Ariel Ortiz Lagardere

Bariatric Surgeon
Rating: 4.77777777778 out of 5 with 103 ratings

Ariel Ortiz Lagardere Bariatric Surgeon M.D., F.A.C.S.

Ariel Ortiz Lagardere Bariatric Surgeon Picture

25 yr Experience

25 yr in Bariatrics

25 yr in Laparoscopic Surgery

25 yr in Laparoscopic Bariatrics

100% Practice is Bariatrics

Min Age of Patient is 12

Max Age of Patient is 80

Adjustable Gastric Band


Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication



Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

and 1 more...

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Arturo Martinez
Bariatric Surgeon
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Lucia Chavez
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Lori Wrights
Lead Bariatric Coordinator

  • About Me

    Ariel Ortiz MD ® FACS - Director & Lead Bariatric Surgeon


    Ariel Ortiz Lagardere MD, FACS, IFASMBS is a world-renowned general and bariatric surgeon and the Director of the Obesity Control Center in Tijuana, Mexico. He attended the Preparatoria Federal Lazaro Cardenas where he completed his pre-medical training before moving on to the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Facultad de Medicina, where he earned his medical degree and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then completed his internship at Hospital Fray Junipero Serra, ISSSTE and his general surgery residency at Hospital IMSS Clinica and Hospital Regional de Zona, No.1, Centro Medico Nacional del Nororeste, Ciudad Obregon Sonora. Dr. Ortiz continued his education and fellowship-trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery and received advanced bariatric surgery training.

    Double board-certified, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and an International Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (IFASMBS). He is a designated Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) surgeon of excellence in bariatric and metabolic surgery and serves as President of global communication for the International Bariatric Club (IBC) and director of IBC-TV, where he lectures and trains other surgeons in the technical nuances of complex bariatric surgery procedures. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mexican College of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (CMCOEM) and serves as CEO and Founder of the International Institute of Metabolic Medicine (IIMM).

    Dr. Ortiz Lagardere is a highly regarded innovator in the field of bariatric surgery and holds numerous trademarks and patents. He has played a key role in the development and clinical application of implantable medical devices for weight loss surgery, namely the Lap-Band System. His other contributions to the field of bariatrics include setting the foundation for approval by the FDA of weight loss surgery in teenage patients and performing the first banding of a gastric bypass due to a failed surgery which led to it becoming the standard for how failed bypasses are resolved across the world. He is recognized for designing the world’s first weight loss surgery requiring no stapling, re-routing, or device implant known as the Stomach Sparing Gastric Sleeve®.  His most recent collaboration resulted in the development and clinical use of the world’s first Swallowable Gastric Balloon for non-surgical weight loss. As a leader in the field of bariatric surgery, he travels and lectures extensively throughout the world and has trained hundreds of young surgeons to perform weight loss surgery safely and effectively. His academic appointments include Professor of Surgery and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California School of Medicine and more.

    Weight Loss Surgery in Mexico with Dr. Ortiz Lagardere

    Blessed to bless others. – Dr. Ariel Ortiz Lagardere

    As a pioneer in weight loss surgery, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere is world-renowned for his work with Lap-Band surgery patients and for his key role in the development of implantable medical devices for weight loss surgery. His research and early experience landed him a spot in the daytime talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” after performing surgery on the youngest patient ever to undergo a bariatric procedure.

    Dr. Ortiz Lagardere’s credentials are highly regarded and patients from around the world travel to his state-of-the-art offices to have bariatric surgery performed by him. He is a caring and personable doctor who is informative and dedicated to excellence in patient safety using the very latest in technique and technology. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere’s expertise and precision care is proven by his successful surgical outcomes. He skillfully performs the Roux-en-Y (RNY) Gastric Bypass, the Mini-Gastric Bypass (MGB), the Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), the IGS Improved Gastric Sleeve®, the Lap-Band, Laparoscopic Greater Curvature Plication, Bariclip Surgery, Adolescent Surgery, Metabolic Surgery and weight loss surgery revisions.

    Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico With Dr. Ortiz Lagardere

    At the Obesity Control Center, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere and his team are dedicated to world-class medical and personal care in a private, supportive environment. His caring and compassionate team will be here for you every step of the way on your life-changing weight loss journey. The Obesity Control Center offers an all-inclusive concierge service that includes luxury service to and from the airport and five-star accommodations. They work hard to make sure your stay is as comfortable as possible and to make sure you have all the support you need before, during and after your surgery. Every detail of your experience is important to them!

    If you are considering weight loss surgery, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere invites you to reach out  to schedule a personal consultation. Please contact his team of Patient Coordinators at 866-376-7849 to start your journey and to learn more about the center and the innovative procedures offered. Following the highest US safety standards, Dr. Ortiz Lagardere helps people achieve their weight-loss goals. Become part of the #OCCFamily for life!

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  • Latest Posts

    Hospital Accreditations

    June 28, 2022 by Ariel Ortiz Lagardere
    We are proud to be one of the most accredited hospitals with certified surgeons in the world.   Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) Designated by the letters COEMBS, the Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) program is a global patient safety and quality improvement program available to all Bariatric Surgeons and facilities in the United Sta ...

    UCSD Partnership

    June 24, 2022 by Ariel Ortiz Lagardere
    The International Institute of Metabolic Medicine (IIMM) based in Tijuana, Mexico is proud to announce the formal partnership with the Department of Surgery at the University of California San Diego, USA.  Bariatric and metabolic surgery at the IIMM is executed by the The Obesity Control Center (OCC), a highly specialized bariatric and metabolic surgery supercenter with a near thirty-year track re ...
  • Location
    Paseo de los Heroes 9111
    #100 Zona Urbana Rio
    Tijuana Baja California, Mexico 22010

    Phone: 866-376-7849
  • Latest Reviews See all 103 reviews
    avatar Lisa U. on May 2, 2017

    I underwent a sleve gastrectomy on 07/05/2016. My beginning weight was 362 and today I weigh 250! The good news is I am still losing and still have 2 months to go until my 1 year anniversary (by which time I hope to More...

    avatar josephryan on Dec. 26, 2015

    What a phenomenal experience! From my first contact with the OCC staff, everything has been completely professional. I was so reassured by my initial communications and research that I booked my surgery within a week of first reaching out to OCC. With the help of More...

    avatar lizzardfrog_79 on May 13, 2015

    Biggest and most expensive mistake of my entire life. Band implanted in 2007 and was sick for 2 years until I could afford for the removal in 2009. Had to travel back to Mexico as no US Dr. would help me at all.

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