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Vivek Kumbhari, M.B.Ch.B.

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Director of Bariatric Endoscopy

Assistant Professor of Medicine

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Expertise: Bariatric Endoscopy, Gastroenterology, Innovative Endoscopy, Obesity, Weight Loss

Research Interests: Obesity, treatment of metabolic disease, endoscopic innovation, submucosal endoscopy, interventional EUS

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
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4940 Eastern Avenue
A Building, 5th floor
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Background

Dr. Vivek Kumbhari is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Endoscopy at Bayview Medical Center and Director of Bariatric Endoscopy at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

His areas of expertise include minimally invasive, non-surgical therapies to facilitate weight loss and the treatment of obesity related diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Dr. Kumbhari is also internationally renowned for minimally invasive, non-surgical methods to manage complications of surgery. Additionally, he is an expert in performing endoscopic therapies to treat oncologic conditions involving the gastrointestinal tract.   

Dr. Kumbhari was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. He completed his GI training at Sydney's leading hospitals and was one of the youngest ever to become an Attending GI Physician in Australia. To further his knowledge, he joined the prestigious two year Advanced Endoscopic Fellowship program at Johns Hopkins. During this training period, in addition to clinical excellence, he began to push the frontiers of endoscopic therapies gaining him international recognition. He then joined the GI faculty at Johns Hopkins and began to take on several leadership roles. From a research perspective, he boasts almost 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and invited reviews.  He is an invited speaker both nationally and internationally. He is in his final year of his PhD which focuses on minimally invasive flexible endoscopic surgery.

Dr. Kumbhari understands the challenges involved in not only losing weight, but also maintaining weight after it has been lost. He understands the holistic nature when it comes to losing weight and works intimately with colleagues who are expert nutritionists and bariatricians. He believes in arming the patient with knowledge and providing them with the most up-to-date therapeutic options.

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Titles

  • Director of Bariatric Endoscopy
  • Director of Endoscopy, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Centers & Institutes

Education

Degrees

  • MBCHB, University of Otago (2005)

Residencies

  • Westmead Hospital / Internal Medicine (2010)

Fellowships

  • Saint George Hospital / Gastroenterology (2012)
  • Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital / Gastroenterology (2013)
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Gastroenterology (2015)

Additional Training

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 1
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 CK
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 CS
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Step 3
  • General Medical Registration, Medical Board of Australia (2007)
  • ECFMG Certification (2011)
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (2012)
  • US State Registration (2013)

Research & Publications

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Endoscopy and GI nursing education
    2010
  • Medical student clinical tutorials, lectures, bedside teaching
    2010
  • Lectures at weekly resident teaching, clinical bedside teaching
    2010 - 2013
  • FRACP candidate teaching for written and clinical examination
    2011 - 2012
  • GI Fellow Lectures and tutorials
    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    2013 - 2014
  • Outpatient and Inpatient service teaching rounds
    St George Hospital
    2010 - 2011
  • Outpatient and Inpatient service teaching rounds
    Bankstown Hospital
    2012 - 2013
  • Bloody Vessels in the Liver
    CME
    Sydney Liver Group
    2010 - 2010
  • Efficacy and Safety of Pneumatic Dilatation for symptom relapse in patients with Achalasia previously treated with Heller Myotomy
    CME
    Efficacy and Safety of Pneumatic Dilatation for symptom relapse in patients with Achalasia previously treated with Heller Myotomy
    2011 - 2011
  • Asians have a lower risk of advanced Colonic Neoplasm compared to Caucasians
    CME
    St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium
    2012 - 2012
  • Management of perforations, leaks and fistulae
    CME
    Johns Hopkins Medicine Grand Rounds
    2013 - 2013
  • New Frontiers in Therapeutic Small Bowel Enteroscopy
    Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associations
    2013 - 2013
  • Tissue Closure Techniques: Managing Fistulae and Perforations
    CME
    38th Annual Johns Hopkins Topics in Gastroenterology and Hepato-Biliary Update Conference
    2013 - 2013
  • Endoscopy for the Bariatric Patient
    CME
    38th Annual Johns Hopkins Topics in Gastroenterology and Hepato-Biliary Update Conference
    2013 - 2013
  • Interactive video endoscopy cases
    CME
    38th Annual Johns Hopkins Topics in Gastroenterology and Hepato-Biliary Update Conference
    2013 - 2013
  • Upper GI variceal bleeding
    CME
    14th Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Viva La Vida
    2014 - 2014
  • Interventional Endoscopy Interactive Cases
    CME
    14th Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Viva La Vida
    2014 - 2014
  • Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies
    CME
    Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associations
    2014 - 2014
  • Fluoroscopy to assess extent of cardiomyotomy
    CME
    5th POEM International Conference
    2014 - 2014
  • Peroral Endoscopic Myotomy and EndoFLIP
    CME
    American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
    2014 - 2014
  • Interventional Endoscopy Interactive Cases
    CME
    15th Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Viva La Vida
    2015 - 2015
  • Using the Endoscope to Achieve Weight Loss
    CME
    15th Johns Hopkins Gastroenterology and Hepatology Viva La Vida
    2015 - 2015
  • Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies
    CME
    Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associations
  • POEM as a Day Procedure – using contrast to check closure and discharge
    CME
    6th POEM International Conference
    2015 - 2015
  • Understanding Endoscopic Management of Postoperative Leaks
    CME
    ASMBS Maryland Chapter Meeting
    2015 - 2015

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Third in the School, Year 12, Newington College, 1999 - 1999
  • Endoscopy Quiz, 2010: First Prize, Gastrointestinal Skills Training Course, CTEC, Australia, 2010 - 2010
  • Young Investigator Award, St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium, 2010 - 2010
  • Young Investigator Award, St George and Sutherland Hospital Medical Research Symposium, 2011 - 2011
  • United European Gastroenterology Travel Grant for top Basic Science Abstract at UEGW, 2015 - 2015

Memberships

  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, 2010
  • American College of Gastroenterology, 2010
  • American Gastroenterology Association, 2010
  • Member of Gastroenterological Society of Australia, 2010
  • Sydney Gut Club, 2010
  • Sydney Young Gut Club, 2010
  • Sydney Liver Group, 2010

Videos & Media

Vivek Kumbari, M.D. | Director of Bariatric Endoscopy, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Transoral Gastric Outlet Reduction Program | Q&A

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty Program | Q&A

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

New Endoscopic, Non-Surgical Options for Weight Loss, webinar recorded April 2015

Up and Away Go the Pounds, Inside Tract (Fall 2015)

For Health Care Providers:

Johns Hopkins Clinical Connection Endoscopic Management of Complications of Bariatric Surgery (Video)

Johns Hopkins Clinical Connection Endoscopic Approaches to Obesity (Video) 

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