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Kimberley Eden Steele, M.D., Ph.D.

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Director, Johns Hopkins Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program

Associate Professor of Surgery


Expertise: Adrenal Diseases, Bariatric Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, Diseases of the Small Bowel and Colon, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery, General Surgery, GERD Surgery, Hernia Repair, Hernia Surgery, Hernias, Lap Band Surgery, Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Pancreatic Disease, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery more

Research Interests: Obesity; Surgical outcomes; Minimally-invasive surgical techniques; Surgical education; Brain dopamine receptors before and after gastric bypass surgery; Genetics, metabolism and physiology of obesity; Laparoscopic surgery in the elderly; Laparoscopic simulation education and curriculum for residents and medical students more

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


4940 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Phone: 410-550-0409

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center


601 N. Caroline St. Baltimore, MD 21287 map

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)


1800 Orleans St. Sheikh Zayed Tower Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Kimberley E. Steele, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS completed her surgical residency at Hershey Penn State University from 2000 to 2005 and her minimally invasive and bariatric surgical fellowship at Johns Hopkins 2005-2006. She has been on faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for 13 years. She received a KL2 NIH award and Clinician Scientist Award in 2011, which allowed her to study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where she obtained a PhD in the Graduate Training in Clinical Investigation.

As a specialist in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, Dr. Steele employs state of the art techniques to help patients address their obesity-related health problems. At the foundation of her clinical practice is the notion that each patient should be treated as an individual. She believes in getting to know her patients and spending time with them: educating them and helping them understand the disease process and how they can take an active role in improving their health.

Dr. Steele is recognized nationally and internationally for her research in obesity and bariatric surgery. More specifically her research interests include the neural correlates of feeding behavior, the influence of the gut on the brain, and improvement of surgical outcomes through the optimization of perioperative care.

Dr. Steele is an Associate Professor of Surgery and contributes in all facets of academia including clinical expertise, research and education. She is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Research and Innovation, and Director of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Center for Surgical Simulation and Education. more


  • Director, Johns Hopkins Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Program
  • Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Research and Innovations
  • Associate Professor of Surgery



  • MD, Ross University School of Medicine (2000)


  • Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center / General Surgery (2005)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (2006)

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigations, The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2011 to 2014

Activities & Honors


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Association of Women Surgeons
  • Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Surgeons
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

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