Mario del Pino, MD

Mario Del Pino

Dr. Mario Del Pino

Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Foregut Surgery
Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery
Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Member American Hernia Society

Da Vinci Robotic System Surgeon and Proctor

Bariatric Procedures Performed by Dr. Del Pino

I perform an average of >200 Bariatric procedures/year:

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Band – Lap Band
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve, Sleeve Gastrectomy.
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.
  • Revisional Bariatric surgery
  • Lap Band to Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Bypass Conversions
  • Removal of Adjustable and non-adjustable bands

Surgical Training/Credentials:

Fellowship: Minimally Invasive/Foregut/Bariatric Surgery 1 Year, The University of Pittsburg
Residency: General Surgery 6 years, Mercy Catholic Medical Center

Fellowship Trained- What does it mean?

A Fellowship is a formal training program for surgeons who want to specialize in a certain area of surgery. Surgeons enter fellowships after already finishing 5-7 years of general surgery training. These fellowships provide very intense and structured training. The surgeons who enter these programs are put through a strict set of requirements that they have to meet before they are allowed to graduate and receive their fellowship-trained certification.

Dr. Del Pino is originally from Peru, but spent his childhood in different countries of South America and Europe, which explains why he speaks not only Spanish, but also Portuguese and German. He has traveled extensively across the US and trained at the prestigious University of Pittsburg, one of the top surgical institutions in the United States.

After medical school in Peru and graduating at the top of his class, he relocated to Philadelphia to train in General Surgery. After successfully serving as chief resident in surgery at the Mercy Catholic Medical Center of Philadelphia, he then continued his surgical training when he was accepted into a highly competitive surgical fellowship at The University of Pittsburg specializing in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric surgery. During this fellowship Dr. Del Pino worked with some of the premier minimally invasive and bariatric surgeons in the country and completed over 500 major minimally invasive foregut, thoracic and bariatric operations. In addition, while in his General Surgery training, Dr. Del Pino participated in many post-bariatric body contouring cosmetic procedures. It was this experience that motivated Dr. Del Pino to pursue further training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was selected for Plastic Surgery training at the University of New Jersey in Camden. But his love for minimally invasive and bariatric surgery prompted him to move to McAllen in 2005 and continue his career in Texas.

When asked why he decided to pursue this additional formal training Dr. Del Pino responded, “Coming from a family with a strong history of diabetes, and having a grandfather and uncles dye from diabetes related complications, I was shocked when I learned that a surgical procedure could be more effective than medications for treating this condition. I realized immediately that by doing weight loss surgery I could not only help people lose weight, but help them get rid of many of the diabetes related complications.”

Dr. Del Pino continues to remain actively involved in surgical education and is constantly participating in the training of healthcare students and teaching other surgeons how to operate with the Da Vinci Robotic System.

Dr. Del Pino believes in giving his best to his patients and is continuously participating in surgical meetings and visiting other surgeons to expand and update his medical knowledge. He is very active in social media and prides himself of being available for his patients and the local community who have an interest In weight loss surgery. His professional medical practice has more than 8000 followers, making it the most popular medical Facebook page in the Rio Grande Valley.

Did you see a different physician and would like Dr. Del Pino to take over your care? We are here to help you! Call us today (956) 631-8155 to schedule your bariatric follow-up appointment and to find out more about our take over care process. Or would you prefer we call you, fill out our Contact Us Form.