Our Surgeons

 


Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates, PLLC

 

G. Derek Weiss, MD, FACS, FASMBS

• Medical Director of GCH Bariatric Center
• Center of Excellence Certified Bariatric Surgeon
• Board-certified General surgeon  since 1995

 

Our Bariatric Surgical Medical Director, Dr. Weiss, is a Louisville native and a board-certified general surgeon and certified Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon who has been in practice since 1994.   He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ivy League Dartmouth College where he majored in Biochemistry.  He graduated Cum Laude from The University of Louisville School of Medicine, finishing in the top 10% of his class and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.  He did his surgical training /residency at Emory University in Atlanta, where he worked under Dr. John Hunter, a renowned leader in advanced laparoscopy and previous President of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). 

 

Experience:   Thousands of primary minimally invasive weight loss surgeries
Approximately 2500 Roux-en-Y gastric bypasses, 3500 LapBand®s, approximately 1000 Gastric Sleeves, and the first and only surgeon in the state offering LGCP.

 

Procedures Offered:  
• Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
• Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
• Laparoscopic LapBand®
• Laparoscopic REALIZE-C™ Band
• Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication   

 

 BLIS Protection:  Yes   

 

Center of Excellence:  Yes

 

Location:   1138 Lexington Road, Georgetown, KY
Immediately adjacent to the GCH Bariatric Center Office (shared space)

 

Drs. Weiss is a  member and Fellow of The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, The American College of Surgeons, The American Medical Association, The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Kentucky Medical Association, the Greater Louisville Medical Society, and The Lexington Medical Society.

 


 

Eric F. Smith, DO
Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates, PLLC

  • Center of Excellence Designated Bariatric Surgeon
  • Center of Excellence Certified Bariatric Surgeon
  • Board Certified General Surgeon Since 2006
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Eric Smith, DO, is an Ashland, Kentucky, native, and a board-certified general surgeon and certified Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgeon who has been in practice since 2006.  He graduated Cum Laude from Marshall University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

 

He graduated in the top third in his class from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001.  He did his surgical internship and residency at Grandview Medical Center/ Dayton, Ohio, with Ohio University.  During his training, his hospital was named the first Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery in the state of Ohio.  He was awarded chief resident for an unprecedented 2 years.

 

Experience: Nearly a thousand primarily minimally invasive weight loss surgeries including Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Lap-Band and Realize gastric band and Sleeve Gastrectomy.

 

Dr. Smith has also performed over 240 robotic procedures many being robotic sleeve gastrectomy.  Dr. Smith is a case observation site surgeon for Intuitive Surgical, the company that makes the Davinci Robotic System and is also a Proctor and speaker for Intuitive Surgical.
 

 

Procedures Offered:  
• Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
• Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
• Laparoscopic LapBand®
• Laparoscopic REALIZE-C™ Band

 

Center of Excellence:  Yes

 

Location:   1138 Lexington Road, Ste 230, Georgetown, KY
Immediately adjacent to the GCH Bariatric Center Office (shared space)

 

Dr. Smith is a member of The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and a member of American Osteopathic Association.