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Plaza Medical Center Bariatric Surgeons
Michael L. Green Jr. MD, FACS
Michael L. Green Jr., MD, FACS, is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. He became fascinated with medicine at an early age through his involvement in neighborhood youth organizations such as Top Teens and Center Leadership for Development. After completing his undergraduate studies at Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, he returned to Indiana and received his medical degree from Indiana University.
During Dr. Green’s five years of postgraduate training at the University Of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, Ill., he developed an interest in the surgical treatment of morbid obesity. After seeing the difference that weight loss could make in the quality of patients’ lives, and the relatively short period of time needed to demonstrate those results, he went on to complete a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery through a program conducted by Howard University at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C.
In pursuit of his goal to create a comprehensive weight-loss program, Dr. Green has teamed with Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth, serving as its Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery since 2005. Through his affiliation with Ethicon Endo-Surgery, he continues to contribute to the advancement of the field of bariatric surgery by training and preparing other surgeons to join the battle against the epidemic of obesity.
Board-certified in his specialty, Dr. Green is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He serves on the boards of directors of the American Physician Insurance Company and the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons.
Dr. Green’s other professional affiliations include the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, the International Federation for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity, the National Medical Association, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.
Adam B. Smith DO, FACOS
Adam B. Smith, DO, FACOS, has been an Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeon for 13 years. In 2002 Dr. Smith started performing Laparoscopic Bariatric surgeries. After seeing the great success of his patients, Dr. Smith chose the LAP–BAND® procedure for himself and in 2004 Dr. Smith opened a private practice dedicated to the treatment of morbid obesity.
Dr. Smith feels he has a special relationship with his bariatric patients as he has walked in their shoes and continues his daily struggle just as they do. He is committed to the total treatment of the LAP–BAND patient from preoperative preparation to the final transformation into a healthy, fit band patient.
Dr. Smith does not just focus on the total care of his own band patients but continues to participate in research regarding the optimal care of the LAP–BAND patient in collaboration with colleagues both in the practice and at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Dr. Smith received his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma. His medical degree is from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of Oklahoma State University. Dr. Adam Smith is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. His other professional affiliations include the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American Osteopathic Association, American Medical Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, Tarrant County Medical Society and the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons. His practice, Fort Worth LAP–BAND has performed close to 2,000 LAP–BAND procedures. He is a faculty member for Allergan, the manufacturer of the LAP–BAND and Covidian. In this capacity Dr. Smith trains other surgeons to perform the LAP–BAND procedure.
Dr. Berbel’s thriving general surgery practice has expanded into bariatric surgery in response to increasing patient demand. His other professional interests include research on new medications for preventing infection and managing pain.
A former director of medical education at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, Dr. Berbel is also involved in the training of a future generation of surgeons through his participation in Plaza Medical Center’s surgery residency program.
Dr. Berbel received his undergraduate education from Baylor University in Waco. His medical degree is from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a division of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, where since 2000 he has held an appointment as an assistant professor of surgery.
Upon completing a fellowship in vascular surgery in 2005, Dr. Ferrara entered private practice in Fort Worth with Dr. Adam Smith. He soon observed that many of those on whom he operated to correct serious circulatory problems were in fact patients who had unsuccessfully battled obesity.
Dr. Ferrara also quickly recognized that bariatric surgery is a highly effective means of preventing or reversing obesity’s devastating effects on the circulatory system. More importantly, it allows patients to regain control of their lives, and return to activities they love and enjoy.
Dr. Ferrara studied computer engineering as an undergraduate at the University of North Texas. He received his medical degree from Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, a division of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth.
Dr. Ferrara served his internship, residency and fellowship at Plaza Medical Center, UNT Health Science Center’s partner in postgraduate medical education. He holds an appointment as an assistant professor in UNT Health Science Center’s Department of Surgery.