I am a Licensed Surgeon in both Nebraska & Wyoming with many interests including general surgery, bariatric surgery, weight loss and obesity medicine.
Rick Fermelia, MD, FACS, D-ABOM
Occupation:General & Bariatric Surgeon
Core skills:General Surgery
Bariatric / Metabolic / Wt Loss Surgery
Laparoscopic / Minimally Invasive Surgery
GERD / Reflux / Heartburn Surgery
Trauma / Critical Care
Certificates:Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine
Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
General Surgery Residency U of Tx Southwestern, Dallas TX
Medical Doctorate U of Utah
BA in Zoology / Physiology U of WY
Advance Trauma Life Saving Course director and instructor
Location:9100 Andermatt Drive, Suite 1, Lincoln, NE 68526
I was trained in some would say in one of the best residencies in the United States in Dallas, Texas at the University of Texas Southwestern (known by most as the Parkland Hospital Residency). I will admit, most surgeons are proud of where they were trained. Laparoscopic surgery was still new when I was in residency. Over 25 years of experience I have developed a robust high end laparoscopic practice in complex abdominal laparoscopic surgery. I began my interest in weight loss (bariatric surgery) out of my love for complicated laparoscopic surgery. In 2004, I went through a formal training program in bariatric surgery. During this time, the first fellowships (training after residency) were only just being developed in minimally invasive surgery and bariatrics. I had extensive formal training and proctoring in both open and laparoscopic gastric bypass. I ultimately formally trained and was proctored in the Lap Band procedure in 2005. I was formally trained and proctored in Gastric Sleeve resection in 2011. As is the case with most experienced bariatric surgeons I have performed many revisional bariatric surgeries, considered some of the most challenging cases. As far as I know I performed some of the first laparoscopic gastric bypasses, Lap Band, and laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve resections in the state of Wyoming and I also developed the first comprehensive bariatric center in the state.
During this long experience I have found great pleasure in working and might I say excelling as “an operating bariatric physician” in the nonoperative aspects of weight loss therapy.
I am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomat of the American Board of Obesity Medicine, and more importantly a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. This vouches for my commitment to remaining involved in the science of and on the cutting edge of my craft. I have developed and was the medical director of a comprehensive bariatric surgery program that was awarded a Centers of Excellence verification by first the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and when it merged with the American College of Surgeons. The MBSAQIP (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program) is now the verifying entity. I personally have been awarded a “Surgeon of Excellence” verification of those two verifying organizations and I look forward to serving you.