Donald T. Hess, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Gastrointestinal Surgery

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
BA, Williams College

Donald Hess, MD, FACS is currently an assistant professor of surgery at BUSM and the chief of the Section of Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC).

His clinical practice is devoted to minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He has tremendous surgical expertise in laparoscopic bariatric surgery (sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and gastric bypass) and revisional bariatric surgery. He also has an interest in minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, surgery for disease of the stomach and esophagus, intestinal surgery, single-site surgery, complex hernia surgery and general surgery.

He is a member of the Association of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has been recognized by Boston Magazine’s “Top Docs” issue for being “top” in his respective field four years in a row and was a 2013 recipient of the BUSM Evans Center Collaborator of the Year Award.

Hess is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, N.Y. He completed a residency in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at New England Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston. He joined BUSM after working for the U.S. Air Force as an assistant professor of surgery stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

Section Chief
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Gastrointestinal Surgery

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Study to Assess the Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacodynamics of SYNB8802 in Healthy Volunteers and in Patients with Enteric Hyperoxaluria
07/13/2021 - 07/13/2024 (PI)
Synlogic Operating Company. Inc

ETHICON Endo-Surgery Fellowship
07/01/2010 - 06/30/2011 (PI)
ETHICON Endo-Surgery, Inc


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  1. Nudel J, Kenzik KM, Rajendran I, Hofman M, Srinivasan J, Woodson J, Hess DT. A machine learning framework for optimizing obesity care by simulating clinical trajectories and targeted interventions. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2023 Nov; 31(11):2665-2675.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37840392
  2. Melvin J, Beesley H, Pernar LI, Richman A, Hess DT. Intern Experience Reflects Information Gathered During the Virtual Interview Process. J Surg Educ. 2023 Nov; 80(11):1544-1551.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37563002
  3. Chugh PV, Pernar LI, Hess DT. Our Efforts to Create a Welcoming Surgical Residency for LGBTQ Trainees. J Surg Educ. 2023 Nov; 80(11):1614-1617.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37455192
  4. Beaulieu-Jones BR, Rasic G, Howard DS, Sachs TE, Hess D, Cooper J, Meade S. An Interval Look at the Transplant Surgery Pipeline: Insights from General Surgery Residents' Operative Experience Using ACGME Operative Logs from 2000 to 2021. J Surg Educ. 2023 Apr; 80(4):511-519.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36509647
  5. Beesley H, Pernar L, Kettoola Y, Hess D. The Association Between Virtual Interviewing and Geographical Distribution of Matched Residency Programs for General Surgery Applicants. J Surg Educ. 2023 Feb; 80(2):194-199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36241484; PMCID: PMC9554332; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2022.09.018;
  6. Pernar LI, Aly S, Hess DT. We Should Be Asking New Questions in Research on Weight Loss Surgery for Racial Minority Patients. JAMA Surg. 2022 Oct 01; 157(10):907.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36044206; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2022.3727;
  7. Ju Z, Anderson W, Istfan N, Carmine B, Carter C, Pernar L, Marshall A, Hess DT. Comparison of weight loss outcomes between Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy in a racially mixed urban patient population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2022 Oct; 18(10):1218-1227.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35794035
  8. Pernar LI, Hess DT. Creating a Welcoming Surgery Residency Training Program for LGBTQ Trainees. Am Surg. 2022 Dec; 88(12):2796-2801.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35538707
  9. Stolarski AE, Alonso A, Aly S, Feeney T, Pereira F, Carter C, Hess D, Pernar LI, Carmine B, Drake FT. The impact of English proficiency on outcomes after bariatric surgery. Surg Endosc. 2022 Oct; 36(10):7385-7391.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35229210
  10. Aly S, Stolarski AE, Beresneva O, Carter CO, Pernar LI, Carmine B, Hess DT. Rogue Staples: a Culprit in Post-operative Small Bowel Obstruction. Obes Surg. 2022 04; 32(4):1394-1396.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35094197
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