About the Author
Professor Paul O達rien is a world leader in the LAP-BAND procedure. He was one of its originators, having been involved in its design and testing in the early 1990s and he placed the first LAP-BAND in Australia in 1994. He heads the Centre for Bariatric Surgery (CBS), a major clinical centre for the assessment and treatment of obesity in Melbourne, Australia (www.lapbandaustralia.com.au). The Centre has 7 surgeons and many physicians and other health professionals committed to providing a safe and effective weight-loss program. By the end of 2010, the Centre treated more than 6000 people with the LAP-BAND.
He is also the Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Monash University and the Emeritus Director of the Centre for Obesity Research and Education (CORE) (www.core.monash.edu). His principal areas of clinical and research interest are in the morbidity of obesity and the health benefits of weight loss. He has published more than 250 research papers in the medical literature and he has been the National Medical Director at the American Institute for Gastric Banding (AIGB), in Dallas, Texas since 2006. Through CBS and CORE, he and his associates have published more research studies and provided more post-graduating teaching on the LAP-BAND than any other group in the world.