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Associate Professor of Surgery Chief Quality Officer, Department of Surgery
Executive Medical Director, Procedural Quality and Safety
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery

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Vivek N. Prachand, MD
Vivek Prachand, MD, is an expert in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. He is skilled at the most advanced laparoscopic procedures, and performs more than 200 laparoscopic abdominal surgeries each year. One of his special interests is minimally invasive obesity surgery. In addition to performing the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, he was the first surgeon in the Midwest to perform a totally laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Dr. Prachand is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide who regularly performs the laparoscopic duodenal switch for super-obese (body mass index greater than 50) and super-super-obese patients (body mass index greater than 60). He has performed this complex procedure in more than 300 patients.

Another area of Dr. Prachand's expertise is in the application of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and small intestine. This includes procedures such as esophagectomy, total and subtotal gastrectomy, distal pancreatectomy, and partial small bowel and colon resections.

His other clinical interests include minimally invasive surgical treatment for disorders of the spleen (including massive splenomegaly), esophagus (hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, paraesophageal hernia, and achalasia), stomach (peptic ulcer disease, benign and malignant tumors), pancreas (pseudocysts, benign and malignant tumors), adrenal glands and abdominal wall hernias.

Dr. Prachand is an approved surgeon in the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's Centers of Excellence program. He also serves as an instructor and proctor for advanced bariatric surgery training programs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Pancreatic Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Esophageal Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Surgery

Medical Education

  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Internship

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Residency

  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Fellowship

  • Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI)
  • BCBS PPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • CountyCare
  • Coventry Health Plan PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Illinicare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • PHCS PPO
  • United Choice / Choice Plus
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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At a Glance

Practicing Since2001

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Marathi
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Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery Q&A

What are the results of a minimally invasive weight loss surgery, and do they stay off? Can bariatric surgery reduce the effects of diabetes? Mustafa Hussain, MD, and Vivek Prachand, MD, talk about minimally invasive surgery for weight loss.

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