Dr. Rami Lutfi, MD

Dr. Rami Lutfi, MD

Bariatric Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 44
Dr. Rami Lutfi, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 15 years. He graduated from University Of Damascus, Faculty Of Medicine and specializes in bariatric surgery, general surgery, and more.Read his story

331 W Surf St Ste 5100

Chicago, IL 60657

Contact Information

(773) 327-6800

Insurance Accepted

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • 4 More

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Top Care Areas

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very high
more than 96% of peers
Abdominal Disorders
more than 90% of peers
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
more than 86% of peers

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Dr. Lutfi's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Lutfi "Rami Lutfi, MD, FACS is nationally and internationally known as a leader in Bariatric Surgery. He is a pioneer of many ground-breaking techniques and procedures, including being the first surgeon to perform a sleeve gastrectomy in Illinois and the first to place a gastric balloon in the Midwest. Dr. Lutfi has performed hundreds of bariatric procedures and has written extensively about weight loss surgery for leading medical journals. He is one of only a few surgeons who educates new surgeons how to perform successful, minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Dr. Lutfi is the Medical Director of Lakefront Bariatrics; the Chief of Surgery at Mercy Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Medical Director of Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, and past president of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Lutfi ""My practice philosophy is to emphasize and exhaust all non-surgical treatment options before considering surgery. When surgery is necessary, we utilize the latest technological advances and minimally invasive surgery to assure patients are receiving the best care possible to accelerate recovery time." Dr. Lutfi is the Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Illinois, in Chicago."

3  Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

32  Conditions Treated


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45  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acid Reflux Surgery
  • Adhesiolysis
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Colectomy
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Colorectal Surgery, Robotic-Assisted
  • da Vinci® Robotic Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Foregut Surgery
  • Gallbladder Removal
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laproscopic
  • Hernia and Hydrocele Repair
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • ReShape™ Intragastric Integrated Dual Balloon System Insertion
  • Revision of Gastric Anastomosis or Restrictive Procedure
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Splenectomy
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Surgery, Robotic Assisted
  • Tracheostomy


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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Damascus, Faculty Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated
  • University of Illinois Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1998
  • University of Illinois Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003
  • Vanderbilt University Hospital
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • SAGES (Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons) Best Laparoscopic Fellows oral presentation, 2004
  • SAGES Research Grant Award; “Acid Clearance Physiology after Collis-Nissen Gastroplasty, Nissen Fundoplication, and In Healthy Individuals.”, 2005
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Scholarship Award, 2003
  • Resident Achievement Award; University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons (SLS) Scholarship Award, 2004
Media & Publications
  • Endoscopic Treatment Modalities for Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Sept 2004
  • Resolution of metabolic syndrome after gastric bypass surgery: Multivariate analysis, May 2005
  • Predictors of success after laparoscopic gastric bypass: a multivariate analysis of socioeconomic factors, 6/ 2006
  • Predictors of early quality-of-life improvement after laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, April 2007
  • The Endoscopic Radiofrequency Approach to Management of GERD, June 2004
  • Current Treatment of Achalsia, 2005
  • Heller myotomy vs Heller myotomy plus Dor fundoplication: cost-utility analysis of a randomized trial, March 2006
  • Laparoscopic lysis of adhesions, 2004
  • Is Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery the Most Effective Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Morbidly Obese Patients?, Nov 2005
  • Endoscopic evaluation of the gastrojejunostomy in laparoscopic gastric bypass A series of 340 patients without postoperative leak, Dec 2005
  • The Stretta Procedure, 2004
  • Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: Comparison of two techniques of gastrointestinal anastomosis, May 2005
  • Three years experience doing the Stretta procedure; does it really make a difference?, Feb 2005
  • Heller Myotomy versus Heller Myotomy with Dor Fundoplication for Achalasia: a Prospective Randomized Double-blind Clinical Trial, Sept 2004
  • NBC Better Health PodCast with Dr. Sandy Goldberg, 2/18/2008

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Arabic
  • French
  • Spanish

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Dr. Lutfi's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Lutfi to family and friends
29 total reviews (3 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (29)

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Dr. Lutfi's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (3)

Very good Surgeon, he explains everything with details
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Superb doctor, he took his time to explain how the gastric procedure is done. Looking forward to work with the dietitian to start a healthier lifestyle.
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We had an appointment at 1:45PM and as a potential new patient we arrived early. We sat in the waiting room until 2:55PM. We were then escorted to a patient room where we waited until 3:20PM. We left without seeing the doctor as we took time out of our work schedule to see the doctor. The office...more
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