Vivek N. Prachand, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Vivek Prachand, MD, is an expert in minimally invasive abdominal surgery. He is skilled at the most advanced laparoscopic procedures, and performs more than 200 laparoscopic abdominal surgeries each year. One of his special interests is minimally invasive obesity surgery. In addition to performing the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures, he was the first surgeon in the Midwest to perform a totally laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Dr. Prachand is one of a handful of surgeons worldwide who regularly performs the laparoscopic duodenal switch for super-obese (body mass index greater than 50) and super-super-obese patients (body mass index greater than 60). He has performed this complex procedure in more than 300 patients.
Another area of Dr. Prachand's expertise is in the application of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas and small intestine. This includes procedures such as esophagectomy, total and subtotal gastrectomy, distal pancreatectomy, and partial small bowel and colon resections.
His other clinical interests include minimally invasive surgical treatment for disorders of the spleen (including massive splenomegaly), esophagus (hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, paraesophageal hernia, and achalasia), stomach (peptic ulcer disease, benign and malignant tumors), pancreas (pseudocysts, benign and malignant tumors), adrenal glands and abdominal wall hernias.
Dr. Prachand is an approved surgeon in the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery's Centers of Excellence program. He also serves as an instructor and proctor for advanced bariatric surgery training programs.
Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
University of Chicago Physicians at Matteson
Year Started Practice
Northwestern University Medical School
Internship and Residency
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, Scotland
American College of Surgeons
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At almost 400 pounds, celebrity chef Graham Elliot's health concerns were serious and escalating. With careful consideration for the impact on Elliot's culinary career, Dr. Prachand recommended sleeve gastrectomy as the best surgical option for him. Just months after surgery, Elliot is 130 pounds lighter with a radically healthier outlook.
Dr. Prachand implanted the first Diaphragm Pacing System at the University of Chicago Medicine in a patient with ALS. Recently approved for use in ALS patients with inadequate breathing, the device sends electrical signals to the diaphragm. Learn more.
Dr. Prachand works with a multidisciplinary team of experts in the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity.
View a video interview of Dr. Prachand talking about the Center for the Surgical Treatment of Obesity.
The University of Chicago Medicine's Science Life blog featured Dr. Prachand in a series of brief videos discussing bariatric weight-loss surgery and why the medical center is the region's leader for these types of procedures.
View a partial list of Dr. Prachand's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.