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Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Associate Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Surgery
Department of Medicine
General / GI Surgery
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Phone: 617-732-6337

Research Narrative:

Ali Tavakkoli is a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is the co-director of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery as well as the director of Minimally Invasive Surgery fellowship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He received his medical degree from The London Hospital Medical College in England and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) before moving to Boston and finishing his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and subsequently completing the Harvard Advanced Minimally Invasive fellowship in 2006. 

Dr. Tavakkoli leads an active NIH-funded research group that focuses on identifying novel approaches to modulate intestinal nutrient transport to treat obesity and diabetes.  He has received research grants from the Harvard Catalyst, Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, as well as Harvard Nutrition Obesity Research Center. His current work is funded by the NIH and studies the mechanisms of diabetes resolution after gastric bypass surgery, focusing in the role of intestinal nutrient sensing.  His group's goals are to develop less invasive alternatives to surgery that can replicate the metabolic benefits of surgery without the risks.

He has a strong interest in surgical innovation and has created ITEAM (Innovative Technology and Engineering for Advancement of Medicine), a collaborative team of engineers, student, and physicians who focus on developing novel devices. He is an active member of many professional societies and an associate editor for the journal of "Digestive Disease and Sciences” and “Annals of Surgical Innovation and Research”


The London Hospital Medical College, MD

2013 Young Faculty Mentorship Award

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Pernar LIM, Robertson FC, Tavakkoli A, Sheu EG, Brooks DC, Smink DS. An appraisal of the learning curve in robotic general surgery. Surg Endosc. 2017 Apr 14.

2. Boulenouar S, Michelet X, Duquette D, Alvarez D, Hogan AE, Dold C, O'Connor D, Stutte S, Tavakkoli A, Winters D, Exley MA, O'Shea D, Brenner MB, von Andrian U, Lynch L. Adipose Type One Innate Lymphoid Cells Regulate Macrophage Homeostasis through Targeted Cytotoxicity. Immunity. 2017 Feb 21; 46(2):273-286.

3. Schulman AR, Tavakkoli A, Thompson CC, Miller AL, Loscalzo J. Making the Connection. N Engl J Med. 2017 02 02; 376(5):476-482.

4. Schulman AR, Vaidya A, Tavakkoli A, Jajoo K, Ryou M. Making the Connection. N Engl J Med. 2017 01 26; 376(4):e5.

5. Pal A, Rhoads DB, Tavakkoli A. Effect of Portal Glucose Sensing on Systemic Glucose Levels in SD and ZDF Rats. PLoS One. 2016; 11(11):e0165592.

6. Pernar LI, Lockridge R, McCormack C, Chen J, Shikora SA, Spector D, Tavakkoli A, Vernon AH, Robinson MK. An Effort to Develop an Algorithm to Target Abdominal CT Scans for Patients After Gastric Bypass. Obes Surg. 2016 Oct; 26(10):2543-6.

7. Harris DA, Tavakkoli A. Is Early Bariatric Surgery the Answer for Diabetes in Obesity? JAMA Surg. 2016 Sep 01; 151(9):806.

8. Abdolmohammadi J, Shafiee M, Faeghi F, Arefan D, Zali A, Motiei-Langroudi R, Farshidfar Z, Nazarlou AK, Tavakkoli A, Yarham M. Determination of intra-axial brain tumors cellularity through the analysis of T2 Relaxation time of brain tumors before surgery using MATLAB software. Electron Physician. 2016 Aug; 8(8):2726-2732.

9. Cisterna BA, Kamaly N, Choi WI, Tavakkoli A, Farokhzad OC, Vilos C. Targeted nanoparticles for colorectal cancer. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2016 Sep; 11(18):2443-56.

10. Pernar LI, Pernar CH, Dieffenbach BV, Brooks DC, Smink DS, Tavakkoli A. What is the BMI threshold for open ventral hernia repair? Surg Endosc. 2017 Mar; 31(3):1311-1317.