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Number of members
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319+ Number of Cases discussed
40+ Number of Virtual Classroom completed
31+ Number of Active Centers
1053+ Number of members from all around the world


Improve your knowledge and skill
to deal with complex bariatric cases

Bariatric Surgery is a relatively new surgical subdiscipline, with scientific interest in the subject rapidly increasing, as well as the number of surgeries being performed worldwide.

The ever-changing nature of the discipline
Preferred bariatric procedures have quickly changed, and training has not always been carried out for long enough, or to a high enough standard for surgeons entering this appealing new domain.

Including reversals, revisions and conversions
As such, a broad spectrum of corrective-surgery including reversals, revisions and conversions has become necessary, but they are technically more challenging and are accompanied with a higher morbidity and mortality.

Barialink consists of
two actively connected pillars

BARIAlink Academy

The academy is a monthly virtual classroom led by a body of 25 active centers and joined by a growing surgical community worldwide. Any interested center* or specialist can attend by signing up and logging in to the online platform.

Each session covers 8 to 10 complex and interesting case studies, submitted by the community and reviewed in advance by a scientific committee.

BARIAlink Library

All the cases and subjects submitted and discussed at BARIAlink Academy are stored online in the BARIAlink library.

Each case is fully documented, including X-rays, videos and, uniquely, longitudinal follow-up information regularly added by the submitting center. This information, along with complete recordings of all BARIAlink academy sessions, and a comprehensive directory of all participating centers is instantly available through the BARIAlink Library, from any device, anywhere in the world.

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Future events
Join us for the

ESPCOP/SOBA Winter Scientific Meeting

DECEMBER 3-4, 2020
18:30 GMT/UTC
Join us for the

41st BARIAlink Academy

JANUARY 21, 2021
17:00 Brussels Time
Join us for the

42nd BARIAlink Academy

FEBRUARY 18, 2021
17:00 Brussels Time
Join us for the

43rd BARIAlink Academy

MARCH 18, 2021
17:00 Brussels Time
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An Obese Lynch Syndrom
Members of
the Scientific Committee
Dr. Bruno Dillemans
Bariatric surgeon at AZ Sint-Jan Brugge

The Centre for Obesity and Metabolic Chirugy in the AZ Sint-Jan in Bruges is led by Dr. Bruno Dillemans. Dr. Dillemans has already performed more than 15,000 successful bariatric or obesity (= aimed at weight loss) surgeries.

Dr. Donald Van Der Fraenen
Bariatric Surgeon at ASZ Aalst-Geraardsbergen-Wetteren

Dr. Donald Van Der Fraenen is already from the beginning involved in the start-up of BARIAlink. He is also interested in minimal invasive colorectal surgery. In addition, he has recently followed a training of the Da Vinci Robot, and hopes to develop the robotic assisted bariatric and colorectal surgery.

Dr. Shashank Shah
Bariatric Surgeon at Laparo Obeso Centre

Dr Shashank Shah is a pioneer and leading Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon in India. He is a renowned General and Laparoscopic Surgeon with an experience of more than 30.000 surgeries performed so far over the last 34 years.