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Having LAP-BAND® surgery has been one of the most important life-changing decisions that I’ve ever made. I feel like I have my life back again.- Kendra
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About Our Exceptionally Skilled Bariatric Surgeon
Bariatric Surgeon Dallas
Dr. Frank Veninga and his staff are dedicated professionals whose goal is to help morbidly obese individuals lose their excess weight and avoid the health problems and social rejection that often accompany obesity. Dr. Veninga is an abdominal specialist who has extensive training and experience in bariatric surgery. The professional staff members at North Texas Bariatric provide expert support to our bariatric surgeon and caring assistance to Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents who seek treatment for obesity. If you are ready to lose the weight that literally threatens your life, read below to learn why Dr. Frank Veninga and his staff are the professionals who can help you achieve lasting success. Then contact North Texas Bariatric to schedule a consultation with our bariatric surgeon. Your new life is waiting for you — take the first step today.
Meet Our Bariatric Surgeon – Dr. Frank Veninga
Dr. Frank Veninga is a bariatric surgeon who gives Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville residents the power to take control of their eating so that they can lead healthy, normal lives. Our skilled surgeon established his practice in 1987, attended his first bariatric courses and American Society of Bariatric Surgeons (ASBS) meetings in 1999, and began performing bariatric surgery in 2000. Dr. Veninga has made a personal commitment to helping Texas residents who suffer from morbid obesity. He is a strong patient advocate who believes that bariatric surgery, patient education, and lifestyle changes are the keys to helping patients overcome morbid obesity.
In recognition of Dr. Veninga's standing among his peers, D Magazine named him one of "The Best Doctors in Dallas 2007" in bariatric surgery. To determine the recipients of this honor, D Magazine sent letters to almost 4,300 local doctors asking them to vote on the magazine's website for the best doctor in Dallas in a number of disciplines. The poll's results were tallied by an outside firm and were reviewed prior to publication by esteemed Dallas-area physicians.
In addition to being an expert bariatric surgeon, Dr. Frank Veninga is an abdominal surgery specialist. He uses advanced laparoscopic techniques to reduce surgical trauma and speed patient recovery times. Dr. Veninga performs a full range of abdominal laparoscopic surgeries such as the intricate Nissen fundoplication and other laparoscopic procedures of the stomach, small bowel, colon, and gallbladder. He was fortunate to be a Surgical Endoscopy Fellow at Mt. Sinai Medical Center of Cleveland in 1989, and he still performs upper endoscopy. He intends to be among the first to provide new endoscopic therapies for morbid obesity such as intragastric balloon placement and endoscopic suturing and stapling.
Dr. Veninga is married and the proud father of four children. He is active in his community, and his favorite pastime is spending time with his family. We invite you to schedule a personal consultation with our dedicated bariatric surgeon. Dr. Veninga will meet with you to discuss your best options for treatment, and he will make sure that you fully understand protocols and procedures so that you can make the decision that is best for you.
Dr. Frank Veninga's Background and Education
Our expert bariatric surgeon was born in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in Dallas and graduated from Jesuit College Preparatory School in 1973. Dr. Frank Veninga then attended Stanford University in California and majored in Biology. After graduating from Stanford in 1977, our bariatric surgeon returned to Dallas to study medicine at Southwestern Medical School. Following graduation from Southwestern in 1981, Dr. Veninga completed his graduate training:
- Internship – Medical College of Pennsylvania (Internal Medicine) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – July 1981 through June 1982
- Internship – St. Paul Medical Center (Surgery) – Dallas, Texas – July 1982 through June 1983
- Residency – St. Paul Medical Center (Surgery) – Dallas, Texas – July 1983 through June 1987
- Fellowship – Mt. Sinai Medical Center (Gastrointestinal/Surgical Endoscopy) – Cleveland, Ohio – January 1989 through June 1989
Dr. Veninga's Advanced Training
As our North Texas Bariatric logo reflects, Dr. Frank Veninga advocates the LAP-BAND® System as the best method for helping morbidly obese patients lose substantial weight. Dr. Veninga believes the LAP-BAND® System is the best option for his patients because it is the least invasive form of bariatric surgery, on average provides 50 percent to 60+ percent excess weight loss over five to seven years, has no nutritional deficits due to malabsorption, and because the procedure is effectively reversible. Because our bariatric surgeon focuses on giving his Dallas, Plano, and Lewisville patients state-of-the-art care, he has undergone extensive advanced training in bariatric surgery and the LAP-BAND® System:
- Advanced Laparoscopic Adjustable Band Training Course, Melbourne, Australia, 2003
- 20th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 2003
- BioEnterics LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System Training Workshop, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003
- 19th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 2002
- American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Denver, Colorado, 2002
- Laparoscopic Bariatric Mini-Fellowship, UTHSC-D, SMS, Dallas, Texas, 2002
- 18th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 2001
- American Society of Bariatric Surgery Preceptorship Program, Eugene, Oregon, 2000
- 17th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, 2000
- Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery: Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, UTSMS, Dallas, Texas, 2000
- Laparoscopic Bariatric Course, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2000
The term board certified means that a physician has passed a rigorous written and oral examination to become certified by a medical specialty board as a specialist in a certain area of expertise. Dr. Frank Veninga is a board-certified General Surgeon. He was first certified by the American Board of Surgery on February 10, 1998, and he was recertified in December 7, 2007.
Dr. Frank Veninga stays current on the latest surgical innovations and contributes to the field of medicine as an active member in several medical societies. Our bariatric surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is member of the:
- Texas Surgical Society
- American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Denton County Medical Society
- American Medical Association
- Southwestern Surgical Congress
- Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence
Dr. Frank Veninga and the Baylor Medical Center are very proud to have been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation/American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SRC/ASMBS). Before bestowing this recognition, the SRC/ASMBS performed a series of on-site inspections at Baylor Medical Center to evaluate the quality of care provided by the center, Dr. Veninga, and his support staff. During the inspections, all aspects of surgical processes were carefully examined and extensive data on health outcomes was collected. The SRC/ASMBS awarded its Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation after determining that Dr. Veninga and the Baylor Medical Center provide patients with excellent care and have a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
Contact Our Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Frank Veninga and his staff are proud to offer outstanding care and support so that our patients can achieve their weight loss goals. To speak with a member of our staff or to schedule a private consultation with our bariatric surgeon, residents of Dallas, Plano, Lewisville, and surrounding communities can contact North Texas Bariatric. We encourage you to check our Calendar of Events to learn more about our informational talks and the fun events we regularly hold. Our calendar also lists dates, times, and locations for our support group meetings, which are open to all bariatric surgery patients, even those from other programs.
Meet Our Office Staff
Natalie P., Pre-certification