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WELCOME TO Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics

Welcome to Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics a San Antonio-based general surgery.

Joel A. Rodriguez, M.D. established Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics for the advanced surgical treatment of overweight and obesity.  Dr. Rodriguez specializes in weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, gastric band, and revision surgeries (revision of previous bariatric procedures).

Here are just some of the highlights that sets Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics apart from other surgery practices.

Surgical Expertise: Unlike many bariatric weight loss practices, Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics is able to offer all surgical weight loss options including the duodenal switch procedure and revisional operations. Providing this level of comprehensive care allows us to match therapy specifically to a patient’s needs and goals.

Patience and Compassion: You will not rush you to make a decision. We will explain the risks and benefits thoroughly, in terms that you can easily understand. Our preoperative goal for you is that you walk out of our office feeling confident in the decision you have made.

Full Time Staff: The office staff at Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics is dedicated to helping patients navigate through the insurance process. Our insurance specialists are experienced at navigating the challenges of insurance approval and will work diligently to get through the process quickly and efficiently.

Dedicated Patient Advocate: You will be assigned to a personal patient advocate who will be there to help as you go through the preoperative process. Your patient advocate is your direct link to Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics.

Commitment to Your Long-Term Success: Our doctors understand the challenges that weight loss surgery patients face after surgery. They are passionate about being there for you every step of the way. We will provide high-quality care, with great attention to detail, so that your results are maximized.

Thank you for choosing Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics for your surgical care and we look forward to helping you reach your weight loss goals and achieve a healthy lifestyle.

Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics – Surgery for a Healthy lifestyle.

JOEL A. RODRIGUEZ, M.D.     |  HIGHLY TRAINED & EXPERIENCED SURGEON

Joel A. Rodriguez, M.D., is a general surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  He received specialized fellowship training in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina — one of the top 10 medical schools in the country.  Since 2012, he has performed over 1,200 bariatric operations and has extensive experience in complex bariatric operations such as the duodenal switch procedure and all revisions and conversions of previous bariatric operations.

Dr. Rodriguez is a 1993 Valedictorian graduate of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey.  He then completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he trained with world-renowned faculty members in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.  His research in the field of genomics, general surgery, and bariatric surgery has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and his work has earned him plenary seminar presentations at national conferences for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

After his surgical training, Dr. Rodriguez joined a premier bariatric surgery group in Dallas where he dedicated his practice solely to bariatric surgery thus mastering all bariatric surgical procedures. In 2014, with his wife and their three children, Dr. Rodriguez moved back to his hometown of San Antonio and opened Texas Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics, a surgical practice dedicated to improving the lives of our community through obesity and metabolic education with a patient-centered approach to surgical weight loss. 

Dr. Rodriguez is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Bexar County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons. Dr. Rodriguez has also served as a board member with the American Diabetes Association of San Antonio. He is the Medical Director for Robotic Assisted Surgery at Methodist Hospital Metropolitan. 

Dr. DAVID J. STRAUS M.D.  |     HIGHLY TRAINED & EXPERIENCED SURGEON

David J. Straus IV, M.D. is a general surgeon and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received specialized training in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California – San Diego in La Jolla, California. He has recently published in the areas of Robotic Foregut Surgery, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, and Robotic Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.

Dr. Straus is a sixth-generation Texan graduating from Alamo Heights High School. He then graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Neuroscience. After, he returned to San Antonio to obtain his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Straus then travelled to Miami to undergo a rigorous general surgery residency at University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital receiving broad exposure to Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Then completing his formal training with a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California at San Diego.

Our Doctors

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Joel A. Rodriguez, M.D.

General & Bariatric Surgery

Biography

Joel A. Rodriguez, M.D., is a general surgeon and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received specialized fellowship training in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He has performed over 1,200 bariatric operations and has extensive experience in complex bariatric operations such as the duodenal switch procedure and all revisional operations. Dr. Rodriguez earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University. He then completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, where he trained with world-renowned faculty members in the Michael E. Debakey Department of Surgery. His research in the fields of genomics, general surgery, and bariatric surgery has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals, and his work has earned him plenary seminar presentations at national conferences for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Medical Association, the Texas Medical Association, the Bexar County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Rodriguez is also a board member with the American Diabetes Association of San Antonio.

