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Honor Health Bariatric Surgeons

Robin Blackstone, MD

Medical Director and Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Robin Blackstone is one of the few women surgeons in the world specializing in laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery. She is from a fourth-generation Arizona family and grew up in Grand Canyon National Park. She received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona and her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, in 1988. Dr. Blackstone completed her general surgery residency in 1993 at the University of Colorado, specializing in advanced laparoscopic surgery.

In 1996, Dr. Blackstone established her private practice in Scottsdale, specializing in advanced laparoscopic general surgery and surgical oncology.

Dr. Blackstone became interested in gastric bypass surgery after a close family member had the surgery in 1999. Fascinated by a very successful and obviously life-changing outcome, she established a medical model for obesity treatment that spans the continuum of disease and includes medical and surgical weight loss.

Dr. Blackstone is a founding board member of the Obesity Action Coalition, and she is an outspoken advocate of outcome-based medical practice. She is a past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Jason Reynoso, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

A graduate of Arizona State University, Dr. Jason Reynoso earned his doctor of medicine degree from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Neb. Dr. Reynoso then served progressively as intern, resident and chief resident of general surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. While there, he was honored with the General Surgery Residency Program's Wendell B. Whitacre, MD, Outstanding Chief Resident Award.

Following his residency, Dr. Reynoso completed a fellowship in advanced minimally invasive surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Prior to joining the Honor Health Bariatric Center, Dr. Reynoso held appointments as a clinical attending general surgeon at the VA Medical Center in Omaha and research associate at the Center for Advanced Surgical Technology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Dr. Reynoso has written numerous articles in professional medical journals, including "Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases" and "Annals of Surgery." He also has presented at an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery annual meeting, as well as several other surgical conferences.

Dr. Reynoso is a resident member of the American College of Surgeons and a candidate member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

James Swain, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

After graduating from Wichita State University, Dr. James Swain received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He then completed his residency in general surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, where he was awarded the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons' Laparoendoscopic Resident Achievement Award. Following his residency, Dr. Swain completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Prior to joining the Honor Health Bariatric Center, he served as director of bariatric surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and assistant professor of surgery at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, his areas of specialty include minimally invasive surgery, bariatric surgery, anti-reflux and general surgery. Dr. Swain has presented at numerous national and international meetings and has been published in multiple professional medical journals.

He serves on several editorial boards, including the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and the Journal of Laparoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques. Dr. Swain also is a professional member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

For information about bariatric surgery, call 480-882-7460, or attend a free bariatric weight-loss surgery seminar.