In 1990, the surgeons began performing advanced laparoscopic procedures. They were the first in Miami to perform various types of bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass in 1996, placement of laparoscopic bands in 2000, and, since 2005, have performed and modified the technique of the Vertical Gastric Sleeve. Also in 1990, the surgeons pioneered laparoscopic colostomies, a procedure where part of the colon is removed, and have since advanced and championed this procedure around the world.

Additionally, the group pioneered the use of biologic mesh for the repair of hiatal hernias to treat severe acid reflux disease in 2000. The surgeons were also some of the first to use microlaparoscopy, a  surgery technique utilizing tiny instruments measuring two or three millimeters in size.

Together, the surgical group has written two books, many articles and book chapters; taught thousands of surgeons; and patented instruments for use in laparoscopic surgery. Throughout their careers, they have taught and operated in countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South and Central America and even as far away as New Zealand. They have been made honorary members of many surgical societies around the world.

Headshot of Moises Jacobs, MD, FACS

Moises Jacobs, MD, FACS, is the Medical Director of the Gastric Sleeve Center at Jackson South. He graduated from the University of Miami Medical School in 1979 and finished his general surgery residency at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1984.

Dr Jacobs is world renowned as a pioneer in laparoscopy and has taught and mentored hundreds of surgeons throughout the world.

1991 – Began performing hiatal hernia and anti/reflux repairs
1994 – Began performing gastric bypass
2005 – Performed first gastric sleeve procedure
2005 – Began performing revisional bariatric surgery

Dr. Jacobs has been named honorary member of many surgical societies throughout the world, and has received several awards for his distinguished and pioneering role in laparoscopic surgery. He has been performing advanced laparoscopic procedures since 1990 and is credited with accomplishing the first laparoscopic colectomy in 1990.

Dr. Jacobs has published articles and chapters on gastric sleeve procedures and has participated in several International Sleeve Consensus conferences. In addition, he has published two textbooks and has been awarded several U.S. patents for his innovative surgical instruments.

Most recently, Dr. Jacobs has patented and published a new reversible bariatric clip which mimics the gastric sleeve, but requires no stapling or removal of the stomach. Currently, it is approved in Europe and various countries throughout the world.

Headshot of Eddie Gomez, MD, FACS

Eddie Gomez, MD, FACS, FASMBS, graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in 1999, finished his surgery residency in 2000 at Sound Shore Medical Center/New York Medical College and completed a laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery fellowship in 2001.

Dr. Gomez joined the Gastric Sleeve Center at Jackson South following his fellowship and has been performing gastric sleeve, bypass, banding and advanced colorectal and general surgery ever since. He is a voluntary clinical assistant professor at Florida International University and teaches rotating medical students at Jackson South Medical Center.

In addition to performing, improving and teaching gastric sleeve surgeries, Dr. Gomez has perfected the non-operative treatment of leaks with placement of endoluminal stents and endoscopic suturing techniques.

Dr. Gomez specializes in laparoscopic general, bariatric, colorectal, gastric sleeve and revisional bariatric surgery. He also specializes in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of hiatal hernia, as well as biliary and antireflux procedures. In addition, he performs endoscopic minimally invasive procedures, including endoscopic revisions of failed gastric bypass and endoscopic treatment of acid reflux and obesity.

Headshot of Irving Miranda, MD

Irving Miranda, MD, graduated from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, completed his post-graduate training at Rutgers University, and completed his fellowship in Minimally Invasive/Robotic and Bariatric Surgery at Jackson South Medical Center. As Associate Director of Bariatric and General Surgery at Jackson South, Dr. Miranda’s practice specialties include gastric sleeve surgery, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, revisional bariatric surgery, endoscopic gastric balloon placement, antirefluxsurgery, hiatal hernia repair, and advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Miranda is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

Headshot of Roderick Romero, MD

Roderick Romero, MD, FACS, graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School, where he also completed his surgical residency in 2010. He then completed a one-year fellowship in minimally invasive general surgery with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Gomez. Specializing in bariatric, laparoscopic, endoscopic, and robotic procedures.

Dr. Romero joined the Gastric Sleeve Center at Jackson South where he has continued to perform various minimally invasive general surgery procedures, including sleeve gastrectomy for weight loss, as well as advanced colorectal, hernia, biliary, and anti-reflux operations.