Dr. Muffazal Lakdawala, MS, Founder CODS

Spearheading TEAM CODS is Dr. Lakdawala, one of Asia's most reputed and recognized laparoscopic surgeons and obesity experts. Dr. Lakdawala enjoys the distinction of pioneering the largest series of Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgeries (SILS) in Asia and the world with an incredible success rate. It was also due to his tireless efforts that the guidelines governing appropriateness for the use of bariatric surgery were revised to suit the Asian population where US based National Institute of Health (NIH) protocols were previously the gold standard for patient selection. Painstaking research on the differences in the Asian and Caucasian body type resulted in overturning the NIH guidelines and firmly planting the new Asia-specific markers.

This earned him the distinction of being Chairman, "Position Statement Committee of IFSO". IFSO (International Federation of the Society of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders) is a federation composed of national associations of bariatric surgeons with the overarching goal being the optimization of the treatment of severely obese patients.

Dr. Lakdawala holds the following positions:
  • President elect of IFSO APC (Asia Pacific)
  • Vice President, Obesity Surgery Society of India (OSSI)
  • Chairman, Position Statement Committee, International Federation of the Society of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • Board Member, AETF - Asian Endosurgery Task Force (AETF)
  • Member, Asia Pacific Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Society (APMBSS)
  • Director, Asian Consensus Meeting on Metabolic Surgery (ACMOMS)
  • Head, Dept. of Minimal Access and Bariatric Surgery, Saifee Hospital, Mumbai
  • Head, Expert Advisory Board for the Men’s Health Magazine

Dr. Lakdawala has authored several papers and presentations on laparoscopy and bariatric procedures, and has held several workshops and conferences on obesity, bariatric surgery and laparoscopy across Asia.

Dr. Lakdawala completed his residency in General Surgery from the University of Mumbai. He then completed his Masters in Surgery (MS) from BYL Nair Hospital, Mumbai. He was already an established name in laparascopy when he received his Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery from the Cleveland Clinic, USA, in 2005. Dr. Lakdawala is also a Fellow at the Department of Bariatrics at the University of Ghent Hospital, Belgium. He also holds a Fellowship in Advanced Laparascopic Colorectal Surgery from Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Lakdawala holds prestigious positions in numerous policy think tanks and clinical organizations globally. He is regularly hosted by several institutions across the globe to teach and practice bariatric and laparoscopic surgery across Asia (including live surgical demonstrations of complex revisional surgical procedures). He constantly pushes the envelope in the field of metabolic research and has numerous publications and presentations to his name. He has also instituted international fellowship programs where physicians from abroad train with him in India.

He currently lives in Mumbai with his wife Priyanka. He is an avid fan of cricket and is actively involved in Doctors' Crickets Association and was a apart of under-17 Mumbai team. He is a fitness freak and runs every day with his trainer. You can connect with him on Twitter.

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