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Biography of Mathias FOBI

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Mathias FOBI
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Dr Mathias Fobi   born in 1946 is an American bariatric surgeon of Cameroonian origin. 

Mathias Fobi, is an internationally recognized bariatric surgeon, who has changed the shape of Hollywood heavyweights such as Etta James and American Idol’s Randy Jackson. MAL, as he is known among friends, was born in Nkwen, a small village in Cameroon, West Africa. He is a member of the first batch, class of 1965, 0f Sacred Heart College in Mankon Bamenda in Cameroon. He came to the USA through the African Scholarship Program for American Universities (ASPAU) in 1966. This was a scholarship program that was inaugurated by President Kennedy along with the Peace Corps Program.

Dr. Fobi received his Pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan and his medical degree from University of Cincinnati. Dr. Fobi completed a General Surgical Residency at the King Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles Where he was Chief Resident and later becoming a professor at the school. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In 1977, he experienced a life-changing encounter while teaching at Drew Medical Center. He met a woman who feared emergency surgery to repair complications from intestinal bypass surgery she was willing to die rather than regain the weight she had lost. Her story of physical incapacity and ridicule struck a cord of compassion, and after some research, he developed a procedure that helped her. That experience eventually led him to shift the focus of his surgical career from trauma and oncology to the fledging field of bariatric (obesity) surgery.

Currently Dr. Fobi is the President Elect of the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity, the President of the California Chapter of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the immediate past President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation, is a fellow of the International College of Surgeons and the American College of Nutrition. He is the past president of the ASBS Foundation. He is a member of the over two dozen medical associations, including the Los Angeles County Medical Association, North American Association for the Study of Obesity, American College of Nutrition, Los Angeles Surgical Society, Southwestern Surgical Association, the National Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He sits on the Board of the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles, is a lifetime member of the NAACP and is on the editorial board of publications Obesity Help and WLS Magazine.

Dr. Fobi lectures worldwide and has published numerous articles on obesity and surgical treatment for obesity. His research has appeared in Journal of the American Medical Association, Update: Surgery for the Morbidly Obese, Obesity Surgery, and the Journal of the National Medical Association and in several medical school textbooks related to obesity and bariatric surgery.

Last update : 08/19/2011

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