Meet Our Bariatric Fellow, Dr. Keitaro Nakamoto

Meet Dr. Keitaro Nakamoto

By Linda Trainor, RN, BSN

BIDMC Bariatric Fellow Dr. Keitaro NakamotoKeitaro Nakamoto, MD has joined the Weight Loss Surgery team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) as an Advanced Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Fellow.

Dr. Nakamoto graduated from Okayama University Medical School in Japan in 2011 and prior to that, earned his Bachelor's degree in Biology from Wesleyan University in 2006.

Following medical school he completed two years of his residency at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tokyo and finished his medical residency at the United States Naval Base hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

Dr. Nakamoto then moved to the United States to start his preliminary surgical residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City from 2014 to 2016.

He completed his surgical residency at Marshall University in West Virginia in 2020. During this time he also performed numerous robotic surgeries.

When asked why he chose BIDMC for his Advanced Gastrointestinal, Minimally Invasive Surgery and Bariatric Fellowship Dr. Nakamoto replied, "BIDMC is a world-renowned institution. Dr. Jones [Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgical Services; Director, Bariatric Surgery Program] is not only a great clinician but a true academic with hundreds of publications. I have many of his textbooks. I am very appreciative to do a fellowship under the tutelage of such a great mentor," said Dr Nakamoto.

Dr. Nakamoto said that he is undertaking specialty training in bariatrics because he is very much aware that obesity is a worldwide health issue.

"I am very interested in understanding its pathophysiology, as well as the metabolic benefits that surgical management could provide to patients," said Dr. Nakamoto. "Bariatrics also incorporates detailed minimally invasive surgical techniques, which will hone my surgical skills.";

Outside of performing surgery, Dr. Nakamoto enjoys, golfing, reading, and snowboarding. In spite of his busy schedule, he remains fit by using a calorie counting app and works out three times week. "I am looking forward to joining the bariatric team, said Dr. Nakamoto. "I have great pride in my profession and feel privileged to meet bariatric patients."

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nakamoto.