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Dallas-Fort Worth Bariatric Surgeon Earns Top Honors from Two National Medical Organizations

Dr. David Kim, a bariatric weight loss surgeon in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area, has been named by the American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery as a Fellow of the ASMBS and one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.

(Vocus) April 17, 2009 -- David Kim, MD has dedicated his career to helping people overcome the damaging physical and psychological effects of morbid obesity. Founder and director of the Live Life Again center, a bariatric surgery practice offering procedures such as the LAP-BAND® System for Dallas - Fort Worth and Arlington-area patients, Dr. Kim helps hundreds of patients each year lose weight and turn their lives around. And the larger medical community has officially taken notice.

Dr. Kim recently earned recognition by two of the most prestigious organizations in the country. The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) - the largest society for the specialty of Bariatric Surgery in the world - has named Dr. Kim a Fellow of the ASMBS, signifying Dr. Kim's extraordinary record of service in his field. In addition to this distinctive honor, Dr. Kim was also recently named as one of America's Top Doctors by Castle Connolly, a leading healthcare research and information company which publishes an annual consumer guide in which health professionals are evaluated and chosen by their peers in the medical field.

Dr. Kim is one of a very few bariatric surgeons in the country to hold the distinction of 'Fellow of the ASMBS.' Part of the organization's mission is to improve the care and treatment of people suffering from obesity and related diseases; to advance the science and understanding of metabolic surgery; and to be the recognized authority and resource on bariatric and metabolic surgery. This is not the first time Dr. Kim has been recognized by the ASMBS. In 2006, he was designated a 'Bariatric Surgeon of Excellence', and recertified in 2007 through 2009. His Live Life Again practice has also been named a 'Center of Excellence' by the ASMBS, an honor only given to one out of 303 bariatric surgery centers. Dr. Kim's is the first 'Center of Excellence' program in Fort Worth, and he says that after 2000 successful bariatric surgeries, the distinction is quite an honor. "We are very proud of this designation, because it means that we have performed numerous surgeries successfully. Our patients have amongst the lowest complication rates within the country."

Dr. David Kim's second prestigious designation recently came from the Castle Connolly guide to America's Top Doctors. Named by a majority of his peers as an outstanding Dallas - Fort Worth bariatric surgeon the distinction follows Dr. Kim's 2007 recognition as a 'Top Doc' in Fort Worth Magazine and as North Hills Hospital's Physician of the Year in 2006.

Dr. Kim has established himself as a pioneer in the field of weight loss surgery in Dallas - Ft. Worth. He is the first bariatric surgeon in Fort Worth to perform laparascopic gastric bypass, a procedure utilizing small instruments and tiny incisions to surgically treat morbidly obese patients. The laparoscopic gastric bypass is generally considered to be the bariatric surgery treatment that requires the most skill on the part of the surgeon. Dr. Kim is also one of the few bariatric surgeons in the U.S. to be chosen to perform the new REALIZE™ Band-C procedure, using laparoscopic surgery to implant an adjustable weight loss device around the stomach, creating a smaller stomach pouch and giving the patient an earlier feeling of fullness after eating less food.

The Live Life Again Center, overseen by Dr. Kim, is a comprehensive weight loss surgery facility designed to provide patients with a number of treatment programs to fight morbid obesity. Dr. Kim offers free seminars discussing a variety of procedures and issues related to obesity for patients considering surgical treatment, and the center offers support programs and lifelong aftercare to help those who have had surgery keep the weight off safely and effectively. He says everyone at the Live Life Again center has devoted his or her career to helping patients through the entire surgical process. "There are many issues that my patients will experience. We understand this because morbid obesity is a disease that affects the entire person, both body and mind. Because each person has specialized in their own field, together as a team we are able to address all of these issues so patients can maximally benefit after their operation." Dr. Kim says bariatric surgery can help people who suffer from physical and emotional health issues largely due to their weight, and ultimately change lives for the better by assisting patients in living healthier lifestyles with an enhanced self-esteem.

For more information on David D. Kim, M.D., F.A.C.S., such as a detailed biography and an extensive outline of his procedures and support programs at the Live Life Again Bariatric Surgery Center, individuals can contact the facility at 35 Veranda Lane, Suite 100, Colleyville, Texas, 76034 - (817) 717-7447, or visit Dr. Kim's website at


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