Advanced Bariatric Surgery and Medical Weight Loss

Empowering You to Make A Change

Reconstructive Surgery

Delivering exceptional results with a focus on your well-being

What is weight loss surgery?

Also known as “bariatric” or “metabolic” surgery, weight loss surgery is a proven treatment for obesity. It is the only treatment that has been shown to result in long term weight loss and resolution of obesity-related medical conditions.

Why choose UofL Health – Advanced Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss?

Advanced and Effective Treatment

At UofL Health – Advanced Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss, we offer the latest and most effective treatments for obesity. We offer five advanced surgical options, as well as advanced endoscopic (non-surgical) procedures.

Convenient Care

With our virtual platforms, most of your evaluation process can be completed from your home, at your convenience, minimizing your time away from work and family.

Expedited Recovery

All procedures are done in a minimally invasive fashion. Our accelerated recovery protocols limit your time in the hospital and get you back to life sooner.

Commitment to YOU

We are committed to your success. We provide comprehensive, LIFELONG follow-up care to support you and your health. We will be with you on every step of your journey.

Individual Care

Our compassionate multidisciplinary team will tailor treatment options to you, your health conditions, and your goals.

Will I benefit from bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery may be right for you if your weight interferes with the quality of your life. Specifically, bariatric surgery has been shown to have the following health benefits:

Improvement in overall health, fitness, energy level, mobility and longevity

Significant improvement in Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease

Decreased risk of certain cancers

Increased fertility

Weight optimization prior to undergoing surgery for a separate medical condition (such as hernia surgery or joint surgery)

Ability to wean weight loss medications

Treatment of weight recurrence after an initial bariatric procedure

Am I a Candidate?

Insurance companies generally consider coverage for bariatric surgery if one of the following conditions are met:

BMI is 40 or more

BMI is 35-40, with a major health complication such as:


Cardiovascular disease including high blood pressure, high cholesterol or significant heart disease

Debilitating joint pain

Sleep apnea

Uncontrolled GERD or acid reflux

You are having a complication or adverse side effect from a prior bariatric surgery

Calculate your BMI to see if you qualify

Weight loss surgery options

UofL Physicians Advanced Bariatric Surgery offers a full range of the most advanced and effective weight loss surgery options at UofL Hospital, including the following:

It is important to weigh the risks and benefits of each procedure. You and your provider will discuss your medical history and individual goals to decide which surgery is right for you.

What is the process to have bariatric surgery?

Step One:

Make the decision to change your life. Click “Request an Appointment” to schedule an evaluation.

Step Two:

Attend a virtual consultation with your surgeon to individualize your treatment plan and receive your personalized next steps.

Step Three:

Complete your Pre-Surgery Checklist

Step Four:

Schedule your Surgery! You will have a second virtual consultation with your surgeon to review your pre-surgery checklist, finalize your surgery choice and discuss details of your upcoming surgery. Once your prior authorization is approved by your insurance company (average 2 weeks) you will get a surgery date!

Meet Our Providers

Dr. Elizabeth Bruenderman

is a bariatric and general surgeon with UofL Health – Advanced Bariatric Surgery and Weight Loss and serves as medical director of the program. Dr. Bruenderman is a native of Louisville and feels incredibly fortunate to practice in her hometown and give back to her community. She completed medical school, internship and residency at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, then received further training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery through fellowship at Duke University. She returned to Louisville in 2023 to join the UofL School of Medicine, Department of Surgery as an assistant professor and a bariatric and general surgeon with UofL Health.

Dr. Nanlong “Nathan” Liu

is a gastroenterologist with UofL Health and specializes in endoscopic procedures for weight loss, including endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty. He is an assistant professor in the UofL School of Medicine, Department of Medicine. He received undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from Emory University. His medical training was received at the Medical College of Georgia. This was followed by residency training in internal medicine at the University of Louisville. Dr. Liu then earned fellowships in gastroenterology from the University of Louisville and advanced endoscopy and third space endoscopy from the University of Florida.

Patient resources:

How to find us/contact info:

UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center
401 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 710
Louisville, KY 40202
502-583-8303         Parking info

Pre-surgery appointments take place in the UofL Physicians – General Surgery practice, located in the UofL Health – Chestnut Street Outpatient Center, which connects to UofL Hospital. Most surgeries will take place at UofL Hospital, which is getting a brand new facelift with the addition of a West Tower, scheduled to open in 2025.

Clinician resources

Referral information: To refer a patient, call 502-583-8303 or refer using EPIC ID: HCOC GENERAL SURGERY.