“Effective, safe and durable weight loss treatment solutions“ is the vision of Dr. Elias Darido, founder of Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center.

In today’s healthcare environment, many overweight patients are falling victims to fad diets, fake pills and false promises. Obesity is a complex medical disease that has reached an epidemic level in our society. Caring for overweight patients requires experience, knowledge, research, and dedication. Obesity treatment is neither a simple pill you take every day nor a certain diet you adopt for couple of weeks. Obesity treatment is a life journey. At Houston Weight Loss Surgery Center, Dr. Darido is very proud and privileged to be part of your weight loss journey.

Dr. Darido grew up in Lebanon. He attended the prestigious American University of Beirut. After graduating from medical school with honors, he moved to the United States. He trained in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital and The University of Cincinnati. Two institutions that are renowned for their surgical tradition. Afterwards, he completed two additional years of subspecialty training for weight loss and diabetes surgery at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. Darido specializes in a wide range of weight loss surgeries including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and lap band conversion to bypass or sleeve. Dr. Darido is especially focused on the upper part of the stomach also called gastric fundus. The gastric fundus secretes two important hormones (Ghrelin and Leptin) that have direct implications on metabolism, energy expenditure, and weight loss. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone and Leptin is the satiety hormone. One of the causes of obesity is a mismatch in the Ghrelin/Leptin. Dr. Darido has been developing several new procedures for treatment of obesity and Diabetes by modifying the interaction between the gastric fundus and ingested food. Gastric Fundus Invagination or Sleeve Gastrotomy is a novel weight loss procedure that Dr. Darido is currently studying. The surgery is reversible, safe, durable and simple to perform allowing patients to recover fast and with minimal pain. Gastric Fundus Invagination mimics the effects of a traditional sleeve gastrectomy without the need to cut and staple. Hence, it eliminates the risk of staple line failure and leak.

Dr. Darido aspires to provide effective, simple and safe weight loss solutions for patients in Houston and the surrounding areas. If you are 80 or more pounds over your ideal weight, have failed to lose or maintain weight loss through more conservative approaches, and wish to consider a surgical alternative, you will greatly benefit from Dr. Darido’s expertise.

Dr. Darido holds the following designations:

  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Board Certified The American Board of Surgery
  • Member American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Member Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Member American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • Member Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Member Harris County Medical Association (HCMA)
  • Member Houston society of Bariatric Surgeons
  • Fellowship Trained in Advanced Laparoscopy Surgery
  • Fellowship Trained in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Association Memberships