Dr. Sachin Kukreja

Certified Diplomate

Dr. Kukreja is proud to open Minimally Invasive Surgical Associates and its subdivision, Texas Weight Loss Docs. He truly loves the art and challenges of General and Bariatric surgery. He offers comprehensive obesity care from medications and diet counseling, to non-surgical solutions, to the full range of surgical options. He is passionate about surgery and offering compassionate and complete care for his patients.

After completion of medical school at the University of Texas Health Sciences at San Antonio, he did his General Surgery training at Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County (commonly referred to simply as Cook County). He then went on to do a Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his board certifications in both General Surgery and Obesity Medicine.

He founded the Bariatric surgery program at Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago in 2010 and remains the director of Bariatric Surgery at the Dallas VA. In 2016, he was the highest volume Robotic General Surgeon and did the most number of bariatric surgeries in the VA system. He has multiple publications in both journals and book chapters, has given numerous presentations across a wide variety of venues, has received teaching awards for Resident Education, belongs to various national committees, has performed live surgery broadcast to national meetings, and remains Assistant Professor of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Current Position

  • December 2016 - PresentMinimally Invasive Surgical Associates. Minimally Invasive General and Bariatric Surgery; Dallas, TX
  • November 2015 - PresentSpeaker for Smith and Nephew
  • August 2015 - PresentConsultant, Speaker, and Proctor for Enteromedics
    Member Scientific Advisory Board
  • November 2012 - PresentNorth Texas Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. Minimally Invasive General and Bariatric Surgery. Director of Bariatric Surgery; Dallas, TX
    General Surgery Residency Site Director (effective June 2013)
  • November 2012 - PresentUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Assistant Professor of Surgery - Division of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery; Dallas, TX
  • March 2011 - January 2013Rosalind Franklin University / Chicago Medical School. Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery; Chicago, IL
  • August 2010 - January 2013Mount Sinai Hospital. General Surgery; Chicago, IL
    Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
    Awards: Dr. William Schumer Teaching Award – Nominated by Surgical Housestaff, 2011-2012 Academic Year

Training / Education

  • 2009 - 2010Medical College of Wisconsin and Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship. Clinical Instructor; Milwaukee, WI
  • 2005 - 2009Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Integrated General Surgery Residency; Chicago, IL
    Awards: 19th SLS Annual Meeting and Endo Expo Scholarship Recipient, 2009
  • 2004 - 2005Rush University Medical Center and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County Integrated General Surgery Internship; Chicago, IL
  • 2000 - 2004University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA); San Antonio, TX
    Doctor of Medicine
  • 1996 - 2000Austin College; Sherman, TX
    Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Minor in Psychology
    Awards: Cum laude
  • 1996St. Mark’s School of Texas; Dallas, TX.

Professional Associations

  • 2013 - PresentTexas Association of Bariatric Surgeons (TABS)
  • 2012 - PresentAssociation for Academic Surgery (AAS)
  • 2011 - 2012Metro Chicago Chapter of the American College of Surgeons
    Chicago Surgical Society (CSS)
  • 2010 - PresentAmerican Hernia Society (AHS)
  • 2009 - PresentAmerican Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
    Fellow Status: 2015
  • 2009 - 2010Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)
    Wisconsin Surgical Society (WSS)
  • 2007 - PresentAmerican College of Surgeons – Associate Member
    Fellow Status: 2012
    North Texas Chapter Member 2015
    Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • 2007 - 2009Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)

Professional Activities

  • 2017Orbera Training Certification
    Faculty for Minimally Invasive Fellows Robotics Training Course LINX Annual Users Meeting
  • 2016Stretta Certifications
    North Texas American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting Moderator for “How I Do It”
  • 2015Texas Association of Surgical Skills Labs (TASSL) da Vinci Training Program for Chief Surgical Residents
    Intuitive Fellows Robotic Surgery Training Course
    Enteromedics Vagal Blocking Maestro System (VBloc) Training for Weight Loss
  • 2014SAGES Annual Meeting Faculty Moderator for “SAGES Jeopardy”
  • 2013Intuitive Robotic Surgery “Single-site Cholecystectomy” Training with Wet-lab
    Intuitive Robotic Surgery Certification through Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • 2012 - PresentSAGES Bariatric Liaison Committee
    SAGES Continuing Education Committee
  • 2012Course Chair, SAGES Basic Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Resident Course (Cincinnati, OH)
  • 2011Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Annual Meeting Moderator, General Surgery Forum
    Fundamentals of Endoscopic Surgery (FES) Trainer Certification Course
  • 2010 - 2012Mount Sinai Hospital Operating Room Committee
    Mount Sinai Hospital Surgical Quality Committee
    Mount Sinai Hospital Operating Room Cost Containment Committee
  • 2010 - PresentSAGES Resident Education Committee
    Faculty, SAGES Resident Education Courses (Cincinnati, OH; Tampa, FL)
  • 2008 - 2009Academic Chief Resident
  • 2004 - 2009Resident Advisory Committee
  • 2007 - 2008Assistant Academic Chief Resident
  • 2000 - 2004Admissions Committee, UTHSCSA
  • 2002 - 2003Regional Academic Health Center Liaison, UTHSCSA

