MBBS (Hons), MD, FRACS
Professor Paul O’Brien is a world leader in bariatric surgery in general and in the Lap-Band procedure in particular. He began doing gastric stapling procedures including gastric bypass in the early 1980s. He was one of the originators of the Lap-Band, having been involved in its design since 1991 and placed the first Lap-band in Australia in 1994.
He is the head of the Centre for Bariatric Surgery (CBS). This is the most active clinical service for weight loss surgery in Australia. He is now Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Monash University. He was Head of the University’s Department of Surgery at the Alfred Hospital for nearly 20 years. His current principal areas of clinical and research interest are in the morbidity of obesity and the health benefits of weight loss. He founded the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) at Monash University in 2004 and is now its Emeritus Director. He has been the National Medical Director of the American Institute of Gastric Banding, a multicenter clinical facility based in Texas, USA, for 8 years to 2015. He is Past President of the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (1997-2004) and a past member of Council of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. He is the Advisory Editor of the journal “Obesity Surgery “.
He has published more than 300 papers in the medical literature and has been actively involved in conducting postgraduate courses and workshops on obesity and its treatments in Australia, Europe, USA, Asia-Pacific countries, South America and Canada for the past 20 years.