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Dr. Philip Schauer is the Mary Kay and Terrell Brown endowed Professor of Metabolic Surgery at Pennington Biomedical Research Center of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Pennington Biomedical. 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).

After receiving his medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Dr. Schauer completed his residency in surgery at the University of Texas where he served as Chief Resident of General Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Prior to joining Cleveland Clinic in 2004, Dr. Schauer served as Director of Endoscopic Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery, and Director of the Mark Ravitch/Leon Hirsch Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Schauer’s clinical interests include surgery for severe obesity and gastrointestinal surgery. He has performed more than 8,000 operations for severe obesity and diabetes. His research interests include the pathophysiology of obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and outcomes of metabolic surgery.
New concepts in surgical training and education have been a major focus of Dr. Schauer’s educational interests. He has authored more than 400 scientific papers, editorials, and textbook chapters, related to obesity, bariatric surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. He is principal investigator of the STAMPEDE trail comparing medical and surgical treatment of diabetes published in New England Journal of Medicine. He has been principal investigator on 3 NIH funded studies evaluating surgical treatment of diabetes and obesity. He is co-editor of the textbooks Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery (Second Edition) and Prevention and Management of Complications in Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Schauer has been an invited speaker for more than 200 international lectures on the subject of metabolic surgery. He is past Chairman of the Bariatric Surgery Section of the Obesity Society. He has been a member of the Editorial Board of 4 scientific journals. Dr. Schauer has been on the board of Governors of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and has trained more than 100 fellows in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.