Presentations

  • 2017
    • Bariatric Surgery Complications for the General Surgery: Methodist Dallas Medical Center General Surgery Grand Rounds. August 2017: Dallas, TX
    • Bariatric Surgery for the Anesthesiologist. North Texas Veteran Affairs Anesthesia Grand Rounds. April 2017: Dallas, TX
    • Intermediate Term Outcomes of Vagal Blockade (Vbloc). Surgical Disruptive Technology Summit. March 2017: Houston, TX
  • 2016
    • Bariatric Surgery: The Cure for What Ails Us? Methodist Dallas Medical Center Internal Medicine Grand Rounds. December 2016: Dallas, TX
    • The Value of Vagal Blockade (Vbloc) in a Surgical Practice. Surgical Disruptive Technology Summit. March 2016: Houston, TX
    • Polanco P, Pastorek R, El Ahmadieh T, Kukreja S. Robotic Liver Resection of Left Lateral Section in a Cirrhotic Patient with Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Top Rated Video at the Society of Surgical Oncology 69th Annual Cancer Symposium. Boston, MA March 2016
    • Patel P, Mokdad A, Kukreja S, Huerta S. Incidence and Predictors of Metachronous Inguinal Hernias in Veteran Patients. Oral Presentation at 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. February 2016: Jacksonville, FL
    • Nassour I, Kukreja S, Almandoz J, Puzziferri N. Obesity-Related Comorbidity Outcomes 4 years After Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy in Veterans. Oral Presentation at 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. February 2016: Jacksonville, FL
    • The Role of Vagal Blockade (Vbloc) in the Surgical Management of Obesity. Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons Annual Meeting; January 2016: San Antonio, TX
    • Obesity and Bariatric Surgery: Myths vs. Facts. University of Texas Southwestern Department of Surgery Grand Rounds; January 2016: Dallas, TX
  • 2015
    • Nassour I, Kukreja S. Robotic Cystgastrostomy with Pancreatic Necrosectomy. Poster Presentation at Annual American Pancreatic Association Meeting; November 2015: San Diego, CA
    • Ramzan Z, Kukreja S. Utility of CA 19-9 in Predicting Metastatic Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma in Veteran Patients. Poster Presentation at Annual American Pancreatic Association Meeting; October 2015: Honolulu, HI
    • Ramzan Z, Kukreja S. Predictors of Early Mortality in Veteran Patients with Pancreatic Cancer. Poster Presentation at Annual American Pancreatic Association Meeting; October 2015: Honolulu, HI
    • The Robotics (R)evolution. Methodist Health System Department of Surgery Grand Rounds; September 2015: Dallas, TX
  • 2014Naveed M, Rossen J, Dunbar K, Ramzan Z, Kukreja S. Esophagogastric fistula related to Nissen Fundoplication. Poster Presentation at Annual ACG Meeting; October 2014: Philadelphia, PA
  • 2013
    • Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery. SAGES Intermediate Resident Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Course; December 2013: London, Ontario Canada
    • Kukreja S, Bonomo S, Tawfik-Sexton D. Short-Term Weight Loss Results in a Medicaid Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding Program. Poster Presentation at the American Society of Bariatric Physicians Annual Meeting; October 2013: Phoenix, AZ
    • Bariatric Surgery Complications for the Non-Bariatric Surgeon. Methodist Health System Department of Surgery Grand Rounds; November 2013: Dallas, TX
    • Bariatric Surgery for the Gastroenterologist. University of Texas Southwestern Department of Gastroenterology Grand Rounds; October 2013: Dallas, TX
    • Surgical Management of the Hiatal Hernia. SAGES Advanced Resident Hernia Course (Course Chair); May 2013; Tampa, FL
    • Surgical Management of Reflux for the Gastroenterologist. University of Texas Southwestern Department of Gastroenterology Grand Rounds; April 2013: Dallas, TX
    • Laparoscopic Foregut Surgery. SAGES Basic Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Resident Education Course; March 2013: Cincinnati, OH
    • Changchien E, Kukreja S. Colon Injury During Laparoscopic Parastomal Hernia Repair. Video Presentation at EuroAmerican Multi-Specialty Summit; February 2013: Orlando, FL
    • Changchien E, Kukreja S. Are Patients Able to Meet Their Short-Term Weight Loss Expectations Following Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding? Oral Presentation at Annual Academic Surgical Congress; February 2013: New Orleans, LA
  • 2012
    • Management of the Acute Bariatric Surgery Complication for the Non-Bariatric Surgeon. SAGES Resident Education Webinar, Live Broadcast; December 2012: Cleveland, OH
    • Tawfik D, Ver M, Mithani R, Kukreja S. Reliability of Upper Endoscopy for Diagnosing Hiatal Hernia in the Setting of Preoperative Testing for Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding. Poster Presentation at the American College of Gastroenterology (AGA) Annual Meeting; October 2012: Las Vegas, NV
