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Member of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO)

Member of Obesity Surgery Society of Australia and New Zealand (OSSANZ)

Member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)

Member of International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA)

Specialist in Upper Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary, and Obesity Surgery

Recently honor to be a fellow of the International college of laparoscopic surgeons in india and first non Indian surgeon  on the 16 march 2012 at AIIMS

Proctoring around the world for J and J and for Gore Medical  for bariatric surgery

Proctoring for Covidien  in laparoscopic inguinal hernia

First human trial on device call  Vibrynt start 3 years ago and  presented  at San Diego for the ASMBS for first time in the world    web site www.

Introduced lap – hernia in Vietnam many years ago

Faculty for AMASICON 2012

Received honoree fellow  of AMASI  ( association of minimal access surgery in India )


Faculty for SELSICON 2012

Faculty for  Malazahala surgical conference  nov  2012


To date, Dr Layani has done close to 5000 bariatric procedures, including Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB), Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy(VSG), and Gastric Bypass (GB). Whilst LAGB remains the most commonly performed procedure in Australia, Dr Layani has been at the forefront of the VSG revolution in Australia. His decision to perform VSG as a revision  bariatric procedure for failed gastric band at John Flynn Private Hospital in Queensland started about 7 years ago and he has since gone on to perform over  1500 of these procedures as primary procedure and over 200 revision procedures (LAGB to VSG, Open Stapling to VSG, and Lap Bypass following VSG).

Work experience

Medical Background

Dr Layani started his formal training in laparoscopic surgery in France (1994). Since being admitted to the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1998, he has been honored by numerous national and international institutions for his role as an educator and facilitator for new developments in bariatric surgery. He is currently a major contributor to research being done in the US regarding new surgical treatments for obesity.

 A number of highly respected surgeons around Australia and the world have completed varying components of their formal training under his guidance and many have gone on to establish themselves in private practice. He is currently the head surgeon for WeightLoss Solutions Australia (WLSA) at John Flynn Private Hospital in Queensland, Australia and has been in private practice for over 12 years.

 His WLSA multidisciplinary model for onsite assessment, care, and support is the hallmark standard for pre and post-operative clinical management of a bariatric patient. His centre of excellence approach to the treatment of obesity and co-morbid complications is a major factor in his extremely low complication rates and positive patient outcomes.


Head of Bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgery at Fujairah Hospital  - consultant surgeon for the MOH  UAE   


Consultant bariatrique  at weight and metabolic solution australia in Brisbane

Large center for obesity surgery

Spend 5 months in Paris working on omega loop gastric bypass  at the Clinique Geoffroysthilaire  Paris with Dr Cady and Dr chiche


consultant bariatric surgeon at SCOD   surgical center for obesity and diabetes  , New Delhi with Dr Arush Sabharwal for 6 months and return to Australia to work in Brisbane  at weight and metabolic solution Australia  Brisbane center for obesity surgery

2000- 2012 

Consultant surgeon on the Gold Coast  working  at john Flynn private  hospital and for the north health service  - tweed hospital  public  service – my role  was  in charge  of bariatrique and minimal access surgery – we have  team  3 upper GI and HPB surgeons  – 2 colorectal surgeons and  3 breast –endocrine surgeons

Affiliated with Sydney university  with have  2 fellow 4 registrar  intern and medical student  from 2 medical school  bond university and Griffith university both  located  on the gold coast

During this years  we have  run courses in laparoscopic surgery and  train  multiples young surgeons and  established surgeons

 In my bariatrique  practice  we also have a team of professional  - with  dietician – psychologist – nurse -bariatric physician – I have  been the founder of weight loss solution Australia

 I have invited to numerous conference  in AUSTRALIA–US –EUROPE –SOUTH AMERICA-ASIA INDIA  to present my work  in GI and bariatric   surgery


3 years post graduate fellow  in GI  SURGERY  at MONASH MEDICAL CENTER  MELBOURNE –and as the fellow my third years  I was in charge of developing  laparoscopic surgery for the department.

