Surgeon at Texas Health Denton to Operate Before 2,000 Peers

DENTON, Texas — On May 31, Dr. David Provost, a surgeon on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, will be part of a first for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

Dr. David Provost
Dr. David Provost

Provost will perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y bariatric surgery at Texas Health Denton, which will broadcast to 2,000 of his colleagues at the ASMBS conference in New Orleans.

In 1999, Provost was the first surgeon in Texas to perform a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. At that time the procedure lasted 9.5 hours. Today the surgery takes less than an hour to complete.

“I am honored that my fellow surgeons selected me to perform the procedure,” Provost said. “Bariatric surgery offers morbidly obese patients the opportunity to improve their health and reduce the risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as diabetes.”

Laparoscopic surgeries involve smaller incisions that help patients recover faster and reduce the risk of post-op infections and complications.

“Dr. Provost has been an integral part of the development of the weight loss surgery program at Texas Health Denton,” said Stan Morton, hospital president. “For patients who qualify, weight loss surgery can be a key component to helping them improve their well-being.”

In 2010, Texas Health Denton announced that it had been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®. The ASMBS center of excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton is a 255-bed acute-care, full-service hospital that has served North Texas and southern Oklahoma since 1987. The hospital’s services include: heart and vascular; a Level III neonatal intensive care unit; orthopedics and sports medicine; neck, spine and pain management; emergency medicine; an accredited sleep center; women’s services; and a weight loss surgery program that has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. As one of the largest employers in Denton County, Texas Health Denton has more than 900 employees and more than 300 physicians on the medical staff practicing in more than 45 specialties. Texas Health Denton is an accredited chest pain center, and is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center and designated by the State of Texas as a Primary Stroke Facility. Texas Health Denton is an affiliate of Texas Health Resources, one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.

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About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 25 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, Huguley Memorial Medical Center, Texas Health Physicians Group, outpatient facilities, behavioral health and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit