Originally from India, Jayaraj Salimath, DO, FACOS, FASMBS, started his medical career there through nursing, giving him a unique background as a physician.
"My favorite part of practicing medicine is connecting with people in need and providing them comfort and alleviating their fears and anxieties," he says. "I always educate my patients about their condition, because the lack of knowledge is what creates the fear. I want to make sure that before they leave my office, they are 100% sure of what is going on with them."
Dr. Salimath completed his advanced GI minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Fla., and his general surgery residency at the Ingham Regional Medical Center in Landing, Mich. He received his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Wyoming, Mich.
Dr. Salimath provides a full range of general surgery needs, but specializes in bariatric surgery and has special interest in reflux management. He was the first surgeon in the area to place a LINX device (laparoscopic magnetic sphincter augmentation), a small implant that stops reflux and allows the patient to eat normally, within one year of the FDA approving the procedure. He was also one of the first local surgeons to perform a sleeve gastrectomy and helped to get the procedure covered by insurance.