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I am an anesthesiologist by training, and a medical school professor.  In my clinical duties, I saw how much obesity caused people health problems – joint replacement surgeries, diabetes requiring amputations and coronary bypass surgery, higher rates of many cancers…  Yet, it took a long time for me to change my own habits and lose the weight.

I’m reminded of this as I read a proposed article for one of our most prestigious journals. It shows that obese patients are much more likely to experience kidney failure after heart surgery.  In fact, in some parts of the country, life expectancy is going DOWN due to diabetes and obesity.

I believe the culprits include long commutes, lots of sitting and TV watching and screen time, fast food, stress, and lack of sleep.  In the coming month, we’ll be giving tips to get the new year started right!

I’ve now lost 137 lbs and have maintained that weight loss for 3 years with “yo-yoing” back up.  You can, too!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.


  1. Good morning Dr Ellis my name is Love I used to work at the University of Chicago in Surgery and I’m Having a hard time loosing weight. You look great…………

  2. Many thanks. I blog about things that have worked for me.

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