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Dr. Abhay Agrawal, Laparoscopic-Bariatric SurgeonDr. Abhay Agrawal
MS, FMBS (Bariatric & Metabolic, USA), FALS,
FIAGES, FRS(Robotic surgery),
(Laparoscopic Bariatric & Robotic Surgeon)

Dr. Abhay Agrawal did Masters in Surgery and commenced his career as a Surgeon in Mumbai. With a view to usher professional excellence in India in the areas of laparoscopic and bariatric surgery, he skilled himself through fellowship and training at some of the global benchmark institutions in the aforesaid areas. He did his Fellowship in Bariatrics at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic USA. He also holds a Fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery and has been designated as a “SURGEON OF EXCELLENCE” in Bariatric and Metabolic surgery by Surgical Review Corp, USA.

Dr. Abhay Agrawal received specialized training in advanced laparoscopic Bariatric surgery and Robotic surgery from experts in France, Austria and USA. Later he completed his Fellowship in Bariatric from Clinique de Savegarde, Lyon, France, a leading hospital with the highest number of Bariatric cases in the world. He has been trained in India and abroad, under globally renowned doctors like Prof. A. Cuschieri (U.K.), Prof. Jacques Perissat, Dr. Jean - Louis Dulucq (both France) Dr Michel Gagner (USA) and of course, Dr. J.B. Agrawal.

Dr. Abhay Agrawal also holds a Diploma in Hospital Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He then joined the Asian Heart Institute as a Consultant Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon. Having started laparoscopy surgery in 1995 he has performed thousands of basic & advanced laparoscopic procedures.

Dr. Abhay Agrawal runs the Dept of Bariatric surgery - a center of Excellence with a 100% success rate at the Asian Heart Institute, and Sevenhills hospital Mumbai. His team of Dietician, Endocrinologist, counselor and Anaesthetist are well experienced in handling the difficulties faced in treating obese patients and he has performed numerous bariatric procedures like Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy, Lap Gastric Bypass, Ileal transposition and Intragastric Balloon at various prestigious medical centers in India.

The Society of Asia Pacific Obesity Surgeons, recognized Dr. Agrawal’s expertise proficiency in bariatric surgery and he is amongst the four Indian surgeons to present a paper on his experiences in this area at the Asia Pacific Obesity Conclave in March 2008 at Shanghai China. He is now super specializing in Bariatric Surgery (Weight loss Surgery) and has done pioneering work in the field of Bariatrics and Metabolic surgery in India..

He also imparts surgical skills to young budding surgeons across the country through training sessions at the Ethicon Institute of EndoSurgery (EIES) Mahim.

He has published papers in several national and international publications and has participated as speaker/Panelist/Delegate at a large number of seminars, workshops and conferences.

Dr Abhay himself being fitness conscious follows a strict diet and routine exercise program and encourages his patients to follow suit.
Dr. Jugal B. Agrawal, Laparoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeon
Dr. Jugal B. Agrawal
(Advanced Laparoscopic and Gastrointestinal Surgeon)

Dr. Jugal Agrawal is a significant pioneer of laparoscopic surgery in India.  The many firsts to his credit include laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, total extraperitoneal repair of hernia and splenectomy. A person who maintains a subtle profile, Dr. Agrawal’s proficiency in the field of endoscopic interventions has won him significant accolades in the professional arena.

Dr. Agrawal’s journey of pioneering laparoscopic surgery in the country commenced in1971, when he obtained his Masters’ in General Surgery from the University of Bombay (standing second in the overall merit list).

He ushered into India, surgical techniques, which hitherto uncharted into the country are now stable procedures and have benefited the patients significantly through a more comfortable surgical intervention resulting in speedier recovery and lesser operative and post operative trauma. Among such firsts are:

  • Use of G.I. staplers (in 1981) and also performing the Sugiura procedure with staplers.
  • In 1991, though the second surgeon in India to perform a laparoscopic cholecystectomy(1989).
  • Laparoscopic procedures like rectopexy (October, 1996); splenectomy (March, 1995); total extraperitoneal repair of hernia (1996); nephrectomy; gastropexy (in 1999); laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (2002) and morgagni hernia (in 2006).
Currently, Dr. J.B. Agrawal is Hon. Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Jaslok Hospital & Research center, and the Asian Heart Institute & Research center, both located in Mumbai. He is Chief Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Bhakti Vedanta Hospital and the M.G. Global Hospital, also in Mumbai. He is also visiting Laparoscopic Surgeon at K.E.M. Hospital, Parel, and Faculty Member at the Ethicon Institute of Surgical Education, Mahim.

Earlier, he was Hon. Gastrointestinal and Laparoscopic Surgeon at Lilavati Hospital & Research center, and Chief Hon. Surgeon at M.W. Desai Municipal Hospital, Malad (since 1976).

He has conducted numerous workshops on G.I. stapling all over the country, and nearly 100 workshops on laparoscopic surgery. With over 50 scientific papers in various national and international journals to his credit, Dr. J.B. Agrawal has participated as Guest Speaker/Panelist/Delegate in nearly 200 national and international medical meetings.

Founder Secretary of the Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo-Surgeons (I.A.G.E.S.) in 1993, he has played an extremely significant role in propagating laparoscopic surgery in India.


  • Association Surgeons of India (ASI)
  • Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons (IAGES)
  • Association of Minimal Access Surgeons of India (AMASI)
  • Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Society of India (MOSSI)
Dr Saumya Agrawal, Bariatric Co-ordinatorDr Saumya Agrawal (Bariatric Co-ordinator)

Dr Saumya Agrawal takes the patients through the pre and post operative journey and guides them through the various lifestyle adjustments that bariatric surgeries entail.

She conducts support group rendezvous for old and new patients and co-ordinates the pre and post operative management of the patients. As she has herself undergone bariatric surgery performed by Dr. Abhay Agrawal, she is ideally placed to empathise with the patients’ challenges and specific requirements. She has lost the desired weight after a Sleeve procedure and is very enthusiastic in helping others achieve their target.
Dr Shikha Gupta, Dietician

Shikha Gupta (Dietician)

Shikha Gupta is a consultant nutritionist who completed her post graduation in clinical nutrition after completing her graduation in food science and nutrition from SNDT- Juhu. She has gained vast experience in obesity and diabetes nutrition and has been working as a bariatric nutritionist for last many years. She deals with patients with PCOD, diabetes, high cholesterol, pediatric and geriatric nutrition.

She completed her seminar research on thiamin and obesity in her academic year. She was also involved in various projects like weight management awareness in lions club, nutrition for elderly, awareness of nutrition in ICDS centre for young children.

She volunteered in the medical camp for 2009 SC marathon, in association with Asian heart hospital. She had conducted survey on eating habits in adolescent girls and on breast feeding in lactating women.

She is an active consultant in Agrawal Hospital as a clinical bariatric nutritionist. Her role is to counsel patient’s pre and post surgery. Motivation and progress towards a healthy lifestyle is her main focus.

Her mission is to help people achieve not only an ideal weight but also health from within with a good lifestyle.

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