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Dennis Smith Jr., MD, General Surgery, Celebration, FL, AdventHealth Orlando


General Surgery Celebration, FL

Bariatric Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Medical Director, Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery, AdventHealth Celebration Hospital, Celebration, FL

Overview of Dr. Smith

Dr. Dennis C. Smith received his BS in Chemical Engineering at M.I.T., in Cambridge, MA and worked as a chemical engineer in the air separation industry for several years before going to medical school at Rutgers in New Jersey. He then did his general surgical residency at UAB in Birmingham, AL.

He has been involved in bariatric surgery since 1997, and has done laparoscopic bariatric surgery since 1998, including his first laparoscopic Duodenal Switch procedure in 1999. From 2000 to 2015 Dr. Smith served as the Medical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program for the WellStar Health System in Marietta, GA. In March, 2015 Dr. Smith joined the Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery and the Obesity and Metabolism Institute at AdventHealth Celebration Hospital in Celebration, FL.

Having been involved in the development and evolution of the laparoscopic technique of the Duodenal Switch, he continues to have a strong interest in metabolic bariatric surgery.

Dr. Smith performs all the major bariatric procedures done in the US, including the Sleeve Gastrectomy, the RNY Gastric Bypass, and the Duodenal Switch procedures. He also performs revisions of prior bariatric procedures. Dr. Smith will take on the care of patients who have had bariatric surgery elsewhere in the US.

Dr. Smith has served on various committees over the years with the ASMBS and SAGES, and now serves as a site surveyor for the MBSAQIP accreditation program.

Clinical Expertise

  • Nutrition, Morbid obesity, Obesity and obesity-related disorders, Laparoscopy, Minimally invasive surgery, Bariatric surgery, Robotic surgery

Education & Training

  • University of Alabama Medical Center
    University of Alabama Medical CenterChief Residency, Surgery, 1993 - 1994
  • University of Alabama Medical Center
    University of Alabama Medical CenterResidency, Surgery, 1989 - 1994
  • University of Alabama Medical Center
    University of Alabama Medical CenterInternship, Surgery, 1988 - 1989
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolClass of 1988
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBS, Chemical Engineering, 1977 - 1982

Certifications & Licensure

  • FL State Medical License
    FL State Medical License 2014 - 2025
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1982 - 2017
  • GA State Medical License
    GA State Medical License 1999 - 2015
  • AL State Medical License
    AL State Medical License 1989 - 2000
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Professional Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    Anthem Blue Access PPO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    BCBS Georgia Blue Choice HMO
    BCBS Georgia Blue Open Access POS
    BCBS Georgia BlueChoice Option POS
    BCBS Illinois PPO
    CIGNA Open Access
    First Health PPO
    Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    Multiplan PPO
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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