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Dr. Leonardo Claros

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What does your number mean?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obesity in adults.

BMI values are age-independent and the same for both sexes.
The health risks associated with increasing BMI are continuous and the interpretation of BMI gradings in relation to risk may differ for different populations.

As of today if your BMI is at least 35 to 39.9 and you have an associated medical condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure or if your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify for a bariatric operation.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Claros.

< 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 – 34.9 Class I Obesity
35 – 39.9 Class II Obesity
≥ 40 Class III Obesity (Morbid)

What does your number mean?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a simple index of weight-for-height that is commonly used to classify underweight, overweight and obesity in adults.

BMI values are age-independent and the same for both sexes.
The health risks associated with increasing BMI are continuous and the interpretation of BMI gradings in relation to risk may differ for different populations.

As of today if your BMI is at least 35 to 39.9 and you have an associated medical condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea or high blood pressure or if your BMI is 40 or greater, you may qualify for a bariatric operation.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Claros.

< 18.5 Underweight
18.5 – 24.9 Normal Weight
25 – 29.9 Overweight
30 – 34.9 Class I Obesity
35 – 39.9 Class II Obesity
≥ 40 Class III Obesity (Morbid)

Dr. Leonardo Claros

Dr. Claros serves as the Section Chief of Bariatric Surgery and also as the Medical Director for the Weight Management Center at Saint Luke’s University Health Network, a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence by the MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) in the Lehigh Valley, PA.

He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS), a designated bariatric surgery center of excellence surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS).

Dr. Claros did his medical school at UMSA in La Paz, Bolivia. One of the traditional and most prestigious medical schools in the country. He graduated first in his class and was awarded the intern of the year during his internship at Saint Gabriel’s Hospital. He subsequently did a research fellowship in basic science at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was accepted for his surgical residency training at the Harvard University affiliated hospitals doing his surgical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA.

He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics at the Tufts-New England Medical Center(NEMC) program under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Shikora, Michael Tarnoff and Julie Kim.

Currently, Dr. Claros has performed over 3,000 bariatric cases with excellent results that rank him consistently among the best surgeons in the country.

He was the first surgeon in the entire Lehigh Valley to perform a robotically assisted Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy. He offers many surgical options including laparoscopic gastric band placement, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, duodenal switches, robotically assisted bariatric operations, revision surgery,diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic proceduresas well as innovative approaches as the single incision surgery enhancing cosmetics results for patients that qualify for that technique.

He is currently actively involved in clinical research and academic teaching, a passion that he has developed over the years having received multiple teaching awards.

Dr. Claros is fluent in English and Spanish and is willing to work with international patients to offer them his expertise in the bariatric surgery field.

Education

Dr. Claros did his medical school at UMSA in La Paz, Bolivia. One of the traditional and most prestigious medical schools in the country. He graduated first in his class and was awarded the intern of the year during his internship at Saint Gabriel’s Hospital. He subsequently did a research fellowship in basic science at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was accepted for his surgical residency training at the Harvard University affiliated hospitals doing his surgical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA.

He completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics at the Tufts-New England Medical Center (NEMC) program under the mentorship of Dr. Scott Shikora, Michael Tarnoff and Julie Kim.

Awards

Dr. Leonardo Claros graduated first in his medical school and was awarded intern of the year at Saint Gabriel’s Hospital in La Paz, Bolivia.

He was named Top Surgeon in guide to America’s Top Surgeons; Consumer Research Council of America, 2007 edition.

He is the winner of Excellence in Teaching awards from Both Harvard and Tufts medical schools in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Also, he received an outstanding Faculty Teacher Award at Saint Luke’s University and Health Network in 2012.

Success Stories

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    After

    Phedra

    Growing up, and maxing out at a statuesque 5’0”, there was never anywhere for the extra pounds to hide.

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    After

    Mikki

    After years of yo-yo dieting I was desperate to find something to help save my life.

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    After

    Michelle

    Like many people, I’ve battled with my weight all my life. I always felt like a failure because I couldn’t control this one area of my life.

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    After

    Mary Lizzie

    It was important to me to have an experienced surgeon and a program that had all the resources I knew I would need.