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Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

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4.9 out of 5

123 Ratings

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery

Contact Information

Returning Patient Appointments: 336-716-6099
Department: 336-716-7255


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Education & Training

  • B.S., Georgetown University, 1993
  • M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, 1997
  • Residency, Med Coll Virginia Hosps, 2002
  • Fellowship, Medical College of Virginia, 2003

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery

NPI Number

  • 1457336513
Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

123 Ratings

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor, General Surgery

Research Interests

Gastric Bypass; Obesity, Morbid; Laparoscopy; Gastrectomy; Surgical Stapling
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Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-7255 | Department: 336-716-7255


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Laparoscopic-assisted transgastric ERCP: a single-institution experience. Yancey KH, McCormack LK, McNatt SS, Powell MS, Fernandez AZ, Westcott CJ.. J Obes. 2018;2018():8275965.

Evaluation of a powered stapler system with gripping surface technology on surgical interventions required during laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Fegelman E, Knippenberg S, Schwiers M, Stefanidis D, Gersin KS, Scott JD, Fernandez AZ.. J Laparoendosc Adv Surg Tech A. 2017;27(5):489-494.

Conversion from gastric bypass to sleeve gastrectomy for complications of gastric bypass. Carter CO, Fernandez AZ, McNatt SS, Powell MS.. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2016;12(3):572-576.

Endoscopic closure of persistent gastric leak and fistula following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Fernandez AZ, Luthra AK, Evans JA.. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2015;6():186-187.

Identifying patients most likely to have a common bile duct stone after a positive intraoperative cholangiogram. Vadlamudi R, Conway J, Mishra G, Baillie J, Gilliam J, Fernandez A, Evans J.. Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2014;10(4):240-244.

Changes in nutrients and food groups intake following laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). Miller GD, Norris A, Fernandez A.. Obes Surg. 2014;24(11):1926-1932.

How does your bariatric center address dehydration risk and prevention in the six weeks following weight loss surgery? [editorial]. Joyner KF, Fernandez AZ, Easterly S, Davis MM, Browning J, Lofton C, Conti V, Gourash B, Gross D, Lawrence B, Marino B, Molinaro S, Perry D, Savitz A, Tatsch D, Pitman K, DeLuca R, Pinson TW, Rogers V, Trainor L, Weaver SR,.. Bariatr Surg Pract Patient Care. 2013;8(2):77-81.

A single-blind, prospective study for evaluation of transnasal endoscopy in patients with Roux-en-Y gastric bypass referred for upper endoscopy [abstract]. Hafemeister, A, Conway J, Mishra G, Fernandez A, Evans J.. Am J Gastroenterol. 2013;108(Suppl 1):S582.

Adjustable gastric band prolapse leading to near-fatal hemorrhage. Panella NJ, Fernandez AZ Jr.. Am Surg. 2012;78(2):263-264.

Hepatic cholesterol ester--not free cholesterol--is associated with steatohepatitis (NASH) in human beings [abstract]. Shores NJ, Fernandez AZ, Tam NC, DAvis M, Wilson M, Sawyer JK, Rudel L.. Hepatology. 2012;56(Suppl 1):845A.

Regional fat changes following weight reduction from laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery [research letter]. Miller GD, Carr JJ, Fernandez AZ.. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2011;13(2):189-192.

Non-contrasted computed tomography for the accurate measurement of liver steatosis in obese patients. Shores NJ, Link K, Fernandez A, Geisinger KR, Davis M, Nguyen T, Sawyer J, Rudel L.. Dig Dis Sci. 2011;56(7):2145-2151.

Serial changes in inflammatory biomarkers after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Miller GD, Nicklas BJ, Fernandez A.. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2011;7(5):618-624.

Anesthetic and airway management techniques in morbidly obese patients undergoing gastric bypass and banding [abstract]. Bryan YF, May J, Hoke L, Calicott R, Whelan D, Krings E, Fernandez A.. In: Abstracts of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA); 2011 Oct 15-19; Chicago (IL). 2011;():A548.

Surgical treatment for morbid obesity: the laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Powell MS, Fernandez AZ Jr.. Surg Clin North Am. 2011;91(6):1203-1224.

Validation that a 1-year fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery can eliminate the learning curve for laparoscopic gastric bypass. Ali MR, Tichansky DS, Kothari SN, McBride CL, Fernandez AZ Jr, Sugerman HJ, Kellum JM, Wolfe LG, DeMaria EJ.. Surg Endosc. 2010;24(1):138-144.

Non-contrasted computed tomography accurately estimates chemically measured hepatic steatosis in bariatric patients [abstract]. Shores NJ, Fernandez AZ, Geisinger KR, Davis M, Nguyen T, Sawyer JK, Rudel LL.. Hepatology. 2010;52(4 Suppl):649A-650A.

Prevalence of hyperoxaluria after bariatric surgery. Patel BN, Passman CM, Fernandez A, Asplin JR, Coe FL, Kim SC, Lingeman JE, Assimos DG.. J Urol. 2009;181(1):161-166.

Laparoscopic gastric banding: techniques, complications, and imaging (CME credit available) [abstract]. Ott D, Oliphant M, Fernandez A.. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009;192(5 Suppl):E228.

Physical function improvements after laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Miller GD, Nicklas BJ, You T, Fernandez A.. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2009;5(5):530-537.

Prevalance of hyperoxaluria after modern bariatric surgery [abstract]. Patel BN, Passman CM, Fernandez A, Asplin JR, Coe FL, Lingeman JE, Assimos DG.. J Urol. 2008;179(4 Suppl):480.

Regional fat depot and thigh muscle volume changes as a result of weight loss from laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery [abstract]. Miller GD, Nicklas B, Fernandez A, You T, Carr JJ.. Obesity. 2007;15(Suppl 1):A87.

Surgical revision of loop ("mini") gastric bypass procedure: multicenter review of complications and conversions to Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Johnson WH, Fernanandez AZ [sic ] [Fernandez AZ], Farrell TM, MacDonald KG, Grant JP, McMahon RL, Pryor AD, Wolfe LG, DeMaria EJ.. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2007;3(1):37-41.

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Associate Professor, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Bariatric Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery
Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor, General Surgery

Doctor Rating

4.9 out of 5

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.123 Ratings


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There are not enough words to say what amazing *Dr. Fuzz is. He is beyond a gifted dr., and man. Compassionate, kind and so understanding. Very grateful to have him as my dr.


Dr.Fuzz is a doctor that takes the time with his patients,so they can feel better about surgery or what has to be done.


Dr. Fuzz is amazing. He is an awesome physician who cares greatly for his patients. He goes the extra mile for his patients.


This was a group visit, so the amount of time spent was good considering it was a group.


I feel confidence as to his ability to provide me the best care.




everything was great




Dr. Fernandez is the absolute best! He saved my life when he discovered that I had appendix cancer during another surgical procedure. Not only is her very knowledgable, but truly cares about his patients. He never rushes through his visits, and treats you like family. Everyone I know who is his patient loves him. A true blessing to our organization.


No meds or follow up required.


Outstanding care. Clear information, friendly, & thoughtful. Truly outstanding.


*Dr. Fernandez provided exceptional care, was warm, and took time to address my questions.

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