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Panelist Bio


Drake Bellanger, M.D.
Weight Loss Surgical Centers of Louisiana

Dr. Drake Bellanger was born in Galliano, La., and was reared in Cut Off, both small communities along Bayou Lafourche in southeastern Louisiana. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology/Chemistry. Dr. Bellanger was then accepted to L.S.U. Medical School in New Orleans and graduated in 1992 receiving his M.D. degree.

The next five years were spent training in the Surgical Residency Program at the University of South Alabama Hospitals. During his residency in the mid 1990’s, Dr. Bellanger trained in Bariatric Surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Charles B. Rodning, MD, PhD, FICS, FACS. It was during this time that he developed his love and skill for weight loss surgery.

Arriving in Baton Rouge in 1997, Dr. Bellanger was the first surgeon in the area to perform laparoscopic (key-hole surgery) weight loss surgery. He performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in 2000 and the first gastric banding in 2002. Currently, Dr. Bellanger has performed over 2000 weight loss surgical procedures and his practice is dedicated solely to the field of bariatric (weight loss) surgery.

Dr. Bellanger enjoys the many outdoor activities of Baton Rouge with his wife Tiffany and their three children.

Since dedicating his practice to bariatric surgery, Dr. Bellanger has authored and co-authored numerous articles in bariatric surgery and has been published in several prestigious journals. Additionally, he is considered an expert in the field of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with the following notable accomplishments:
• One of only ten U.S. surgeons to sit on the International Sleeve Gastrectomy Consensus Conference
• Travels to other cities to teach the sleeve gastrectomy technique
• Has lectured around the United States and has been an invited lecturer at the Annual meeting of Obesity Surgery Society of Australia & New Zealand, in Sydney, Australia

Dr. Bellanger has been a Center of Excellence Bariatric Surgery surgeon since 2006 and is a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons. He is a current member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and is a Past President of the Capital Area Medical Society. He is also the current Bariatric Medical Director at both Woman’s Hospital and St. Elizabeth Hospital.

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     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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