Ariel Ortiz Lagardere, Md


Director, Obesity Control Center

Ariel Center for Cosmetic Surgery


Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere is a world famous Weight Loss Surgeon, Director of Obesity Control Center and the highly acclaimed Ariel Center for Cosmetic Surgery. A pioneer in his field, he is credited with many of the modern techniques in use around the world today. He has performed over sixteen thousand weight loss surgery procedures on patients from every continent and has similarly performed surgery in every corner of the world. He has trained and proctored hundreds of surgeons in America, Europe and Asia and is the Director of the Advanced Weight Loss Surgery Training Facility.

Dr. Ortiz is a Professor of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Baja California, School of Medicine. He is involved with the Medical Industry as a consultant where he collaborates with research and development with companies such as Allergan Medical, Johnson and Johnson Medical, ConMed Medical and Covidien Medical, Obalon Therapeutics, Vitaleph Engineered Nutrition, Stomagic the Science of Weight-Loss, to name a few.

Dr. Ortiz has helped develop many of the “game changers” in weight-loss including the Lap-Band System, where he proctored hundreds of surgeons globally and developed the surgical technique as well as the follow-up program. Recently he has been featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Nightline Prime Time, The Doctors, Time Magazine, Harpers Bazaar, Newsweek, Forbes etc., for his role in developing The World’s First Swallowable Gastric balloon for Weight loss. He has performed more than 16,000 operations for severe obesity. His ongoing research in the field required him to travel and lecture internationally and is a frequent guest on primetime talks shows and other media.

Dr. Ortiz holds the first trademark for valid weight-loss procedure: The Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve™, which was listed as one of the top ten innovations for 2012 by the renowned Cleveland Clinic. He is also cocreator of several revolutionary programs and products like Stomagic, The science of Weight-loss and Vitaleph Engineered Nutrition, His advances and adaptations to the technique have earned him the only U.S. provisional patent on the the Calibra™ Calibration Device for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Ortiz is Director of QuoVadis Productions a Medical Media Company and sits on the editorial board of several health and weight loss journals.