Max Institute of Minimal Access, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MAMBS) in New Delhi and Saifee Hospital Minimal Access Centre of Excellence (MACE) in Mumbai have received International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery (ICETM) award from US-based Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an independent, non-profit organisation that aims to advance safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgery worldwide.
The ICE designation, awarded at the same time to hospitals and individual surgeons, was achieved by Max Institute of MAMBS and its director Dr Pradeep Chowbey. Dr Chowbey, who is the honorary laparoscopic surgeon to President of India and surgeon to Dalai Lama, is listed in Guinness and Limca Book of Records for performing most laparoscopic surgeries (over 50,000). Under his leadership, the institute has conducted minimal access and bariatric training to more than 2,500 Indian and international surgeons.
“Earning ICE designation confirms our commitment to bariatric surgery and ability to consistently deliver the highest standard of care possible,” said Dr Pradeep Chowbey, who is also president of IFSO Asia-Pacific Chapter and Asia-Pacific Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Society. “We are excited to join the best in our specialty and earn recognition in this important centre of excellence programme.”
Saifee Hospital and Dr Muffazal Lakdawala and Dr Aparna G Bhasker also earned ICE designation. Dr Lakdawala, who serves as vice president of Obesity Surgery Society of India and chairman of IFSO’s Position Statement Committee, has provided bariatric care to more than 1,000 patients and established new guidelines for bariatric and metabolic surgery that are specific to the Asian genotype. Dr Bhasker is the youngest female bariatric surgeon from Asia and is recognised for performing the largest series of single-incision bariatric procedures in Asia.
“Receiving this important distinction is a remarkable achievement and a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our bariatric team and Saifee Hospital,” said Dr Muffazal Lakdawala. “Achieving ICE designation strengthens our department’s visibility across the globe and will be instrumental in showcasing the excellent bariatric and metabolic work being performed in India.”
“We are proud to acknowledge our first ICE designees in India,” said Dr Raul Rosenthal, chairman, International Bariatric Surgery Review Committee (IBSRC). “By earning designation, these providers join an elite group of surgeons and facilities committed to patient safety, care quality and the long-term health benefits of bariatric surgery. We value their dedication to excellence and welcome their important contributions to the specialty.”
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