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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 700 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 RioSurgical Weight Loss, 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 is also a board member with the American Diabetes Association of San Antonio.

Joel A. Rodriguez, M.D.     |     highly trained & experienced surgeon