and clinic application of implantable
medical devices for weight loss surgery, namely the Lap-Band System. His research and early
experience landed him a spot in the daytime talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" after
performing surgery on the youngest patient ever to undergo a bariatric procedure, which
set the foundation for its approval on teenage patients by the FDA. World famous for his
work with Lap-Band surgery patients, is now considered a leading authority in the field of
Bariatric Surgery, including the Gastric Sleeve, the Gastric Bypass and other Bariatric
He has been named Director of the first Bariatric Surgery Online Television Channel where
he lectures and trains other surgeons in the technical nuances of complex bariatric surgery
procedures. Dr. Ariel Ortiz® has trained hundreds of young surgeons around the world to
perform weight loss surgery safely and effectively. Obesity Control Center is a state-of-theart facility with the most modern broadcast capabilities and frequently transmits live
surgical procedures to the international meetings and symposiums around the globe.
He has been designated as an SRC Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
and is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons designated by the letters FACS
after his name, and is also a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric
Surgery indicated by the letters FASMBS after his name. Dr. Ariel Ortiz® was also the
youngest president of the National Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and is
currently full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.
Dr. Ortiz's academic appointments include: Professor of Surgery and Professor of Clinical
Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California School of Medicine and Professor
of Medical-Surgical Nursing at the University Ibero-Americana where he teaches young
physicians and surgical nurses the fundamentals of surgery and clinical medicine.
As an opinion leader Dr. Ariel Ortiz® is frequently invited as a guest speaker to numerous
lectures around the world. He is Director of the Obesity Control Center®, one of the most
awarded bariatric hospitals in the world. He is considered an innovator in the field of
bariatric surgery and holds numerous trademarks and patents. Some of his contributions to
the field of bariatrics include: Set the foundation for the approval by the FDA of weight loss
surgery in teenage patients after publishing the results on largest series of teenagers that
had undergone a weight loss procedure.
Dr. Ariel Ortiz® also performed the first banding of a gastric bypass to rescue a failing
procedure. He performed and published his early experience that lead to it becoming the
standard with which failed bypasses are treated around the world. His expertise in the
bariatric field, as well as his ability to innovate and adapt, helped him design the world's
first weight loss surgery requiring no stapling, re-routing or device implant and trademarked
it as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve®.
He has performed more procedures than all of the published cases combined. His most
recent collaboration resulted in the development and clinical use of the World's First
Swalloable Gastric Balloon for Non-Surgical Weight Loss and now benefits thousands of
patients around the world each year. He actively teaches Bariatric Surgery at one of the
designated sites for formal bariatric surgery training in Latin America. He is a surgical and
academic consultant for Medtronics Medical®, Ethicon Endosurgery® and Obalon