The surgeon joins UNC Health Southeastern; considering starting a bariatric program

Dr. Kumar joins UNC Health Southeastern; considering starting a bariatric program

LUMBERTON — A physician has joined the Southeastern Surgical Clinic and medical staff at UNC Health Southeastern.

Dr. Rakesh Kumar, FACS, is an advanced laparoscopic, robotic, and general bariatric surgeon, according to UNC Health Southeastern. After initially joining the healthcare system in 2017, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2020 to complete a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center.

Extensive specialist training during the fellowship provides the skills needed to perform advanced and complicated surgeries safely.

“During my fellowship, I learned skills in advanced laparoscopic surgery and advanced gastrointestinal surgery, which are important not only for patient safety, but also add other benefits that come with small incisions, including less pain and faster recovery,” Kumar said.

Kumar received his medical degree from Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India in 2002. He also obtained a Masters in Surgery from Maulana Azad Medical College in 2007. He completed a residency in General Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn in 2017, serving as chief resident from 2016 to 2017. He is board certified in general surgery. Kumar is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

His areas of interest include bariatric, laparoscopic and robotic surgeries for conditions and diseases involving the gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, hiatal hernia, anti-reflux procedures, weight loss surgeries and endoscopy.

Kumar will begin offering bariatric surgery using sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass methods this summer, according to UNC Health Southeastern. This program will strengthen the health care system’s commitment to providing specialized care in our region.

“It is a priority of our health system to bring in qualified and trained specialists to support the community locally so that our patients do not have to travel to receive this higher level of care and wider access to specialists. “said Chris Ellington. , president and CEO of UNC Health Southeastern.

Information seminars will take place from June. More information will be released soon regarding the program.

Kumar and his wife, Dr. Mandeep Kaur, have two children.

Southeastern Surgical Clinic is located in the Southeastern Health Mall on the Biggs Park Mall campus in Lumberton at 2934 N. Elm St., Suite E. For more information or to make an appointment, call 910 -739-0022.

Ryan H. Bowman