Dr. Carlos Barba is a general surgeon in Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas. He studied at the University of Montreal and the University of Pennsylvania and then did a fellowship in trauma and critical care. Early in his career he moved to Hartford, Connecticut and began specializing in bariatric surgery since there was no one handling that type of surgery at that time and he was trained to do it. He became a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) and then was involved in creating the first ASMBS Center of Excellence in Connecticut in 2005.
When Dr. Barba relocated to Texas in 2013, he continued to do bariatric surgery and he created the first ASMBS Center of Excellence in Cameron County and in the Rio Grande Valley. To meet this requirement, both the surgeon and the hospital must meet the highest standards in patient care. A center that is certified has the expertise of a good surgeon, and there is a whole team prepared to take care of the patient. Dr. Barba’s practice is about 50% bariatric surgery, but he also does general surgery.