Mercy Health Muskegon has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) for its continued quality in the bariatric patient experience and superior clinical outcomes in weight loss surgery, especially among high-risk patients using the gastric sleeve procedure.
This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery. Faced with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the MBSAQUIP program was created to recognize bariatric surgery centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the quality and safety of care provided.
Our Expert Weight Loss Surgeon: Brian Gluck, DO, FACOS, FASMBS
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery, Mercy Health Muskegon
Dr. Gluck graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI with a degree in Nutrition in May 1986. He went on to graduate from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 1991. In June 1996 he completed four years of general surgery residency at POH Medical Center in Pontiac, MI where he performed General, Laparoscopic, Endoscopic, Vascular, Thoracic and Gynecologic surgery. After graduating from surgical residency in June 1996, Dr Gluck moved to Muskegon, MI in October of that year and began his private practice. Having an innate desire to do bariatric surgery, in 2002, Dr. Gluck collaborated with Mercy Muskegon to build a comprehensive bariatric surgery program. Dr. Gluck is board certified and has now performed more than 3,000 weight-loss surgeries to date. He is the only surgeon performing Gastric Plication in the state. Learn more about Gastric Plication.
Dr. Gluck is passionate about helping the obese population help themselves. He feels he has been blessed with the ability to give patients a tool to change their lives forever. To quote Dr. Gluck, “There is nothing more incredible than hearing a patient tell me how much their life has improved both physically and mentally.” Others have asked Dr. Gluck why he chose to trade a busy general surgery practice for bariatric surgery and his response was “I get more fulfillment out of hearing just one bariatric patient tell me about ‘feeling better than they can remember since childhood’ than I do from performing 20 general surgery cases.”
His desire and drive to continue stems from him being obese as a child. Going into the sixth grade, Dr. Gluck weighed close to 200 pounds. He was fortunate to have had a parent send him to a camp for overweight children. At that camp, he learned how to eat right and exercise and has maintained his weight loss since then. Had Dr. Gluck not learned how to balance meals and exercise at an early age, he feels he would probably be seeking to have bariatric surgery himself. Dr. Gluck knows the prejudice that society
presents. The disease of morbid obesity does not get the respect it deserves. If left untreated, obesity kills.
Dr. Gluck is confident that we have a complete and exceptional bariatric program here in Muskegon. He is proud to have been a part of its conception and growth from the beginning and looks look forward to continued success in the fight and treatment against the disease of morbid obesity.
When away from the operating room and office, Dr. Gluck spends his time with his wife and two children.