Donald T. Hess, MD

Assistant Professor, Surgery

Donald Hess
617.638.8606
75 E. Newton St Collamore Building

Biography

Donald Hess, MD, FACS is currently an assistant professor of surgery at BUSM and the chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

His clinical practice is devoted to minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He has tremendous surgical expertise in laparoscopic bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and gastric bypass) and revisional bariatric surgery. He also has an interest in minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, surgery for disease of the stomach and esophagus, intestinal surgery, single-site surgery, complex hernia surgery and general surgery.

He is a member of the Association of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has been recognized by Boston Magazine’s “Top Docs” issue for being “top” in his respective field four years in a row and was a 2013 recipient of the BUSM Evans Center Collaborator of the Year Award.

Hess is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at New England Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston. He joined BUSM after working for the U.S. Air Force as an assistant professor of surgery stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Other Positions

  • Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Surgery, Boston Medical Center

Education

  • University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, MD
  • Williams College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 12/11/2017

    Zuriaga MA, Fuster JJ, Farb MG, MacLauchlan S, Bretón-Romero R, Karki S, Hess DT, Apovian CM, Hamburg NM, Gokce N, Walsh K. Activation of non-canonical WNT signaling in human visceral adipose tissue contributes to local and systemic inflammation. Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 11; 7(1):17326. PMID: 29229927.

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  • Published on 11/1/2017

    Wee CC, Jones DB, Apovian C, Hess DT, Chiodi SN, Bourland AC, Davis RB, Schneider B, Blackburn GL, Marcantonio ER, Hamel MB. Weight Loss After Bariatric Surgery: Do Clinical and Behavioral Factors Explain Racial Differences? Obes Surg. 2017 Nov; 27(11):2873-2884. PMID: 28500418.

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  • Published on 5/12/2017

    Smeds MR, Thrush CR, McDaniel FK, Gill R, Kimbrough MK, Shames BD, Sussman JJ, Galante JM, Wittgen CM, Ansari P, Allen SR, Nussbaum MS, Hess DT, Knight DC, Bentley FR. Relationships between study habits, burnout, and general surgery resident performance on the American Board of Surgery In-Training Examination. J Surg Res. 2017 Sep; 217:217-225. PMID: 28595817.

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  • Published on 4/14/2017

    Karki S, Ngo DTM, Farb MG, Park SY, Saggese SM, Hamburg NM, Carmine B, Hess DT, Walsh K, Gokce N. WNT5A regulates adipose tissue angiogenesis via antiangiogenic VEGF-A165b in obese humans. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2017 Jul 01; 313(1):H200-H206. PMID: 28411232.

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  • Published on 9/28/2016

    Farb MG, Karki S, Park SY, Saggese SM, Carmine B, Hess DT, Apovian C, Fetterman JL, Bretón-Romero R, Hamburg NM, Fuster JJ, Zuriaga MA, Walsh K, Gokce N. WNT5A-JNK regulation of vascular insulin resistance in human obesity. Vasc Med. 2016 Dec; 21(6):489-496. PMID: 27688298.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Macht R, Rosen A, Horn G, Carmine B, Hess D. An Exploration of System-Level Factors and the Geographic Variation in Bariatric Surgery Utilization. Obes Surg. 2016 Jul; 26(7):1635-8. PMID: 27034061.

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  • Published on 3/2/2016

    Macht R, George J, Ameli O, Hess D, Cabral H, Kazis L. Factors associated with bariatric postoperative emergency department visits. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Dec; 12(10):1826-1831. PMID: 27317600.

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  • Published on 2/1/2016

    Muñoz-Largacha JA, Hess DT, Litle VR, Fernando HC. Lower Esophageal Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for Persistent Reflux After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Obes Surg. 2016 Feb; 26(2):464-6. PMID: 26667163.

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  • Published on 1/6/2016

    Istfan N, Anderson WA, Apovian C, Ruth M, Carmine B, Hess D. Racial differences in weight loss, hemoglobin A1C, and blood lipid profiles after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016 Aug; 12(7):1329-1336. PMID: 27150343.

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  • Published on 11/18/2015

    Karki S, Farb MG, Myers S, Apovian C, Hess DT, Gokce N. Effect of Bariatric Weight Loss on the Adipose Lipolytic Transcriptome in Obese Humans. Mediators Inflamm. 2015; 2015:106237. PMID: 26663986.

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