Our Surgeons

Our Doctors – Highly Skilled and Always Compassionate

The bariatric surgeons at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery are here to provide people like you with the latest and most effective weight loss procedures. They are some of the most highly trained and talented surgeons in the field, and are passionate about helping you to lose weight, meet your goals and improve your quality of life.


Dr. Philip Gachassin

Dr. Philip Gachassin

Dr. Philip Gachassin founded Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery in 2005, and has been performing weight loss surgery for nearly 20 years. Dr. Gachassin serves as the Medical Director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Dept. at Lafayette General Medical Center. Dr. Gachassin is passionate about caring for patients with obesity and serves as a surveyor for the American College of Surgeons in the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. He is skilled in a wide variety of bariatric and complex laparoscopic surgical procedures. Dr. Gachassin holds an academic appointment from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery. He is also among an elite group of surgeons nationwide who have been trained in the ORBERA™ Intragastric Balloon procedure. Dr. Gachassin is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana where he currently resides with his wife, Jessica, and their three sons, Jacques, Turner and Benjamin.

Education and Professional Organizations

Education
Medical Degree – LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans
Bachelor’s Degree – Tulane University, New Orleans
High School Degree – St. Thomas More High School

Residency
University of South Alabama, Mobile

Professional Organizations

  • American Board of Surgery – Diplomate
  • American College of Surgeons – Fellow
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery -Fellow
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Lafayette Parish Medical Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Past President of Medical Staff at Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
  • Past President of Medical Staff at Lafayette General Medical Center


Dr. Dennis Eschete

Dr. Dennis Eschete

Dr. Dennis Eschete is a highly skilled fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. Following his medical school and residency at LSU, he completed an advanced fellowship training program in New York with a very busy bariatric hospital. He is accomplished in advanced laparoscopic, general and bariatric surgery and has interest in primary and revisional surgery. A native of Houma, Louisiana, he has been in private practice in Lafayette since 2009 and currently resides here with his wife, Darah and their son, Gabriel.

Education and Professional Organizations

Education
Medical Degree – LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans
Bachelor’s Degree – Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
High School Degree – Central Lafourche High School

Residency
LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive and Gastrointestinal Laparoscopic Surgery, North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York

Professional Organizations

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society of General Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Louisiana State Medical Society
  • Lafayette Parish Medical Society


Dr. Robert Autin

Dr. Robert Autin

Dr. Robert Autin is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. He joined our weight loss surgery program in 2015. Among the many procedures he is skilled at performing are gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, lap band removal and endoscopic revisions, which he mastered during an advanced fellowship training program in New York. Dr. Autin is a native of Louisiana and is proud to be back home serving residents across the region.

Education and Professional Organizations

Education
Medical Degree – Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport

Residency
New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, New York

Fellowship
Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Albany, New York

Professional Organizations

  • American College of Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons


Dr. Benjamin Doga

Dr. Benjamin Doga

Benjamin Doga, M.D., oversees the Non-Surgical Weight Loss program at Acadiana Weight Loss Surgery, located at Lafayette General Surgical Hospital. Dr. Doga is certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine and is also board certified in Family Practice.

Education and Professional Organizations

Education
Medical Degree – Louisiana State University
Bachelor’s Degree – Northeast Louisiana University at Monroe

Internship
University Medical Center, Lafayette, Louisiana

Residency
University Medical Center, Lafayette, Louisiana