About Dr. Vafa Shayani

Dr. Vafa Shayani

Dr. Vafa Shayani completed his undergraduate degree at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his general surgical residency at George Washington University and after an additional year of concentrated training in advanced laparoscopy, started his first professional appointment at Loyola University Medical Center in 1996. He ultimately attained the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery Program at Loyola University before his departure in 2007. Since then, he has been practicing as a General and Bariatric Surgeon in Chicago metropolitan area. Dr. Shayani is proud to be listed, most recently, in Castle Connolly’s 2022 Top Doctors, as featured in Chicago Magazine.

Dr. Shayani is the Bariatric Medical Director at a very busy bariatric program in the suburbs of Chicago. Dr. Shayani performs both surgical procedures (sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding) and endoscopic procedures (implantation of gastric balloons) at Advent Health Bolingbrook Hospital which has been recognized as a Bariatric Center of Excellence for many years.

Dr. Shayani is a physician leader and has assumed many leadership positions at local and national institutions and organizations. He is the past chairman of surgery and the current vice chairman of medical staff at Advent Health Bolingbrook Hospital. He was the past president of the Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeon and the immediate past chairman of the membership committee at the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.


  • Board Certified General Surgeon
  • Member of American College of Surgeons
  • Member of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Past Chairman of Membership Committee of ASMBS
  • Past President of Illinois Bariatric Society
  • Primary Investigator in multiple FDA Trials for Bariatric Interventions
  • Published Author of numerous scientific- research papers
  • Vice President of Medical Staff at Advent Health Bolingbrook Hospital
  • Performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures