Free public lecture explores benefits of weight-loss surgery

WHAT: A discussion on weight-loss surgery and how it can improve health and quality of life for those who have been unsuccessful losing weight through other methods.

The presentation is free and open to the public. It offers valuable information on weight-loss surgery for those considering the procedures for themselves or planning to support a friend or relative through the process, as well as for the medical community.

It kicks off a new lecture series featuring the physicians of UT Medicine San Antonio, the medical practice of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Conference Room B, Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, in the South Texas Medical Center area.

WHO: Richard Peterson, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S., chief of bariatric and metabolic surgery at the UT Health Science Center and director of the UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.

Dr. Peterson, who served two combat tours with the U.S. Air Force, previously led the bariatric surgery program at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He expanded the program into the largest of its kind within the Department of Defense and advised the Air Force Surgeon General on bariatrics.

He was initially drawn to bariatric surgery during residency, and his passion for the work has grown over the years. “As a surgeon, you want to have an impact,” Dr. Peterson said. “Seeing the early effects of the surgeries – just to see someone’s life change within months – is amazing.”

NOTES: Dr. Peterson will give a brief presentation before taking questions from those in attendance.

The UT Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery’s mission is to improve quality of life for its patients and to prevent or control health problems associated with obesity. New patients receive detailed one-on-one attention, extensive health screenings and nutritional counseling before surgery. After surgery, the medical team continues to care for patients in the years to come.
Dr. Peterson and his team perform four types of weight-loss surgeries:

  • laparoscopic gastric bypass (sometimes called laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass)
  • laparoscopic adjustable gastric band
  • laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy
  • laparoscopic revision weight-loss surgery

For more information, visit or call 210-450-9900.

UT Medicine San Antonio is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. With more than 700 doctors – all faculty from the School of Medicine – UT Medicine is the largest medical practice in Central and South Texas, with expertise in more than 60 different branches of medicine. Primary care doctors and specialists see patients in private practice at UT Medicine’s clinical home, the Medical Arts & Research Center (MARC), located in the South Texas Medical Center at 8300 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio 78229. Most major health plans are accepted, and there are clinics and physicians at several local and regional hospitals, including CHRISTUS Santa Rosa, University Hospital and Baptist Medical Center. Call (210) 450-9000 to schedule an appointment, or visit the Web site at for a complete listing of clinics and phone numbers.

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