Education and Background

Dr. Patel’s education includes training at elite institutions, such as:

  • Fellowship: University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX 
  • Residency: Bariatric/Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Residency, Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, General Surgery, 
  • Medical School:  Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ, M.D.
  • Undergraduate: Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, B.S. in Biotechnology, summa cum laude

Additionally, Dr. Patel is trained on the Da Vinci Robotic system and has advanced training in flexible endoscopy for diagnostic and interventional purposes. With hundreds of surgeries performed to date, she comes to Las Vegas very experienced in bariatric and foregut procedures.
Dr. Patel’s areas of expertise include the following:

Licenses and Certifications

  • Nevada State Medical License
  • Texas Medical Board, Medical License, active
  • Controlled Substances Registration, DEA, active
  • ACLS certified
  • BLS certified
  • Medtronic Fellows in Bariatric Surgery
  • SAGES Flexible Endoscopy Course
  • Intuitive Robotic Certification course
  • American Board of Surgery, Board Certification, active


  • Association of Women Surgeons, member, 2015-2016
  • American College of Surgeons, Associate fellow, 2016-current
  • SAGES, member, 2016-current
  • ASMBS, member, 2016-current

Honors and Awards

Young Physician Leader, Bexar County Medical Society 2018

Research and Publications

  • P Patel, S Udelhofen, T Duperier, et al., Comparison of Traditional vs Novel Trocar Knife Spreading for Specimen Extraction Following Sleeve, Gastrectomy – A Preliminary Analysis. Poster presentation SAGES 2017.
  • P Patel, M Seger, et al., Impact of Combined Medical Weight Loss and Intra-gastric Balloon Therapy on Body Fat Composition Following Completion of 6 Months of Therapy. Poster presentation ASMBS OW 2017
  • P Patel, S Pentakota, A Merchant. Surgical Outcomes of Patients with Cirrhotic or Non-cirrhotic Liver Disease in an Acute Care Setting: An Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Poster presentation SAGES 2016.
  • PV Patel, A Merchant. Ventral Hernia Repair in the Morbidly Obese Patient:  A Review of Medical and Surgical Approaches in the Literature. Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care. June 2014, 9(2): 61-65
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Advanced Bariatric Surgery in Las Vegas, NV: Dr. Punam Patel

Dr. Punam Patel is a compassionate and meticulous surgeon who takes pride in being a true partner in her patient’s weight loss journey to wellness. Her commitment to excellence is a level of care that aligns with the philosophy of personalized service at Las Vegas Bariatrics. For a weight loss journey that provides the long-term wellness support you need, trust Dr. Patel and the team at Las Vegas Bariatrics.

On a Personal Note…

Outside of the operating room, Dr. Patel holds CrossFit L1 training certification and is active in CrossFit. She also enjoys hiking, biking, and any activity that gets her outdoors.

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