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.
- Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
- Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
- University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, MD
- Williams College, BA
- Published on 6/11/2020
Zheng J, Hundeyin M, He K, Sachs T, Hess DT, Whang E, Kristo G. General surgery chief residents' perspective on surgical education during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Surgery. 2020 Aug; 168(2):222-225. PMID: 32600881.
- Published on 6/4/2020
Aly S, Talutis SD, Richman AP, Hess DT, McAneny D, Tseng JF, Drake FT. The Boston Medical Center Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Procedure Team: Optimizing the surgeon's role in pandemic care at a safety-net hospital. Surgery. 2020 Jun 04. PMID: 32624225.
- Published on 6/1/2020
Istfan NW, Anderson WA, Hess DT, Yu L, Carmine B, Apovian CM. The Mitigating Effect of Phentermine and Topiramate on Weight Regain After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020 06; 28(6):1023-1030. PMID: 32441476.
- Published on 1/17/2020
Nudel J, Bishara AM, de Geus SWL, Patil P, Srinivasan J, Hess DT, Woodson J. Development and validation of machine learning models to predict gastrointestinal leak and venous thromboembolism after weight loss surgery: an analysis of the MBSAQIP database. Surg Endosc. 2020 Jan 17. PMID: 31953733.
- Published on 11/6/2019
de Geus SWL, Geary AD, Arinze N, Ng SC, Carter CO, Sachs TE, Hall JF, Hess DT, Tseng JF, Pernar LIM. Resident involvement in minimally-invasive vs. open procedures. Am J Surg. 2020 02; 219(2):289-294. PMID: 31722797.
- Published on 6/1/2019
Karki S, Farb MG, Sharma VM, Jash S, Zizza EJ, Hess DT, Carmine B, Carter CO, Pernar LI, Apovian CM, Puri V, Gokce N. Fat-Specific Protein 27 Regulation of Vascular Function in Human Obesity. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 06 04; 8(11):e011431. PMID: 31433737.
- Published on 3/29/2019
Geary AD, Hess DT, Pernar LIM. Resident-as-Teacher Programs in General Surgery Residency: Context and Characterization. J Surg Educ. 2019 Sep - Oct; 76(5):1205-1210. PMID: 30930067.
- Published on 12/21/2018
Ngo DTM, Sverdlov AL, Karki S, Macartney-Coxson D, Stubbs RS, Farb MG, Carmine B, Hess DT, Colucci WS, Gokce N. Oxidative modifications of mitochondrial complex II are associated with insulin resistance of visceral fat in obesity. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2019 02 01; 316(2):E168-E177. PMID: 30576243.
- Published on 11/13/2018
Thomas DD, Anderson WA, Apovian CM, Hess DT, Yu L, Velazquez A, Carmine B, Istfan NW. Weight Recidivism After Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery: An 11-Year Experience in a Multiethnic Medical Center. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 02; 27(2):217-225. PMID: 30421862.
- Published on 9/7/2018
Geary A, Hess DT, Pernar LIM. Resident-as-teacher programs in general surgery residency - A review of published curricula. Am J Surg. 2019 02; 217(2):209-213. PMID: 30224071.
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