UF Health bariatric surgery program receives new accreditation covering adult, adolescent work

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program has approved UF Health as an accredited “Comprehensive Center with Adolescent Qualifications.”

The program, founded by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, “works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgical patients through the accreditation of bariatric surgical centers,” according to its website. “A bariatric surgical center achieves accreditation following a rigorous review process during which it proves that it can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice.”

The MBSAQIP accreditation has replaced the accreditation previously offered by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Only 34 institutions nationwide are accredited as comprehensive centers with adolescent qualifications.