Philip Schauer, M.D.

Philip Schauer, MD

Why I joined Persona...

"As a bariatric surgeon dedicated to helping those suffering from severe obesity, I know that bariatric surgery can alter intake and absorption of key nutrients. Persona has excellent vitamin and nutrition products that personally address the needs of patients after surgery. I'm pleased to join the Persona team to help create new bariatric-focused products and nutrition programs."

Why I got into medicine...

"In High School, I became enchanted with the wonders of biological sciences and discovered that this knowledge could be put to good use to aid others in a meaningful and powerful way. Becoming a surgeon was a way to use both the tools of medicine and surgery to improve health and save lives."


Dr. Philip Schauer is recognized as being the first surgeon to perform laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery and has since performed more than 8,000 operations for severe obesity. He is known to handle many of the most difficult bariatric surgery cases in the world.

Currently, Dr. Schauer is a Professor of Metabolic Surgery and Director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Pennington Biomedical Research Institute of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He has authored more than 350 scientific papers, 60 textbook chapters, and three textbooks related to obesity, bariatric/metabolic surgery and gastrointestinal surgery. He is a long-standing member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Obesity, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and Obesity Surgery. Dr. Schauer enjoys sharing his knowledge and has trained more than 200 postgraduate surgeons and 100 fellows in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery.


  • Duke University Hospital, Fellowship
  • University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio, Residency
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Medical School


  • Past president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Former Chair and Founder of Obesity Week
  • Co-Chair of the Diabetes Surgery Summit
  • Clinical interests include obesity, diabetes and metabolic surgery and research interests the pathophysiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and outcomes of metabolic surgery
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