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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Garren is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. He is the medical director of our Surgical Weight Management Program, and his clinical specialties include minimally invasive bariatric surgery as well as other advanced laparoscopic procedures, including colon, antireflux and hernia surgery. Designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Garren has published numerous articles in major medical journals and taught many other surgeons how to safely perform the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure.



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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Surgery

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Surgery
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (formerly UW Medical School), Madison, WI

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
PubMed Articles
Mohamadipanah H Perrone K Peterson K Garren M Parthiban C Sunkara A Zinn M Pugh C Can Virtual Reality Be Used to Track Skills Decay During the Research Years? J Surg Res . 2020 Mar;247:150-155
[PubMed ID: 31776024]
Aziz F Ramadorai A Parajuli S Garg N Mohamed M Mandelbrot DA Foley DP Garren M Djamali A Obesity: An Independent Predictor of Morbidity and Graft Loss after Kidney Transplantation. Am J Nephrol . 2020;51(8):615-623
[PubMed ID: 32721967]
Nathwani JN Wise BJ Garren ME Mohamadipanah H Van Beek N DiMarco SM Pugh CM Residents' surgical performance during the laboratory years: an analysis of rule-based errors. J Surg Res . 2017 Nov;219:226-231
[PubMed ID: 29078886]
Bowman E Greenberg J Garren M Guda N Rajca B Benson M Pfau P Soni A Walker A Gopal D Laparoscopic-assisted ERCP and EUS in patients with prior Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: a dual-center case series experience. Surg Endosc . 2016 Oct;30(10):4647-52
[PubMed ID: 26823057]
Chen EY Fox BT Suzo A Greenberg JA Campos GM Garren MJ Funk LM One-year Surgical Outcomes and Costs for Medicaid Versus Non-Medicaid Patients Undergoing Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: A Single-Center Study. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech . 2016 Feb;26(1):38-43
[PubMed ID: 26836627]
Biro SM Olson DL Garren MJ Gould JC Diabetes remission and glycemic response to pre-bariatric surgery diet. J Surg Res . 2013 Nov;185(1):1-5
[PubMed ID: 23845864]
Hong B Stanley E Reinhardt S Panther K Garren MJ Gould JC Factors associated with readmission after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis . 2012 Nov-Dec;8(6):691-5
[PubMed ID: 21978746]
Ibele A Garren M Gould J The impact of previous fundoplication on laparoscopic gastric bypass outcomes: a case-control evaluation. Surg Endosc . 2012 Jan;26(1):177-81
[PubMed ID: 21858578]
Tevis S Garren MJ Gould JC Revisional surgery for failed vertical-banded gastroplasty. Obes Surg . 2011 Aug;21(8):1220-4
[PubMed ID: 21234698]
Smith C Garren M Gould J Impact of gastrojejunostomy diameter on long-term weight loss following laparoscopic gastric bypass: a follow-up study. Surg Endosc . 2011 Jul;25(7):2164-7
[PubMed ID: 21184107]
Fish E Beverstein G Olson D Reinhardt S Garren M Gould J Vitamin D status of morbidly obese bariatric surgery patients. J Surg Res . 2010 Dec;164(2):198-202
[PubMed ID: 20850786]
Warner JP Stacey DH Sillah NM Gould JC Garren MJ Gutowski KA National bariatric surgery and massive weight loss body contouring survey. Plast Reconstr Surg . 2009 Sep;124(3):926-33
[PubMed ID: 19730313]
Dholakia C Beverstein G Garren M Nemergut C Boncyk J Gould JC The impact of perioperative dexmedetomidine infusion on postoperative narcotic use and duration of stay after laparoscopic bariatric surgery. J Gastrointest Surg . 2007 Nov;11(11):1556-9
[PubMed ID: 17710502]
Gould JC Beverstein G Reinhardt S Garren MJ Impact of routine and long-term follow-up on weight loss after laparoscopic gastric bypass. Surg Obes Relat Dis . 2007 Nov-Dec;3(6):627-30; discussion 630
[PubMed ID: 17950045]
Gould JC Garren MJ Boll V Starling JR Laparoscopic gastric bypass: risks vs. benefits up to two years following surgery in super-super obese patients. Surgery . 2006 Oct;140(4):524-9; discussion 529-31
[PubMed ID: 17011899]
Gould JC Garren M Boll V Starling J The impact of circular stapler diameter on the incidence of gastrojejunostomy stenosis and weight loss following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Surg Endosc . 2006 Jul;20(7):1017-20
[PubMed ID: 16763928]
Gould JC Garren MJ Gutowski KA Bariatric surgery. Clin Obstet Gynecol . 2006 Jun;49(2):375-88
[PubMed ID: 16721116]
Gould JC Garren MJ Starling JR Laparoscopic gastric bypass results in decreased prescription medication costs within 6 months. J Gastrointest Surg . 2004 Dec;8(8):983-7
[PubMed ID: 15585385]
Gould JC Garren MJ Starling JR Lessons learned from the first 100 cases in a new minimally invasive bariatric surgery program. Obes Surg . 2004 May;14(5):618-25
[PubMed ID: 15186628]