Associate Professor of Surgery
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 Lap-Band 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 procedure in more than 150 patients.
Another area of Dr. Prachand’s expertise is in the application of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors, including esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and intestinal tumors. 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.