Dr. Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the interim Chief of the division of General and GI surgery, co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery and the director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship.
Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal metabolism and nutrient sensing. His group’s goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.
He is an active member of many professional societies, and a member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He is an associate editor for the journal of Digestive Disease and Sciences and on the editorial board of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. He has been recognized for his dedication to surgical education with several teaching and mentorship award s.