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Bruce M. Wolfe M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

    • Professor of Surgery, Division of Bariatric Surgery School of Medicine
    • Bariatric Surgery Program Co-Chair Surgery School of Medicine

Bruce M. Wolfe, M.D., is a graduate of Stanford University and the St. Louis University School of Medicine. His surgical training was completed at St. Louis University with an additional fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He is board-certified in Surgery as well as Obesity Medicine. Relocating to OHSU from the University of California, Davis in 2005, Dr. Wolfe has continued to devote his career to surgical nutrition and the treatment of obesity. Dr. Wolfe's research interests lie at the intersection of surgical outcomes of obesity and health policy as it relates to obesity treatment coverage. He chaired an NIH-funded research consortium studying the clinical, epidemiological, and behavioral outcomes of bariatric surgery, known as the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery. He has served as Co-Chair of the Advocacy Committee of The Obesity Society. Dr. Wolfe is also involved in Oregon's coordination of obesity treatment coverage policies under Medicaid, providing expert testimony that champions comprehensive guidelines and quality improvement. Dr. Wolfe's local and national policy efforts of expanding obesity treatment, as well as numerous ongoing research projects and mentorship of doctoral students, underscore Dr. Wolfe's dedication to upstream efforts to prevent and ameliorate obesity and related sequelae.

Areas of interest

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgical nutrition
  • Treatment of obesity


  • M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis Missouri 1967
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1973
  • Fellowship:

    • Research Fellow in Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, MA, 1977
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery, 1974

Honors and awards

  • 2016 | Lifetime Outstanding Achievement Award, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Institute of Nutrition
  • American Medical Association
  • American Obesity Association
  • American Society for Clinical Nutrition
  • American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Past-President
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Past-President 2010-2011
  • American Surgical Association
  • Mackenzie Society
  • National Association of Vascular Access Networks
  • National Foundation for Ileitis and Colitis, Inc.
  • North American Association for the Study of Obesity
  • Pacific Coast Surgical Association
  • Pancreas Club
  • Portland Surgical Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of University Surgeons
  • Western Surgical Association


  • "Multicenter prospective evaluation of laparoscopic antireflux surgery - Preliminary report" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques November 1993
  • "Intravenous glucose" Gastroenterology August 1978
  • "Cancer of the colon and rectum in California" Preventive Medicine  2000
  • "Comparative effects of thermal and surgical trauma on rat muscle protein metabolism" Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition  1991
  • "Hypopharyngeal perforation during laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass" Obesity Surgery  2000
  • "Consensus Conference Statement. Bariatric surgery for morbid obesity" Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases May 2005
  • "Laparoscopic Heller myotomy and Dor fundoplication for achalasia" JAMA Surgery  2001
  • "A simplified approach to the diagnosis of elevated intra-abdominal pressure" Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery  2002
  • "Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass for morbid obesity." Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons  1999
  • "Laparoscopic suturing evaluation among surgical residents" Journal of Surgical Research  2000
  • "Evaluation of the results of external choledochoduodenostomy for retained, recurrent, or primary common duct stones" American Journal of Surgery  1979
  • "Duplex ultrasound assessment of femoral venous flow during laparoscopic and open gastric bypass" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques February 1 2003
  • "Weighing in on bariatric surgery" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association October 19 2005
  • "Impairment of cardiac performance by laparoscopy in patients receiving positive end-expiratory pressure" JAMA Surgery January 1999
  • "The effect of obesity in adolescence on adult health status" Pediatrics December 2013
  • "Late gastrointestinal hemorrhage after gastric bypass" Obesity Surgery  2002
  • "Muscle protein metabolism of rats in surgical trauma" Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition  1988
  • "Acute suppurative cholangitis" Surgical Clinics of North America  1981
  • "Method for the simultaneous determination of retinol and β-carotene concentrations in human tissues and plasma" Analytical Biochemistry May 1 2002
  • "Open versus laparoscopic bariatric surgery"   2007
  • "Effect of prolonged pneumoperitoneum on intraoperative urine output during laparoscopic gastric bypass" Journal of the American College of Surgeons October 1 2002
  • "Reporting weight change" Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases September 2013
  • "The physiologic effects of pneumoperitoneum in the morbidly obese" Annals of Surgery February 2005
  • "Clinical practice guidelines in nutrition support" Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition January 1997
  • "Associations between physical activity and mental health among bariatric surgical candidates" Journal of Psychosomatic Research February 2013
  • "Complications in vascular access devices." Nutrition in Clinical Practice August 1993
  • "Walking capacity of bariatric surgery candidates" Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases January 2012
  • "Analytical validation and biological evaluation of a high-molecular-weight adiponectin ELISA" Clinical Chemistry December 2007
  • "Microbial contamination of continuous drip feedings" Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition  1989
  • "Management of complications following intestinal bypass for morbid obesity" Missouri Medicine  1974

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