Established since 2004 and located in El Paso, TX. Praise and awards are secondary to the satisfaction of our patients. Rio Grande Surgeons P.A. provides comprehensive state-of-the art diagnostic and minimally invasive surgical services for all gastrointestinal and surgical disorders. With greater than 25 years experience, Dr. Lara has established a reputation of delivering safe patient care and specializes in the latest, minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Dr. Michael David Lara is a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, who specializes in Bariatric Weight-Loss surgery. Dr. Lara was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He was one of the first fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons in El Paso, Texas as well as one of the first to perform single-site incision DaVinci robotic surgery in the region. Dr. Lara is the Director and Founder of the Hospitals of Providence Surgical Weight Loss Center and Co-Medical Director for the Del Sol Bariatric Center. A graduate of Ysleta High School. Dr. Lara received his undergraduate degree from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He then received his medical degree from University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas before completing his residency in General Surgery at Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso. After the completion of his residency in 2003, he underwent additional training. Dr. Lara completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery from the Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Dr. Lara is a Designated "Center of Excellence Surgeon". Dr. Lara is a member of the American College of Surgeons; the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons; the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; the Texas Medical Association and the Southwest Association of Hispanic American Physicians. Dr. Lara serves on the Surgical Advisory Council. He has been a recipient of multiple honors and awards, including the 2013 Doctor of the Year Award from Del Sol Medical Center. He has also received Healthgrades award for top 5% performance in General Surgery nationally. His areas of clinical interest are BariatricWeight Loss surgery, anti-reflux surgery, gallbladder surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, colorectal surgery and repair of different types of anatomical hernias. Dr. Lara's true passion is all types of Minimally Invasive Surgery via Laparoscopy.