Robin P. Blackstone Bariatric Surgeon MD, FACS, FASMBS
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15 yr Experience

10 yr in Bariatrics

15 yr in Laparoscopic Surgery

4 yr in Laparoscopic Bariatrics

100% Practice is Bariatrics

Min Age of Patient is 18

Max Age of Patient is 60+

  • About Me

    A leading expert in the medical and surgical treatment of obesity and obesity-related diseases, Robin Blackstone, M.D., has performed more than 5,000 bariatric surgeries in the 15 years since she established the Scottsdale Bariatric Center, one of the first institutions in the United States to be recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  

    A practicing bariatric surgeon she served as the Medical Director of Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center at Scottsdale Healthcare, a tertiary not-for-profit Magnet hospital system for over 15 years. Dr. Blackstone is the first woman to have served as President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the largest association in the world dedicated to this particular specialty.  During her tenure as President she helped to establish one standard for bariatric surgery:  the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

    Her areas of focus include improving patient access to care, reducing variation to improve patient safety, shifting to outcomes-based medical practice, establishing safe and effective programs for population management of obese patients within systems of care, as well as educating patients and surgeons alike on the science of obesity and the mechanism of action of surgical therapy. In February of 2015 she became a certified diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine.

    As Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Dr. Blackstone has helped to establish didactic lectures and rotations in obesity medicine.  An active member of the American College of Surgeons, she was the first Chair of the Committee on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and served on the Board of Governors.  She is the past president of the North American Chapter President of the International Federation of Obesity, a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) as well as a founding board member of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), an organization advocating access to safe and effective care for the obese patient.  Her research interests include establishing the value of bariatric surgery using Time Driven Activity Based Costing and working on bundled payments for metabolic surgery.

    A popular speaker for scholarly presentations, symposia and conferences, Dr. Blackstone has been published in several books including, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, The Sages Manual:  A Practical Guide to Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss Surgery:  A Multidisciplinary Approach and was one of the editors of the first ASMBS Textbook in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  She has also published dozens of articles and studies in peer-reviewed journals that include Surgery of Obesity and Related Disease (SOARD), The Annals of Surgery, Archives of Surgery, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy and the Bariatric Times and serves as a frequent source of information for the media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, ABC News/Nightline, CNN, MSNBC and the Discovery Channel.  She sits on the editorial board of several bariatric surgery publications.

  • Latest Reviews See all 191 reviews
    avatar kbinaz on Nov. 6, 2013

    I have had two surgeries by Dr. Blackstone. I had lap band surgery 6 years ago, and this week I had RNY Gastric Bypass. I have been very pleased with the entire process for both of my procedures. Scottsdale Bariatric is a Clinic of Excellence More...

    avatar sarah_durso on Aug. 4, 2013

    Dr.Blackstone is kind and cares about you as a person. You're not just another # on her list. She's straight to the point and expects you to follow her orders 100%. If you do all that you'll be just fine. The nurses More...

    avatar Gator5957 on Feb. 18, 2013

    Doctor and assistant were great. Office staff has a lot problems. Turnover and moving attributed to some of this.

  • Location
    Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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