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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.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)
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