Meet Our Surgeons
Dr. Michael Snyder, Bariatric Surgeon and Bariatric Medical Director
Dr. Snyder is an American College of Surgeons, board-certified, general surgeon in Denver, CO. He first became interested in Bariatric Surgery during his residency in Portland, OR, at Oregon Health Sciences University. Since establishing his practice in Colorado, he has further pursued this interest. He is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and is Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center at Rose Medical Center.
His bariatric training has been comprehensive and methodical. He sought out and attended an ASBS certified preceptor ship in Eugene, OR, in August 2000, in order to learn from one of the giants in the field—Dr. Latham Flanagan, Jr. He returned to Colorado to establish the Denver Center for Bariatric Surgery, PC. After becoming established and gaining considerable experience in the field of open gastric bypass surgery, he then went to Jupiter, FL, to train with Dr. Jefferson Vaughan, Jr., and start developing his expertise and knowledge in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) bariatric procedures. Already an accomplished, advanced, laparoscopic, general surgeon and a member of SAGES (the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons), Dr. Snyder felt that his bariatric program was prepared to take the next step.
When Dr. Snyder was ready to start the advanced laparoscopic branch of his bariatric practice, he went to San Diego, CA, where he trained with the recognized leader of the field of laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who had already made an internationally-recognized name for himself as an expert in the advance laparoscopic realm.
The next advance made in the bariatric realm, after the laparoscopic bypass program was in place and successful, was the addition of the Lap-Band to his armamentarium in the treatment of morbid obesity. He was educated on this process in the summer of 2001 at the ASBS conference in Las Vegas, NV. Then, after passing the strict selection criteria set forth by the Lap-Band parent company, he completed his Lap-Band training under Dr. Robert Snow and Dr. Juan Antonio Lopez.
Dr. Snyder is now an international leader in the field of bariatric surgery. As of February 2011, he has personally done approximately 4,000 primary bariatric surgical procedures and his patients have lost over 300,000 pounds. His program is the most comprehensive and highest volume program in the region. He regularly treats patients from all over the US and, when appropriate, from other countries. He is the most experienced bariatric surgeon in the region. (And, in the bariatric and laparoscopic surgical care and management realm, experience and surgical volume are critical predictors of safety and success.)
Dr. Snyder is an internationally published author (1/2011) of the Hay House publication, Full: A Life Without Dieting. And, he also works to help those who are not candidates for weight-loss surgery through his company FullBar, LLC. At present, his products are found in over 35,000 stores across the US, Mexico, and Canada.
Dr. Snyder’s interest in Bariatric Surgery is based on his knowledge that morbid obesity is one of the essential, yet almost wholly ignored, diseases that physicians are exposed to every day. He believes that, in the appropriate patient, the surgical treatment of morbid obesity is the essential therapy that can cure a myriad of ills. He has found that in his patients the results are dramatic—ranging from life-changing to life-saving. He appreciates and is humbled by the honor and responsibility of caring for his patients struggling with this most debilitating condition.
Dr. Doru Georgescu, Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Doru Georgescu is a Board-Certified surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons with over 25 years of experience in general, vascular and thoracic surgery and 20 years of expertise in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is the Medical Director for the Center for Weight Loss Surgery at North Suburban Medical Center. Dr. Georgescu embraced weight-loss surgery with enthusiasm and compassion, learning from leaders in the field in the U.S.A. and abroad. He brought to the Bariatric Surgery Program at Center of Surgical Specialists his vast experience and training, performing almost all these surgeries laparoscopically. He also maintains a great deal of interest in oncological surgery, with particular focus in pancreatic, stomach and colon cancer. In addition, Dr. Georgescu has been performing anterior exposure of the spine for more than 15 years. This is a team approach between an access surgeon and a spine surgeon for treating complex pathology of the spine. He is also a member of the faculty of leading surgeons teaching this procedure to other surgeons. Dr. Georgescu is committed to implement the latest knowledge and most advanced surgical techniques in his daily practice.
Dr. Georgescu has many years of teaching experience, beginning in Romania where he taught anatomy to the students at the Medical School in Bucharest. In his practice at Center of Surgical Specialists, he teaches and mentors students from several medical schools across the country. He was appointed Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery for Touro University in California. Dr. Georgescu teaches courses and proctors surgeons for the anterior exposure of the spine procedures both in the United States and around the world.
Appointments and Memberships
Dr. Georgescu is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a full member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Georgescu has held hospital leadership positions including Chairman of the surgical department and member of the Quality Assurance Committee. He also serves as a consultant for Synthes Spine and Gore medical products.
Education and Training
Dr. Georgescu was born in Bucharest, Romania. He graduated from Medical School in Bucharest in 1980. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the National Oncological Institute and Fundeni Hospital in Bucharest and passed his board examination in general surgery in 1986 ranking second in the country. In 1989, Dr. Georgescu came to the United States and was accepted into Cornell University’s surgical residency program at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Denver in 1994 and shortly thereafter passed his American boards in surgery. His training in bariatric surgery included a mini-fellowship in Salt Lake City with Rocky Mountain Associated Physicians, one of the nation’s more prestigious and experienced weight loss surgical practices. In addition, he spent time learning from numerous well-known practices across the United States as well as from one of the fathers of the Lap-Band procedure, Dr. Mitiku Belachew in Belgium and Dr. Roberto Rumbaut, a renowned bariatric surgeon in Monterey, Mexico.
Dr. Georgescu recognizes that the field of surgery continues to change and he keeps up with the latest discoveries by attending medical conferences and advanced continuing medical education.
Dr. Matt Metz, Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Metz is a board-certified, fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Metz has been certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence Surgeon by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. In this capacity, Dr. Metz has completed specialized training and continuing education in bariatric surgery as well as performed a high number of surgeries each year. Dr. Metz has also been named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Metz was recruited to Denver from the Cleveland Clinic, one of the most well-known Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowships in the country. While serving in this capacity, Dr. Metz performed over three hundred Advanced Laparoscopic and Endoscopic procedures. Since arriving in Denver in 2007, he has performed more than 1,500 additional cases, including Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy, single incision laparoscopic procedures, duodenal switch, revisions and advanced endoscopic cases. Currently, Dr. Metz is the only bariatric surgeon in Colorado performing the duodenal switch.
Dr. Metz's complication rate remains one of the lowest in the region, despite being a surgeon who specializes in high-risk, complex cases. He is well known in the area for his kind demeanor, technical proficiency and compassionate bedside manner.
Dr. John S. Weaver, Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Weaver, a native of Colorado, attended Colgate University in New York and earned a BA degree with a concentration in Asian Studies. He returned to Colorado and completed medical school and his general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to complete a minimally invasive and bariatric surgical fellowship at Emory University.
Dr. Weaver is a board-certified general surgeon and joined Western Surgical Care, P.C. in September 2010. He practices as a general and advanced laparoscopic surgeon. His special interests encompass the surgical approach to obesity (bariatric surgery), gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal dysmotility disorders, gastrointestinal surgery and hernia surgery. Additionally, Dr. Weaver is now evaluating patients suffering from reflux for the new EsophyX, incision-less anti-reflux procedure.
Dr. Weaver is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Colorado Medical Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and an associate fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Weaver is married and enjoys leading a very active outdoor lifestyle. He and his wife spend a lot of time biking, camping, hiking and cooking. They are both avid skiers and enjoy the new challenges of telemark skiing. Dr. Weaver also loves spending time on the golf course.