Dan Elison Azagury, MD

Bariatric surgeon, General surgeon, Minimally invasive surgeon

Assistant Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Azagury specializes in minimally invasive surgery, digestive surgery, bariatric surgery and general surgery. He was recently recruited back to Stanford to join the minimally invasive and bariatric surgery faculty. He had previously completed a fellowship in Medical Innovation at Stanford Biodesign and had become responsible for bariatric surgery at Geneva University Hospital in Switzerland.

Dr. Azagury was trained both in Europe and the United States and is board certified in surgery in Switzerland, his home country. After completing his residency, he undertook a research fellowship focusing on novel minimally invasive techniques at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He continued his time at the same institution and completed a clinical fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. Thriving to innovate in patient care, he pursued further training at Stanford University where he was the 2011-2012 Grube Biodesign fellow.

Dr. Azagury combines his clinical experience and his passion for innovation to focus on reducing the impact of surgical procedures on patients. He thrives in multidisciplinary collaborations and is always interested in surgical teaching and mentoring. He is a faculty member and teaches in multiple medical innovation programs across Europe.

He is the father of two and is fluent in French and Spanish.

Bariatric Surgery Clinic

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • Palo Alto, CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-736-5800
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Professional Education

Fellowship: Stanford University (2012) CA

Fellowship: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2011) MA

Fellowship: Geneve Univeristy Medical School (2009) Switzerland

Residency: Geneve Univeristy Medical School (2009) Switzerland

Internship: Hopital de Morges (2002) Switzerland

Medical Education: Geneve Univeristy Medical School (2001) Switzerland

Fellowship, Stanford University Biodesign Program, Medtech Innovation (2012)

Fellowship, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery (2011)

Research Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Developmental Endoscopy (2010)

Board Certification: General Surgery, Swiss Medical Federation (FMH), (2008)

Board Certification, Swiss Federal Medical Society, General Surgery (2008)

Residency, Geneva University Hospital, Surgery (2007)

MD, Geneva University School of Medicine, Medicine (2001)

Honors & Awards

Post Medical Diploma Research Grant Award., Arditi Foundation prize (2001)

Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

Robotic single-site cholecystectomy
Morel, P., Buchs, N. C., Iranmanesh, P., Pugin, F., Buehler, L., & Hagen, M. E. (2014). Robotic single-site cholecystectomy. JOURNAL OF HEPATO-BILIARY-PANCREATIC SCIENCES, 21(1), 18-25.

Patient safety and surgical innovation-complementary or mutually exclusive?
Azagury, D. E. (2014). Patient safety and surgical innovation-complementary or mutually exclusive?. Patient safety in surgery, 8(1), 17-?.

Robotic distal pancreatectomy: a valid option?
Jung, M. K., Buchs, N. C., Azagury, D. E., Hagen, M. E., & Morel, P. (2013). Robotic distal pancreatectomy: a valid option?. MINERVA CHIRURGICA, 68(5), 489-497.

Real-time near-infrared fluorescent cholangiography could shorten operative time during robotic single-site cholecystectomy
Buchs, N. C., Pugin, F., Azagury, D. E., Jung, M., Volonte, F., & Morel, P. (2013). Real-time near-infrared fluorescent cholangiography could shorten operative time during robotic single-site cholecystectomy. SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, 27(10), 3897-3901.

Resection or reduction? The dilemma of managing retrograde intussusception after Roux-en-Upsilon gastric bypass
Varban, O., Ardestani, A., Azagury, D., Lautz, D. B., Vernon, A. H., & Tavakkoli, A. (2013). Resection or reduction? The dilemma of managing retrograde intussusception after Roux-en-Upsilon gastric bypass. SURGERY FOR OBESITY AND RELATED DISEASES, 9(5), 725-730.

Contemporary Management of Adult Intussusception: Who Needs a Resection?
Varban, O. A., Ardestani, A., Azagury, D. E., Kis, B., Brooks, D. C., & Tavakkoli, A. (2013). Contemporary Management of Adult Intussusception: Who Needs a Resection?. WORLD JOURNAL OF SURGERY, 37(8), 1872-1877.

[Robotic general surgery: where do we stand in 2013?].
Buchs, N. C., Pugin, F., Ris, F., Jung, M., Hagen, M. E., & Morel, P. (2013). [Robotic general surgery: where do we stand in 2013?]. Revue médicale suisse, 9(391), 1317-1322.

[Medical technology innovation: why get involved and how?].
Azagury, D. E., Buchs, N. C., Volonté, F., & Morel, P. (2013). [Medical technology innovation: why get involved and how?]. Revue médicale suisse, 9(391), 1323-1326.

Robotic revisional bariatric surgery: a comparative study with laparoscopic and open surgery.
Buchs, N. C., Pugin, F., Azagury, D. E., Huber, O., Chassot, G., & Morel, P. (2013). Robotic revisional bariatric surgery: a comparative study with laparoscopic and open surgery. The international journal of medical robotics + computer assisted surgery : MRCAS.

Does laparoscopic gastric banding create hiatal hernias?
Azagury, D. E., Varban, O., Tavakkolizadeh, A., Robinson, M. K., Vernon, A. H., & Lautz, D. B. (2013). Does laparoscopic gastric banding create hiatal hernias?. SURGERY FOR OBESITY AND RELATED DISEASES, 9(1), 48-54.

Establishing a reproducible large animal survival model of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
Escareno, C. E., Azagury, D. E., Flint, R. S., Nedder, A., Thompson, C. C., & Lautz, D. B. (2012). Establishing a reproducible large animal survival model of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. SURGERY FOR OBESITY AND RELATED DISEASES, 8(6), 764-769.

