About Our Practice
Aspiring Bariatrics, Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Limited is the specialist surgical practice of Dr Mark D Smith. We provide specialist surgical care using the latest laparoscopic techniques for patients in Otago and Southland.
Dr Smith is a Consultant Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon at Dunedin Hospital with specialist training and experience in laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery and other advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Dr Smith completed medical school and specialty General Surgical training in New Zealand. He was convocated as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2005. Following his General Surgical specialty training he undertook further specialty training in surgery of the liver and bile ducts in Edinburgh, Scotland; and Bariatric and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery in Oregon, USA. He also completed a Master of Medical Science Degree in evidence based medicine. Following this, Dr Smith worked in the USA for two years as a specialist bariatric surgeon at Oregon Weight Loss Surgery, a certified bariatric center of excellence.
In 2011, Dr Smith chose to return to New Zealand to raise his family and to establish the bariatric surgery program at Southland Hospital, later Southern DHB. He has conducted extensive research in to improving the safety of bariatric surgery and published multiple peer reviewed articles and book chapters. These include Surgical options for failed laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in the upcoming American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery textbook.
In 2018, Dr Smith relocated to Dunedin Hospital to join the regional team treating cancers of the stomach and oesophagus. He continues to provide the bariatric surgery service for Otago and Southland through Mercy Hospital Dunedin and Southland Hospital.
Dr Smith’s current surgical practice involves the application of advanced laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques for weight loss surgery as well as the treatment of oesophageal and gastric cancers, gastro-oesophageal reflux, hernia, and gallstones. Dr Smith is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Otago and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand, and OraTaiao – The New Zealand Climate and Health Council.
Dr Smith is the proud father of two beautiful girls and enjoys cycling, skiing and surfing in his spare time.
Meet Our Team
Sharon graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1997. She has worked extensively on both medical and surgical wards in the public and private hospital settings throughout New Zealand.
Sharon is the practice manager and practice nurse for Aspiring Bariatrics Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Limited.
Dunedin Consulting and Operating
We are based in Dunedin, on site at Mercy Hospital. Consulting facilities are in Suite 6 of the Marinoto Clinic with operating at the adjacent Mercy Hospital, Dunedin. Mercy Hospital and Marinoto Clinic are together nestled in 4.5 hectares of tranquil surroundings at 72 Newington Ave, Maori Hill. There is ample onsite carparking.
Aspiring Bariatrics Laparoscopy and Endoscopy Limited has premises conveniently located in the centre of town at 81 Don Street, Invercargill. We share these premises with Renovate Nutrition Limited for a convenient comprehesive weight loss surgery service. Parking is available via a closely located council carpark, or metered onstreet parking. Our premisies are also conveniently located for stops on the Bus Smart buses.
Dr Smith is pleased to offer consulting in weight loss surgery and laparoscopic surgery at the Queenstown Medical Centre. The Queenstown Medical Centre is a comprehensive integrated family medical centre with surgeries located at Queenstown, Arrowtown and Remarkable Park. Dr Smith consults at the Isle Street surgery in Queenstown on a monthly basis.