Dr. Roger Eduardo
Practices at these locations: Newnan and Stockbridge
Wearing his board shorts and a T-shirt, Dr. Roger Eduardo didn’t look like the stereotypical surgeon while growing up on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago. His laid-back personality is just one of the many reasons that his patients flock to him. With his down-to-earth attitude, his patients receive more than solutions to their weight loss struggles, but also a confidant who will be with them every step of the way through their weight loss journey.
Dr. Eduardo is the newest bariatric surgeon on the Beltline Bariatric team, having joined in September 2019. Like the rest of Beltline Bariatric’s team, Dr. Eduardo is committed to helping patients find weight loss solutions that are safe, effective and meant for the long term. Dr. Eduardo’s non-traditional background, stellar medical education and surgical training, as well as his approachable demeanor make him a favorite among his patients.
Non – Traditional Surgeon Roots
Dr. Eduardo grew up in Trinidad and Tobago with beach roots, spending his free time on the ocean, fishing and diving. But despite already living in this idyllic beach setting, Dr. Eduardo wanted more. He saw that there was a desperate need for medical professionals, not only within his community, but around the world. However, no one in his family had ever even gone to college. It wasn’t a common rite of passage in Trinidad like it is in other cultures. Education was more of an afterthought and reserved for the wealthy.
However, it was Dr. Eduardo’s grandfather who helped him dream of a future outside of Trinidad and paved his way toward medicine. His grandfather was a self-proclaimed “doctor” within his community. With his own personal library of medical books, he would often go to his doctor appointments only to discuss his own diagnosis. His grandfather’s fascination with the human body and its inner workings was contagious and rubbed off on a young Dr. Eduardo. He began to seek out every morsel of information he could get about human anatomy and biology from his high school teachers and his grandfather’s books. But it wasn’t enough. He decided to pursue a degree in biology after high school.
Applying to college wasn’t easy. With no family or friends who had gone to college, and without guidance counselors there to guide him, he had to navigate SAT testing and the college admissions process alone. But it paid off – Dr. Eduardo was accepted to Yale University where he pursued a degree in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.
Moving to the Cold Northeast
During his time at Yale, Dr. Eduardo’s focus in the medical field shifted from an appreciation and fascination about biology to wanting to be proactive and to fix biological problems. After watching his grandfather lose his battle against metastatic cancer, Dr. Eduardo knew he needed to have the ability to be able to intervene during moments like this, and to aid people who were suffering. He no longer wanted to be a bystander and applied for medical school.
Heading Down South
Dr. Eduardo attended Emory University School of Medicine. Throughout medical school, he changed his focus multiple times, always fascinated by the newest rotation, and set of medical problems. Somewhere along the path, he “lost his way,” as he puts it, and ended up specializing in surgery. It was after finishing a grueling 24-hour-long rotation at Grady Hospital, that Dr. Eduardo realized he was leaving his shift with a smile on his face, and knew surgery was to be his calling. He found that he left each surgery shift proud of the work he had accomplished and excited to come back and do it again. For him, this was an exciting form of instant gratification. With surgery, he could transform the lives of patients within hours and cure illnesses within days.
Throughout it all though, he still feels like a surfer boy from Trinidad. He remains humble in his medical accomplishments and talking to him, you might even forget that he is a highly trained surgeon. He notes that his biggest accomplishment is by far becoming a father, and he hopes to one day win the prized trophy of a “Best Dad Ever” mug.
Specializing in Bariatrics
At first, you could say, Dr. Eduardo wasn’t a staunch believer in weight loss surgery. Like most people in the world, he was originally misinformed and believed the common misconception that chronic obesity was a choice. He believed the older generations of doctors who said “Eat less, Exercise more” was the cure. However, after getting to know a few bariatric patients and thereafter, digging deeper into the research – it became evident to him how much of obesity was truly a medical disease. And not just any disease, but THE disease that ends up leading to so many other chronic and life altering diseases. He realized that by curing obesity, he would actually be helping to CURE people of their diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, sleep apnea and a host of other medical problems that stem from the underlying obesity.
He pursued a bariatric fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida and expanded his expertise in advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgery, including sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, bariatric revisional surgery, acid reflux surgery, hernia repairs, as well as advanced endoscopy. Dr. Eduardo is board certified in general surgery and holds an active medical license in Georgia.
Dr. Eduardo continues to try to educate the public about obesity and about surgical weight loss. He is currently working on a book with a fellow psychiatrist that delves into the relationship individuals have developed with food since their infancy, and how it affects their lives and their health.
Outside of the Hospital
When he’s not performing surgery or meeting with patients, Dr. Eduardo is most often just spending time with his growing family. His three biggest passions are fishing (when asked what kind – he’ll say “freshwater, saltwater, fly fishing, I’ll take whatever I can get”), carpentry (much to his wife’s chagrin – a surgeon working with saws and power tools doesn’t seem too safe to her) and cooking (especially smoking and barbecuing). And lastly, planning his eventual return to the beach.
If you are considering bariatric surgery, please contact us today to meet with Dr. Eduardo.