"Why We MUST Have a Multi-Center RCT for Metabolic Surgery!"

Philip Schauer, MD

Professor of Metabolic Surgery | Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Pennington Biomedical Research Institute of Louisiana State University

Dr. Philip Schauer is Professor of Metabolic Surgery and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Pennington Biomedical Research Institute of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is formerly Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He is past president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is former Chair and founder of Obesity Week (2012-present) and Co-Chair of the Diabetes Surgery Summit (2007, 2015, 2019).

Dr. Schauer’s clinical interests include obesity, diabetes and metabolic surgery. He has performed more than 8000 operations for severe obesity and diabetes. His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and outcomes of metabolic surgery.

He has authored more than 350 scientific papers, 60 textbook chapters, and 3 textbooks related to obesity, bariatric/metabolic surgery and gastrointestinal surgery with more than 20,000 citations. He is principal investigator of the STAMPEDE trail comparing medical and surgical treatment of diabetes published in New England Journal of Medicine (2012, 2014, 2017) with more than 3500 citations and numerous awards from American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, NIH and Wall Street Journal. He has been principal investigator on 3 NIH funded studies evaluating surgical treatment of diabetes and obesity. He is past chairman of the Bariatric Surgery Section of The Obesity Society (TOS). He has been a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and Obesity Surgery as well as 3 other scientific journals. He has been an invited speaker for more than 200 international lectures on the subject of metabolic surgery. He is founder of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) now in its 20th year. He has trained more than 200 postgraduate surgeons and 100 fellows in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery (3 Presidents of ASMBS). He holds 4 patents for medical devices. He is the recipient of the Cleveland Clinic 2015 Sones Award – highest honor for scientific innovation at the Cleveland Clinic. He is the recipient of the SAGES Pioneer in Surgical Endoscopy Award 2018.