DR. ELMER VALIN graduated from the University of Hawaii and earned his medical degree from the University of the East in the Philippines. He completed his residencies in internal medicine and general surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael. He is the only Connecticut bariatric surgeon who is also board-certified in the subspecialty of obesity medicine. He has performed more than 2,500 bariatric procedures. He was among the first in Connecticut to do the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and the first in Connecticut to perform the laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band) and the laparoscopic vertical banded gastroplasty (Lap VBG). Presently Dr. Valin’s interests include single-incision laparascopic surgery (SILS) and laparoscopic da Vinci Robot-assisted bariatric and general surgery procedures. “Obesity is a chronic disease, much like hypertension and diabetes,” says Dr. Valin. “Surgery is only a small portion of the overall treatment of the disease. Surgical and medical management combined is where the real results are.” Hormonal changes occur after surgery that produce weight loss and help reduce risk of obesity-related illnesses.