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Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare

Our Bariatric Surgeons


Scottsdale Healthcare’s Bariatric Center is proud to have some of the best physicians in the nation performing bariatric surgery at our facility. 

 

Bariatric Surgeon - Dr. Robin BlackstoneRobin Blackstone MD, FACS

Medical Director & Bariatric Surgeon,
Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center

Dr. Blackstone is one of the few women surgeons in the world specializing in the Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery. With her practice focused entirely on weight loss surgery, she is committed to providing patients with the very best care possible. 

From a fourth generation Arizona family, Dr. Blackstone grew up in the Grand Canyon National Park. She attended the University of Arizona in Tucson after high school and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. After being accepted as a medical student at the University of Texas in San Antonio, she graduated and received her Doctor of Medicine in 1988. Dr. Blackstone then completed her General Surgery residency at the University of Colorado, graduating in 1993 as a general surgeon specializing in the leading-edge field of advanced laparoscopic surgery. 

In 1996, Dr. Blackstone returned to Arizona and established her private practice in Scottsdale - specializing in Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery and Surgical Oncology. Dr. Blackstone first became interested in Gastric Bypass surgery for the morbidly obese after a close family member had the surgery in 1999. Fascinated by a very successful and obviously life-changing outcomes she established a medical model for obesity treatment that spans the continuum of disease and includes medical and surgical weight loss. Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center was one of the first Centers in the United States to be recognized as a Center of Excellence by Caesar's Entertainment Group through a competitive process based on structure, process and outcomes. 

In 2004, Dr. Blackstone was named to the American College of Surgeons National Faculty in Bariatric Surgery and serves on the Surgical Review Corporation Review Committee for National Centers of Excellence and as a founding Board Member of the Obesity Action Coalition. Dr. Blackstone has been an outspoken advocate of outcome based medical practice. The Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center was named as an American Society of Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in 2005.

Dr. Blackstone is the current president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

 

Bariatric Surgeon - Dr. Jason ReynosoJason Reynoso, MD

Bariatric Surgeon,
Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center

Prior to joining the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center, Dr. Reynoso held appointments as Clinical Attending General Surgery at the VA Medical Center in Omaha and Research Associate at the Center for Advanced Surgical Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

A graduate of Arizona State University, he earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Reynoso then returned to Arizona, serving progressively as intern, resident and chief resident of general surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. While there, he was honored with the General Surgery Residency Program’s Wendell B. Whitacre MD Outstanding Chief Resident Award.

Following his residency, Dr. Reynoso completed a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Reynoso has authored numerous articles in professional medical journals, including Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases, Annals of Surgery and others. He also has presented at an American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery annual meeting, as well as several other surgical conferences.

Dr. Reynoso is a resident member of the American College of Surgeons and a candidate member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

 

Bariatric Surgeon - Dr. James SwainJames Swain, MD

Bariatric Surgeon,
Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center

Prior to joining the Scottsdale Healthcare Bariatric Center, Dr. Swain served as Director of Bariatric Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, his areas of specialty include minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, anti-reflux and general surgery.

After graduating from Wichita State University, Dr. Swain received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He then completed his residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, during which he was awarded the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Laparoendoscopic Resident Achievement Award. Following his residency, Dr. Swain completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.

Dr. Swain has presented at numerous national and international meetings and has been published in multiple professional medical journals. He serves on several editorial boards including the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques (JLAST). Dr. Swain also holds many professional memberships, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.