Fernando Bonanni Bariatric Surgeon M.D.
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10 yr Experience

10 yr in Bariatrics

15 yr in Laparoscopic Surgery

9 yr in Laparoscopic Bariatrics

99% Practice is Bariatrics

Min Age of Patient is 16

Max Age of Patient is 80


  • About Me

    FERNANDO B. BONANNI, JR., MD

    Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery
    Director, Institute for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Associate Director, Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program Medical Director, Operating Room
    Abington – Jefferson Health

    While serving in the United States Air Force, Fernando B. Bonanni, Jr., MD, completed Phase I & II of the Medical Laboratory Technician Course. He also completed the Medical Technology Program at Midwestern State University. Dr. Bonanni earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University where he graduated as a part of the Honor Society and was also on the Dean’s List. Immediately following this, he

    completed the Post Graduate Pre-Med Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and then earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine. Dr. Bonanni completed his residency in general surgery at Lehigh Valley Hospital, where he then served as chief resident of general surgery.

    Dr. Bonanni initiated the bariatric surgery program at Abington – Jefferson Health in 2006, which has since been established as the Institute for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (IMBS). He has since been the director of IMBS.

    Within the field of bariatric surgery, he specializes in minimally invasive bariatric surgery, performing the entire armamentarium of bariatric procedures including the Roux-en- Y gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, vertical sleeve gastrectomy revision bariatric surgery, endoluminal revision surgery, and gastric balloon. He has taken many additional advanced educational courses in general and bariatric surgery. He has been a board certified general surgeon since 1996.

    He is a member and fellow of several local and national professional societies, including The American College of Surgeons, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and The Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, to name a few. He currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

    Dr. Bonanni is also involved in several committees both at Abington – Jefferson Health and through the professional societies that he is a member of. He presently serves as the Director of the Operating Room and chairs all of the associated committees. He serves as the Chairman of the Bariatric Surgery Committee. He also serves on the Credentials Committee, Operating Room Management Committee, and as a Hospital Safety Officer. His expertise in the field of general and metabolic and bariatric surgery makes him a vital part of these committees.

    He has co-authored over 20 peer reviewed journals and abstracts within his field. Dr. Bonanni has presented at more than 50 regional and national medical conferences and events.

    He has won many awards throughout his career, including being recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as one of Philadelphia’s Top Docs for seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2017.

    Dr. Bonanni currently serves at the associate director of the Abington – Jefferson Health Bariatric Fellowship Program and is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine and Temple University College of Medicine. 

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  • Latest Reviews See all 122 reviews
    avatar kkinner2014 on March 18, 2014

    This review is of the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery center. Not the Surgeon as I have not had the surgery. I started the process in September 2013 and had all the blood work and ultrasounds required by the center. I had the interview More...

    avatar jarabacoagirl on June 10, 2013

    Had my surgery with Dr. Bonnani on Dec 17, 2012. I had the VSG. I lost 66 lbs since the surgery date and 88 lbs total including the preop diets. I'm happy with the results. Now I just got to keep off the weight More...

    avatar Purple2012 on June 3, 2013

    Had my surgery on May 13th 2013 at 7:30 am with Dr Bonanni for a VSG, hernia repair and two biopes; Dr bonanni said surgery went well -no complications, hardly any bleeding. But I did have a high heart rate and he could not More...

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