About Our Bariatric Practice
Dr. Moises Jacobs and Dr. Eddie Gomez have made laparoscopic bariatric surgery their life’s work. The group was the first in Miami to perform various bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass in 1996, placement of laparoscopic bands in 2000 (as part of the Inamed FDA trial on bands in 2000 and with Johnson & Johnson in 2004 for the second FDA trial), and in 2005 performed the first gastric sleeve in Miami. Since 2005, they have refined the gastric sleeve technique creating smaller gastric tubes and using smaller caliber instruments. They also form part of a teaching faculty for gastric sleeve courses. In addition to bariatrics, they also perform colorectal, heartburn, and general surgery.
The Miami International Surgeons Services, or MISS group, provides minimally invasive bariatric, colorectal, heartburn, robotic anorectal physiological studies, and hernia procedures for patients at Jackson South Community Hospital. The group is comprised of six surgeons who have pioneered minimally invasive surgery for more than 20 years.
The surgical group is comprised of the following surgeons:
Medical Directors Moises Jacobs, M.D., FACS and Gustavo Plasencia, M.D., FACS, FASCRS; Eddie Gomez, M.D., FACS; Rene F. Hartmann, M.D., FACS, FASCRS; Henry J. Lujan, M.D., FACS, FASCRS; and Manuel Viamonte III, M.D., FACS, FASCRS.