Medical School
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine (1995)
University of California Davis-East Bay (2003), General Surgery
University California Davis School of Medicine (2004), Minimally Invasive/bariatric Surgery
Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2012)

Clinical Interest

Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery

  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap-Band)
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass

Gastrointestinal Surgery

  • Gallstones/Gallbladder Removal (Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy )
  • Laparoscopic Appendectomy
  • Splenectomy (Open & Laparoscopic)

General Surgical Procedures

  • Laparoscopic Biopsies

Hernia & Abdominal Wall Repair Surgery

  • Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Laparoscopic Ventral Hernia Repair


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Variations of Weight Loss Following Gastric Bypass and Gastric Band
Puzziferri N, Nakonezny PA, Livingston EH, Carmody TJ, Provost DA, Rush AJ Annals of Surgery August 2008 248(2) 233-42
Implementation, Construct Validity, and Benefit of a Proficiency-Based Knot-Tying and Suturing Curriculum
Goova MT, Hollett LA, Tesfay ST, Gala RB, Puzziferri N Journal of Surgical Education Summer 2008 65(4) 309-15
Surgical Treatment of Obesity
Puzziferri N, Blankenship J, Wolfe BM Endocrine February 2006 29(1) 11-19
Three-year Follow-up of a Prospective Randomized Trial Comparing Laparoscopic vs Open Gastric Bypass
Puzziferri N, Austrheim-Smith IT, Wolfe BM, Wilson LSE, Nguyen NT Annals of Surgery February 2006 243(2) 181-8
Psychological Issues in Bariatric Surgery-the Surgeon’s Perspective
Puzziferri N Surgical Clinics of North America August 2005 85(4) 741-55

Honors & Awards

  • Student National Medical Association President’s Award
  • Public Health Service Certificate of Recognition
  • Un of Wisconsin Medical School Student Leadership and Service Award
  • Medical Students for Minority Concerns Distinguished Student Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Bariatric Surgery
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Society