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Bariatric Team

Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare takes great pride in having an extremely comprehensive Bariatric Program that includes dietary counseling, an exercise component, psychological support, and a complete medical-based wellness program along with surgical intervention. The Bariatric Services Team consists of Bariatric Surgeons, Program Director, Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, Exercise Specialist, Office Coordinator, Referring Physician, and Psychologist.

The Medical Directors

The Bariatric Center is quite elite in its leadership. Co-Medical Directors at the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Centers are both board certified general surgeons specializing in bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Dr. Jorge Acosta and Dr. Michael Lara have been at Del Sol Medical Center since 2004 after completing fellowships in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. They are the first fellowship-trained bariatric trained surgeons. Both physicians are accredited bariatric surgeons by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®).

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JORGE ACOSTA, M.D.

JORGE ACOSTA, M.D., is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Dr. Acosta began practicing at Del Sol Medical Center in 2004, after completing a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He was one of the first fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in El Paso and is a medical director of Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Clinic.

Dr. Acosta received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University. He then received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston before completing his residency in general surgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Acosta is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Southwest Association of Hispanic American Physicians, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

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MICHAEL LARA, M.D.

MICHAEL LARA, M.D., is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. Dr. Lara began practicing at Del Sol Medical Center in 2004, after completing a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery from the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was one of the first fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in El Paso and is a medical director for the Las Palmas Del Sol Bariatric Clinic.

Dr. Lara received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He then received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston before completing his residency in general surgery at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at El Paso. Dr. Lara is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the Texas Medical Association and the Southwest Association of Hispanic American Physicians.