Real-time computed tomography-based augmented reality for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery navigation.
Azagury, D. E., Ryou, M., Shaikh, S. N., San José Estépar, R., Lengyel, B. I., & Thompson, C. C. (2012). Real-time computed tomography-based augmented reality for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery navigation. British journal of surgery, 99(9), 1246-1253.

Magnetic pancreaticobiliary stents and retrieval system: obviating the need for repeat endoscopy (with video)
Ryou, M., Cantillon-Murphy, P., Shaikh, S. N., Azagury, D., Ryan, M. B., & Thompson, C. C. (2012). Magnetic pancreaticobiliary stents and retrieval system: obviating the need for repeat endoscopy (with video). GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY, 75(4), 888-892.

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy after a quarter century: why do we still convert?
Lengyel, B. I., Azagury, D., Varban, O., Panizales, M. T., Steinberg, J., & Tavakkolizadeh, A. (2012). Laparoscopic cholecystectomy after a quarter century: why do we still convert?. SURGICAL ENDOSCOPY AND OTHER INTERVENTIONAL TECHNIQUES, 26(2), 508-513.

Marginal ulceration after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: characteristics, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes
Azagury, D. E., Abu Dayyeh, B. K., Greenwalt, I. T., & Thompson, C. C. (2011). Marginal ulceration after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery: characteristics, risk factors, treatment, and outcomes. ENDOSCOPY, 43(11), 950-954.

An implantable wireless biosensor for the immediate detection of upper GI bleeding: a new fluorescein-based tool for diagnosis and surveillance (with video).
Ryou, M., Nemiroski, A., Azagury, D., Shaikh, S. N., Ryan, M. B., & Thompson, C. C. (2011). An implantable wireless biosensor for the immediate detection of upper GI bleeding: a new fluorescein-based tool for diagnosis and surveillance (with video). Gastrointestinal endoscopy, 74(1), 189-194 e1.

Obesity overview: epidemiology, health and financial impact, and guidelines for qualification for surgical therapy.
Azagury, D. E., & Lautz, D. B. (2011). Obesity overview: epidemiology, health and financial impact, and guidelines for qualification for surgical therapy. Gastrointestinal endoscopy clinics of North America, 21(2), 189-201.

Smart Self-Assembling MagnetS for ENdoscopy (SAMSEN) for transoral endoscopic creation of immediate gastrojejunostomy
Ryou, M., Cantillon-Murphy, P., Azagury, D., Shaikh, S. N., Ha, G., & Thompson, C. C. (2011). Smart Self-Assembling MagnetS for ENdoscopy (SAMSEN) for transoral endoscopic creation of immediate gastrojejunostomy. GASTROINTESTINAL ENDOSCOPY, 73(2), 353-359.

Comment on: Effect of staple height on gastrojejunostomy during laparoscopic gastric bypass: a multicenter prospective randomized trial
Azagury, D. E., & Lautz, D. B. (2010). Comment on: Effect of staple height on gastrojejunostomy during laparoscopic gastric bypass: a multicenter prospective randomized trial. SURGERY FOR OBESITY AND RELATED DISEASES, 6(5), 482-484.

A Magnetic Retrieval System for Stents in the Pancreaticobiliary Tree
Cantillon-Murphy, P., Ryou, M., Shaikh, S. N., Azagury, D., Ryan, M., & Lang, J. H. (2010). A Magnetic Retrieval System for Stents in the Pancreaticobiliary Tree. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, 57(8), 2018-2025.

Management of acute gastrothorax with respiratory distress: insertion of nasogastric tube as a life saving procedure
Azagury, D. E., Karenovics, W., Staehli, D. M., Mathis, J., & Schneider, R. (2008). Management of acute gastrothorax with respiratory distress: insertion of nasogastric tube as a life saving procedure. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 15(6), 357-358.

Isolated alveolar echinococcosis of the spleen - clinical presentation and management review
Karenovics, W., Azagury, D. E., & Groebli, Y. (2008). Isolated alveolar echinococcosis of the spleen - clinical presentation and management review. SWISS MEDICAL WEEKLY, 138(45-46), 689-690.

Bouveret's syndrome: Management and strategy of a rare cause of gastric outlet obstruction
Buchs, N. C., Azagury, D., Chilcott, M., Nguyen-Tang, T., Dumonceau, J.-M., & Morel, P. (2007). Bouveret's syndrome: Management and strategy of a rare cause of gastric outlet obstruction. DIGESTION, 75(1), 17-19.

Preoperative work-up in asymptomatic patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: Is endoscopy mandatory?
Azagury, D., Dumonceau, J. M., Morel, P., Chassot, G., & Huber, O. (2006). Preoperative work-up in asymptomatic patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass: Is endoscopy mandatory?. OBESITY SURGERY, 16(10), 1304-1311.

Reflux, dysphagia, and gas bloat after laparoscopic fundoplication in patients with incidentally discovered hiatal hernia and in a control group
Triponez, F., Dumonceau, J. M., Azagury, D., Volonte, F., Slim, K., & Morel, P. (2005). Reflux, dysphagia, and gas bloat after laparoscopic fundoplication in patients with incidentally discovered hiatal hernia and in a control group. SURGERY, 137(2), 235-242.

[Intestinal barotrauma after diving--mechanical ileus in incarceration of the last loop of the small intestine between a mobile cecum and sigmoid].
Haller, C., Guenot, C., Azagury, D., & Rosso, R. (2003). [Intestinal barotrauma after diving--mechanical ileus in incarceration of the last loop of the small intestine between a mobile cecum and sigmoid]. Swiss surgery = Schweizer Chirurgie = Chirurgie suisse = Chirurgia svizzera, 9(4), 181-183.