Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery
Robert Bell, MD, MA , is a board-certified general surgeon with additional training in laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. aparoscopic antireflux surgery; laparoscopic surgery for achalasia; laparoscopic abdominal-wall hernia repairs; gastrointestinal (GI) surgery, especially bariatric surgery for morbid obesity.
Dr. Bell’s clinical practice largely comprises obesity surgery, surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease, esophageal dysmotility/achalasia, gallbladder disease, and hernias of the abdominal wall (inguinal and ventral/incisional). Nearly all surgeries are performed utilizing a minimally invasive technique. Additionally, he is one of a few surgeons in the state who perform revisionary (“re-do”) obesity surgeries and revisionary anti-reflux procedures.
Dr. Bell initiated the Bariatric Surgery program at Yale New Haven Hospital where, prior to his arrival, weight loss surgery was not being performed. He is now the senior-most minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon. Dr. Bell assumed leadership roles in both fields for Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital in 2003. He is the Director of Bariatric Surgery and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Dr. Bell is also the Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery for Yale New Haven Hospital and oversees all of the care rendered to the hospital’s Bariatric patients, including anesthesia, radiology, floor and perioperative nursing, and myriad consulting services. The American Society of Bariatric Surgery recognizes Dr. Bell and Yale New Haven Hospital as a Center of Excellence. Oversight of the Center of Excellence includes preoperative counseling and review of all potential weight loss surgery candidates, performance of a variety of weight loss surgical procedures, and postoperative follow-up. All long-term outcome measures are prospectively and longitudinally followed including post procedure weight loss and co-morbidity resolution.
In 2004, Dr. Bell established the Yale Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Fellowship and has served as the Fellowship Director since its inception. He is involved in the clinical and scholarly activities of the MIS fellow on a daily basis, paying special attention to their career development. All of our graduating fellows have assumed high-level academic positions.
Andrew Duffy, MD , General, Board Certified is fellowship-trained in minimal access colon surgery. Specializing in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery; laparoscopic colon surgery for colon cancer or diverticulitis; laparoscopic bariatric surgery for morbid obesity; laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery; laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding; laparoscopic surgery for reflux and achalasia; laparoscopic Nissen, laparoscopic Heller myotomy; laparoscopic splenectomy; laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair; laparoscopic repair of abdominal-wall hernias; laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias; gall bladder; gall stones; cholecystectomy; gall stone pancreatitis; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD); Crohn's disease; ulcerative colitis; appendicitis; gastroparesis.
Kurt Roberts, MD , is a board-certified general surgeon who is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery. He specializes in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery; laparoscopic bariatric surgery; laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and especially laparoscopic gastric banding; laparoscopic repair of inguinal hernias and abdominal wall hernias such as incisional hernias or ventral hernias; laparoscopic gallbladder surgery; cholecystectomy; laparoscopic surgery for reflux and achalasia (esophagus); laparoscopic colon surgery; laparoscopic emergency general surgery; endoluminal therapy (a revolutionary approach to Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease - GERD); laparoscopic surgery for pancreatitis.
Additionally, he focuses on new technology and techniques in advanced minimally invasive surgery including Single Port Surgery or Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), i.e. removal of the appendix or gallbladder through only one small incision hidden in the umbilicus (belly button). He also performs scarless surgery (Natural Orifice Transluminal Surgery - NOTES) through natural orifices such as the stomach or vagina for patients with appendicitis or symptomatic gallbladder disease.