Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases A.C.

About CMCOEM keyboard_arrow_down

Rafael Álvarez Cordero, Founder and Honorary President of CMCOEM.

The history of our Association is a history of effort and success. In the 1980s some colleagues became interested in obesity surgery, which was then still regarded as  "unscientific". Favorable results led to meetings, courses, and workshops in various Mexican cities. The Mexican Obesity Surgery Association AC was formally founded in the city of Acapulco, Guerrero in 1992.

Our organization has grown thanks to the enthusiasm of the members of its Board and the growing number of surgeons who dedicate their professional activity to performing bariatric surgery of the highest quality.  In 2010, the name of the Association was changed to the Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases A.C.(CMCOEM).

CMCOEM is 29 years old now, and has had its share of achievements: since 1993, it has participated in the drafting of the various Mexican Ministry of Health’s Official Standards on Obesity. Through the creation of the Specialty in Bariatric Surgery, the College now certifies new bariatric surgeons. In 2016, bariatric surgery was officially recognized as an elective treatment for severe obesity. Furthermore, its members’ scientific publications in national and foreign journals are increasingly recognized.

At the international level, in 1995, our association, together with societies from four other countries, founded the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Associated Disorders, IFSO, and organized and held the IFSO World Congress in 1997, as well as the IFSO Latin American Congress in 2007. Year after year, Mexican surgeons have taken part in IFSO/LAC, in sister National Associations in Latin America, and in various international forums with remarkable contributions.

During this pandemic, CMCOEM has remained active, holding sessions, forums, and its  annual congress, physically and/or virtually, both locally and internationally. All this confirms that Mexican bariatric surgery, thanks to its leaders and active members, is now at its best.

Dr. José G. Rodríguez Villarreal President Dr. José Sergio Verboonen Sotelo 1st Vice President Dr. Carlos Zerrweck López 2nd Vice President Dr. Gustavo Ernesto Theurel Vincent Treasurer Dr. Luis Cristóbal Zurita Macias Valadez Sub Treasurer Dr. Martín Edgardo Rojano Rodríguez 1st Secretary Dr. Armando Pereyra Talamantes 2nd Secretary

Faculty keyboard_arrow_down
Dr. Guillermo Alvarez Chief of bariatric surgery, Endohospital, Mexico Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Miguel F. Herrera Clinic for Nutrition and Obesity, ABC Medical Center; Deparment of Surgery, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubiran, Mexico City, Mexico Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Elias Ortiz MD, Certified Bariatric and Robotic Surgeon, CEO and Chief Surgeon, Elias Ortiz and Co, Mexico Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Guillermo Ponce de León Ballesteros Department of Surgery, Hospital Civil de Morelia "Dr. Miguel Silva", Mexico Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Jose Rodriguez MD, FACS, CEO Endometabolic/RM Bariatric Surgery, Staff Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Hospital Angeles, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Jose Sergio Verboonen President, Mexican College of Surgery for Obesity and Metabolic Diseases, Lead Bariatric Surgeon, Obesity Goodbye Center Clinic, Mexico Gastroenterology