 1998-one  year fellow at the   ROYAL BRISBANE  HOSPITAL  IN BRISBANE AND THE WESLEY PRIVATE  HOSPITAL  with my Mentor  Dr G Fielfing – Dr Nathanson- Dr o`rouke   with Dr fielding  I start bariatric surgery in 1998 – be part of the development  of the Nathanson  hook retractor  which most surgeon in the world use and  transcystic  basket  for CBD  exploration – Also with Dr o`rouke  with start  in this early days  to do laparoscopic  liver resection – also  all this years  involved  also in open surgery  particularly  - pancreas –liver-oesophagus –stomach

 ALSO DECISION TO STAY IN AUSTRALIA and  prepared the fellow -ship  examination  and got rewarded in new Zealand  in 1998 in fact first French  person at this time to pass this examination and became FRACS .

1999   return to Melbourne in private practice


offer  to start position on the gold coast to be in charge of bariatrique and minimal invasive surgery

SURGICAL TRAINING PROGRAM  in PARIS –also dot the first diploma of laparoscopic surgery  organized in   france (Paris )

  • 5 years has a registrar in GI SURGERY – THORACIC- VASCULAR – GYNECOLOGY
  • 2 YEARS IN 1990-91 ARMY  IN A FRENCH COLONY  ILE DE LA REUNION  - REUNION ISLE  IN FRONT OF MAURITIUS  AS A REGISTRAR  in gyane and general  surgery   - the volume of work  was  immense  for a young surgeon

 During the end of my training  I did 2 years of liver surgery and liver transplantation  which was  my   great interest at this time



Taylor C, Layani L. The results of Laparoscopic adjustable Gastric Banding in patients over 60 years. Is it worthwhile?Obesity Surgery 2006;16(12):1579-1583

Taylor C, Layani L, Liew V, Ghusn M, Crampton N, White S.Laparoscopic inguinal hernia repair without mesh fixation – early results of a large randomised clinical trial. Surgical Endoscopy 2008; 22:757–762

Liew V, Taylor C, Ghusn M, Jamnagerwalla M, Layani L. Laparoscopic gastric resection for benign and malignant conditions: Lessons learned from 35 consecutive cases. ANZ J Surg 2007; 77(9): 787-791

Taylor C, Layani L, Ghusn M, White S. Managing perforated Diverticulitis by Laparoscopic lavage. Is Hartmanns really necessary?ANZ J Surg2006; 76(11):962-965

Taylor C, Kong J, Ghusn M, White S, Layani L. Laparoscopic Bile Duct Exploration. Results of 160 consecutive cases with 2-year follow-up. ANZ J Surg 2007; 77(6): 440-445

Clough A, Layani L, Sidhu M, Wheatley L and Shah A. Subfascial Port Placement in Gastric Banding Surgery. Obesity Surgery 2009; 10.1007/s11695-009-9931-6

Chan SW, Hensman C, Waxman BP, Blamey S, Cox J, Farrell K, Fox J, Gribbin J, Layani L. Technical developments and a team approach leads to an improved outcome: lessons learnt implementing laparoscopic splenectomy. ANZ J Surg. 2002 Jul; 72(7): 523-7.

Liew V, Layani L, Speakman D.Bouveret's syndrome in Melbourne. ANZ J Surg. 2002 Feb; 72(2): 161-3

Draper G, Layani L, McLeish J. Management of Dieulafoy's disease with combined endoscopy and laparoscopic gastric wedge resection. Aust N Z J Surg. 1999 Feb; 69(2): 156-8

Silverman C, Layani L. Introducing the Orbera Intra-Gastric Balloon into a Weight Loss Practice. Winner 'Best Poster', OSSANZ Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 2010.

Braun W, Kekkef M, Tanchev D, Silverman C, Layani L. Introduction of Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy into Bariatric Practice. Poster Presentation, OSSANZ Conference, Hobart, Tasmania 2010.


 Dr Layani has contributed towards many research papers and journals. He presents regularly both Australia and internationally, particularly on topics and techniques associated with bariatric surgery: an area he has ongoing commitment to regarding new developments and research. Dr Layani is a valuable resource to medical departments at Griffith University and Bond University in Queensland, Australia and provides ongoing training to a number of medical students every year