Nabil Tariq, MD

Nabil Tariq, MD

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas with a Blue Distinction ® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high quality, patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land provides a full range of bariatric surgery care, including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care, and patient education.

Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. — with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018 based on a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 42.7 percent of U.S. adults and 18.5 percent of youth are obese and are impacted by obesity-related health conditions.

With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, a significant opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national health care system.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for meeting the rigorous quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“Our commitment to unparalleled safety and quality begins with appropriately trained staff and surgical experts who participate in the development of our program by continuously seeking opportunities to enhance the structure, process and outcomes of the center. I am very proud of the team we have assembled. We are dedicated to delivering superior care for bariatric patients in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas,” said Nabil Tariq, M.D., board-certified bariatric surgeon and medical director of bariatric surgery at Houston Methodist Sugar Land.

The annual health care spend on obesity and obesity-related conditions is expected to rise by 2030, if the rate of obesity in the U.S. continues to climb. Bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for severely obese patients because it allows for substantial, sustained weight loss, which leads to improved or resolved obesity-related co-morbidities like type 2 diabetes. On average, health care costs were reduced by 29 percent within five years following bariatric surgery, due to the reduction or elimination of obesity-related conditions, based on findings by ASMBS.

To receive a Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation, a health care facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass.

All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit

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