Care Philosophy

I want to care for members of my community as I would for a family member. I will always be safe and efficient in providing surgical services. I will strive for compassion and not be unmindful of the ever-present burdens of healthcare.

Procedures and Conditions Treated
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Weight Loss
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Robotic Assisted Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Gallbladder Disease and Cholangiography
  • Colon Disease
  • Colon Resection
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Appendectomy 
  • Skin and Soft Tissue Infections and Masses
  • Weight Loss
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Duodenal Switch
  • Lap-Band
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gastric Balloon
  • Acid Reflux
  • Anti-Reflux Therapy and Upper Endoscopy
Credentials and Education
  • Princeton University
    Undergraduate Degree –

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Internship – 2005

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Graduate Degree – 2004

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Residency – 2011

  • Duke University Medical Center
    Fellowship – 2012

Specialties

General Surgery Board Certified

Bariatric Surgery

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Affiliations

  • Methodist Hospital | Metropolitan
  • Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
  • Northeast Baptist Hospital
  • Baptist Medical Center Hospital
  • North Central Baptist Hospital
  • Foundation Surgical Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital | Specialty and Transplant
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Methodist Hospital | Northeast

David J. Straus, M.D.

General & Bariatric Surgery

Biography

David J. Straus IV, M.D. is a general surgeon and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He received specialized training in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California – San Diego in La Jolla, California. He has recently published in the areas of Robotic Foregut Surgery, Revisional Bariatric Surgery, and Robotic Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.

Dr. Straus is a sixth-generation Texan graduating from Alamo Heights High School. He then graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in Neuroscience. After, he returned to San Antonio to obtain his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Straus then travelled to Miami to undergo a rigorous general surgery residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami) with broad exposure to Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. As stated above, he rounded out his formal training with a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at the University of California at San Diego.

Credentials and Education
    • Washington and Lee University
      Undergraduate Degree – 2009

    • University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio
      Graduate Degree – 2013
    • University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital
      Internship – 2014
    • University of Miami – Jackson Memorial Hospital
      Residency – 2018
    • University of California – San Diego
      Fellowship – 2020
Procedures and Conditions Treated

General Surgery

Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

Surgical Weight Loss, Bariatric Surgery

  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Lap-Band revision

Gallbladder Disease and Cholangiography

 Hernia Surgery

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hiatal hernia
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Umbilical hernia
  • Ventral hernia

 Colon Resection

  • Diverticulitis
  • Colon masses and cancer
  • Colostomy

Foregut Surgery

  • Anti-Reflux Therapy and Upper Endoscopy
  • Nissen/Toupet Fundoplication
  • Hiatal hernia repair

 Breast Surgery 

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections and Masses

Care Philosophy

I want to care for members of my community as I would for a family member.  I will always be safe and efficient in providing Surgical services.  I will strive for compassion and not be unmindful of the ever-present burdens of healthcare.

Specialties

General Surgery Board Certified

Bariatric Surgery

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

Affiliations

  • Methodist Hospital | Metropolitan
  • Methodist Hospital | Northeast
  • Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
  • Northeast Baptist Hospital
  • Baptist Medical Center Hospital
  • North Central Baptist Hospital
  • Foundation Surgical Hospital

Our Clinic 

Let’s meet some of our staff members.

Annette Ocejo

  • Surgical Coordinator

April Lisera

  • Bariatric Referral Coordinator
  • Billing Specialist -Bariatric Patient Advocate

Korina Gonzalez

  • Medical Assistant
  • General Surgery Referral Coordinator

Linda K. Hernandez, BSBM-HC

  • Practice Manager
  • Bariatric Coordinator

Ric Aguinaga

  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Marketing Coordinator

Texas Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics

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