    • Minimally Invasive Approaches to the Pancreas. SAGES Advanced Foregut Resident Education Course; September 2012: Cincinnati, OH
    • Laparoscopic Foregut and Anti-Reflux Surgery. SAGES Basic Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Resident Education Course; August 2012: Cincinnati, OH
    • Common Bariatric Surgery Complications and their Management. SAGES Advanced Bariatric and Foregut Resident Education Course; April 2012: Cincinnati, OH
    • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair. SAGES Basic Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Resident Education Course; April 2012: Cincinnati, OH
    • Ver M, Kukreja S. Periumbilical Skin Necrosis Secondary to Omental Infarction During Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair. Poster Presentation at American Hernia Society (AHS) Annual Meeting; March 2012: New York City, NY
    • Changchien E, Tawfik D, Kukreja S. Short-term use of a laparoscopic virtual reality simulator in one surgical residency: a survey of residents. Poster Presentation at Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Annual Meeting; March 2012: San Diego, CA
  • 2011
    • Bariatric Surgery Emergencies for the General Surgeon. SAGES Resident Education Webinar, Live Broadcast; November 2011: Cleveland, OH
    • Tawfik D, Wise S, Vargish T, Kukreja S. Barriers to Laparoscopic Simulation Among General Surgery Trainees. Oral Presentation at the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Annual Meeting; September 2011: Los Angeles, CA
    • Endolumenal Treatments of Esophageal Diseases. SAGES Advanced Foregut and Bariatric Resident Education Course; May 2011: Cincinnati, OH
    • Kukreja S, Wallace J, Goldblatt, M. Laparoscopic Redo Nissen Fundoplication and Esophageal Diverticulectomy. Video Presented at 13th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES) Video, Best of Video Session; April 2011: San Antonio, TX
    • Kukreja S, Goldblatt, M. Use of Self-Fixating Mesh in a Modified Rives-Stoppa Repair. Poster Presented at the American Hernia Society Annual Meeting; March 2011: San Francisco, CA
  • 2010
    • Kukreja S; Wallace J, Goldblatt M. Laparoscopic Redo Nissen Fundoplication with Esophageal Diverticulectomy. Video Presentation at the Wisconsin Surgical Society Meeting in November 2010; Kohler, WI
    • Kukreja S, Goldblatt M, Wallace J. Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration with Choledochotomy After Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass. Video Presentation at the Wisconsin Surgical Society Meeting in November 2010; Kohler, WI
    • Cox M, Kukreja, S; Goldblatt M; Wallace J. Laparoscopic Adjustable Banding of Gastric Pouch After Prior Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Video Presentation at the Wisconsin Surgical Society Meeting in November 2010; Kohler, WI
    • Cox M, Kukreja S, Goldblatt M; Pappas S. Laparoscopic Duodenojejunostomy for Superior Mesenteric Artery Syndrome. Video Presentation at the Wisconsin Surgical Society Meeting in November 2010; Kohler, WI
    • Kukreja S, Cox M, Carpiaux A, Goldblatt M, Wallace J. The Utility of Ultrasound in Diagnosing Hepatic Steatosis in the Morbidly Obese. Oral Presentation at the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting; September 2010: New York City, NY
    • Kukreja S, Cox A, Goldblatt M, Wallace J. Higher Doses of Daltaparin Required of the Morbidly Obese Undergoing Bariatric Surgery. Oral Presentation at the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Annual Meeting; September 2010: New York City, NY
    • Kukreja S, Goldblatt M, Wallace J. Laparoscopic Gastric Access for Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) following Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). 12th World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES) Video, Bariatric Session; April 2010: National Harbor, MA
    • Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) – Where Are We and Where are We Going? Surgery Grand Rounds, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; January 2010
  • 2009
    • A Systematic Approach to Abnormal Liver Functions in the Post Gastric Bypass Patient. Midwest Minimally Invasive Surgery Teleconference, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; August 2009
    • Minimally Invasive Approaches to Necrotizing Pancreatitis. Department of Surgery Grand Rounds, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; May 2009
  • 2008
    • Kukreja S, Esteben-Agusti E, Velasco J, Hieken T. Increased Lymph Node Evaluation with Colorectal Cancer Resection: Does It Improve Detection of Stage III Disease? Oral Presentation at the Western Surgical Association Scientific Session; November 2008: Santa Fe, NM
    • Choh M, Esteban-Agusti E, Kukreja S, Velasco J, Hieken T. Variation in Lymph Node Count in Colorectal Cancer Resection is Unaffected by Surgeon, Specialty, Volume, and Technique. Poster Presentation: Society of Surgical Oncology, 61st Annual Cancer Symposium; Chicago, IL: March 2008

Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

  • 2017
    • Nassour I, Almondoz JP, Adams-Huet B, Kukreja S, Puzziferri N. Metabolic Syndrome Remission After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy. Sept 2017; Vol 10: 393-402
    • Itum D, Kukreja S. Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy. SAGES Manual of Robotic Surgery. Springer Publications, 2017
    • Guzzetta A, Kukreja S. Robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Robotic Revisional Bariatric Surgery. SAGES Manual of Robotic Surgery. Springer Publications, 2017
    • Kirkendall S, Kukreja S. Robotic Inguinal Hernia. SAGES Manual of Robotic Surgery. Springer Publications, 2017
  • 2016Kim DD, Zhu H, Nassri AB, Mokdad A, Kukreja S, Polanco P, Huerta S, Ramzan Z. Survival Analysis of Veteran Patients with Pancreatic Cancer. J Dig Dis. May 2016 (Epub ahead of print)
  • 2015
    • Nassour I, Ramzan Z, Kukreja S. Robotic Cystgastrostomy with Pancreatic Necrosectomy. Journal of Robotic Surgery April 2016; pp1-4
    • Kukreja S. Endoscopy: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy. Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) Core Module.
    • Kukreja S. Endoscopy: Colonoscopy. Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) Core Module.
    • Huerta S, Kukreja S, Butler D. No Gut Syndrome: Near Total Enterectomy. J Gastrointestinal Surg 2015; 19(9):973-80
    • Naveed M, Rossen J, Dunbar K, Ramzan Z, Kukreja S. Diagnosis and Management of an Esophagogastric Fistula as a Rare Complication of Nissen Fundoplication. ACG Case Rep J 2015; 2(2):68-69
  • 2012
  • 2011Cull JD, Kukreja S, Hieken TJ. Surgical Treatment of Colorectal Cancer in the Advanced Elderly: Does Outcome Justify Treatment? J Clin Oncol 2011: 29(suppl; abstr 3629)
  • 2010Bordoli S, Kukreja S, Velasco J, Hieken T. The Impact of Metastatic Lymph Node Ratio on Survival in Node-Positive Colon Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 2010; 17(S1):S88
  • 2009
    • Kukreja S, Esteben-Agusti E, Velasco J, Hieken T. Increased Lymph Node Evaluation with Colorectal Cancer Resection: Does It Improve Detection of Stage III Disease? Arch Surg. 2009; 144(7):612-617
    • Kukreja S, Saclarides T. Transanal Approaches to Rectal Cancer. Improved Outcomes in Colon and Rectal Surgery. London, UK: Informa Healthcare USA, 2009

Languages

  • My primary language is English; however, I am also versed in medical Spanish

Clinical Interests

  • Minimally Invasive (Laparoscopic and Robotic) Bariatric Surgery, Foregut including Antireflux, and Abdominal Wall Repair

Miscellaneous

  • BLS and ACLS are up to date

References

  • Available Upon Request