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Juaquito Jorge, MD, General Surgery, Elmwood Park, IL, Westlake Hospital


General Surgery Elmwood Park, IL

Bariatric Surgery, Burn, Minimally Invasive Surgery

General and Bariatric Surgeon

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  • I am a board certified general surgeon and fellowship trained bariatric surgeon with an accomplished, versatile and solid career history employing medical expertise within hospital and clinical settings. My particular aptitude is in bariatric, robotic, minimally invasive, general, and advanced endoscopy specializations. To date, I’ve completed fellowships and residencies with such noteworthy hospitals as Northwestern Memorial, Tampa General, and Cook County Hospitals.

    My professional foundation was in serving in the US Navy; through which I refined relationship management and cultural awareness skills. I possess additional qualifications in emergency response as a paramedic.

    I am an active researcher with a lengthy repertoire of publications, presentations, and ongoing projects. My current research focus in in metabolic surgery, virtual reality applications in surgery, and telemedicine.

    I am licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Florida and I am eager to employ my diverse skill set to aid healthcare organizations in need.

Education & Training

  • University of South Florida Morsani
    University of South Florida MorsaniFellowship, Advanced GI Minimally Invasive Surgery, 2017 - 2018
  • McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University
    McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern UniversityResidency, Surgery, 2015 - 2017
  • Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center
    Lincoln Medical and Mental Health CenterResidency, Surgery, 2013 - 2015
  • Cook County Health and Hospitals System
    Cook County Health and Hospitals SystemFellowship, Burn Surgery, 2011 - 2012
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at ChicagoResidency, Surgery, 2010 - 2011
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of MedicineInternship, Surgery, 2009 - 2010
  • Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
    Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of MedicineInternship, Transitional Year, 2009 - 2010
  • American University of Integrative Sciences, Sint Maarten School of Medicine
    American University of Integrative Sciences, Sint Maarten School of Medicine Class of 2009
  • University of Sint Eustatius
    University of Sint EustatiusM.S., Hyperbaric Medicine, 2009
  • University of Maryland University College
    University of Maryland University CollegeB.S., Psychology, 2005
  • American Ambulance Services
    American Ambulance ServicesNo degree, EMT - Paramedic, 2005

Certifications & Licensure

  • IL State Medical License
    IL State Medical License 2012 - 2026
  • FL State Medical License
    FL State Medical License 2017 - 2019
  • MI State Medical License
    MI State Medical License 2009 - 2010
  • American Board of Surgery Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Navy Unit Commendation, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Navy Rifle Expert Medal, Navy Pistol Expert U.S Navy, 1998
  • Medal, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Enlisted Aviation Specialist Insignia U.S Navy, 1998
  • Honors in Internal Medicine 2008
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis and graft versus host disease after hematopoietic and liver transplantation: A review  
    Jorge JM, Kowal-Vern A, Fung, HC, Poulakidas, SJ, International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 9/2018
  • Adenocarcinoma in the gastric remnant presenting as upper gastrointestinal bleeding 16 years after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass  
    Myers MW, Jorge JM, Nagle AP, ACS Case Reviews in Surgery 2018, 2018
  • Gastrosplenic fistula in the setting of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma being treated with maintenance chemotherapy  
    Slagle D, Jorge J, Nagle A, ACS Case Reviews in Surgery, 2017
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Books/Book Chapters


  • Removal of Eroded Adjustable Gastric Band – Endoscopic and Robotic Assisted Approaches
    Jorge JM, Golas A, Mooney A, Gonzalvo JP, Video Presentation at ASMBS Obesity Weekend, New York, NY, 6/16/2018
  • “BARF Syndrome:” Hiatal Hernias as a cause of bloating, abdominal pain, regurgitation or reflux and food intolerance in the post- bariatric surgical cohort
    Golas A, Black B, Al-Bahri S, Jorge J, Mooney A, Murr M, Gonzalvo JP, Presented at the Florida Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, Orlando, FL, 4/7/2018
  • ‘BARF syndrome’ and symptomatic hiatal hernias in the post- bariatric surgery patient
    Golas A, Jorge JM, Gonzalvo JP, Murr M, SAGES poster presentation, Seattle, WA, 4/2018
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  • Duodenal Switch - Does it still have a Role in Bariatric Surgery? 
    Surgery Grand Rounds, Dept of Surgery, Rush University Medical Center/John H. Stroger of Cook County - 11/2/2017
  • Current Bariatric Procedures and Post-operative Care 
    Surgical Nursing CME Conference, Department of Surgery, Tampa General Hospital - 10/16/2017
  • Intraoperative Ultrasound during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy: An Alternative to Cholangiography 
    Edelstone-Bendix Day, Department of Surgery, Northwestern Memorial Hospital - 6/9/2017
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  • The use of hyperbaric oxygen as an adjunct in the treatment of traumatic brain injuries (Master's Thesis) 
    Jorge JM, University of Saint Eustatius
    The Netherlands - 1/6/2009

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish

Hospital Affiliations