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

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

203 Ratings

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor,

Clinical Interests

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

Contact Information

New Patient Appointments: 336-716-WAKE
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

NPI Number

  • 1457336513
Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

203 Ratings

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.

Associate Professor, Surgery, General

Research Interests


Contact Information

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


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Recent Publications

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

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

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

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,. How does your bariatric center address dehydration risk and prevention in the six weeks following weight loss surgery? [editorial]. Bariatr Surg Pract Patient Care. 2013;8(2):77-81.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Associate Professor, Surgery, General

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, Surgery, General

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Adolfo Z. Fernandez, M.D.203 Ratings

Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
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Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.


I loved my doctors positive attitude as well as the resident doctors working with him. I wish all medical teams were this great.


I already have recommended him.


If you could clone Dr. Fernandez, you should. Everyone agrees he is fantastic.


The doctor/surgeon spent about 45 min with me & we covered a lot of ground - he gave me good honest straight forward advice/diagnosis which I appreciated, some of which about my condition was disappointing but he was forthright and informed me what he good do should I take his advice - should things move forward as planned I will be seeing him again later this year - he was highly recommended by 2 other MD's by the way.


Dr. Fernandez explained my upcoming procedure in a way in which I understood. He also took the time to discuss my concerns with me. I have already recommended him to several friends! I have all the confidence in the world in Dr. Fernandez!


I'm trying to get some of my loved ones to consider treatment with him.


All staff very knowledgeable.


The Dr. Was condescending and seemed to be in a bad mood. I have something wrong but he either didn't get that or didn't much care. He was short and a little rude. This was the first time he had been like this. I left frustrated and upset.


I absolutely found my provider competent and courteous not only to me but to my family. They were at ease as well because of this great provider and the staff.


I felt like the overall staff was genuinely concerned about me and celebrated my successes!


I love Dr. Fuzz. He has been such a blessing in my life. I have recommended him to several of my co-workers, friends and family members. Several of them have come to him and had their surgery with him due to my recommendations. He is a life saver. I recommend him and his team to everyone that asks. THANKS DR. FUZZ!!!


I enjoyed meeting the doctor. He was very friendly and seemed knowledgeable. I am just not sure if he is going to be able to help me with my issues. I did not leave with peace about my condition. However, he was concern enough to set up more test for me so that we could try to get to the bottom of my problem.


great care trust him without question


My family and I were very pleased with the care given me.


This clinic has an excellent medical team.


Again, Dr. Fuzz is great.


I love Fuzz. He's awesome!


I have spoken to many people of how good Doctor Fernandez and his staff are I give a great %100




Sometimes I had to ask what the doctor meant especially with the meds, but he explained what he meant, but what I really appreciated was he didn't talk down to me.


very good


Dr. Fernandez might very well be the nicest doctor I've ever known. I don't have words to describe my gratitude to him and and his staff.


This doctor's personality reminds me of a hormonal person. up one minute and down the next. I never know what to expect and it getting nerve wrecking.


Dr. Fernandez gave me all the time that I needed, as I came to the appointment with several questions. He treated me with respect and thoroughly answered all my questions. I appreciated that he thought through my questions and he answered them honestly. I can see why patients like him because he comes across as being genuine in his interactions with patients.


Outstanding, was a great team and is a great leader. "Has a great reputation state wide".


I absolutely could not be more pleased with Dr. Fuzz. He has always explained things where I left feeling confident about the next phase of my process


Dr. Fernandez is THE BEST!!! I have recommended him to numerous other people in the past 2 1/2 years and they all rave about him and his way of treating his patients.


all good


I'm telling you that Doctor Fernandez and his staff are among if not the best I've ever seen. (and I'm not his family either)


I recommend all my friends to *Doctor Fernandez.


Dr. Fernandez is an excellent doctor, I am blessed to have met him and been his patient...he will do my surgery soon and I have full confidence in him

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