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Frank “Terive” Duperier, MD

Dr. Frank "Terive" Duperier

Dr Duperier is one of the co-founders of BMI of Texas. He has performed nearly four thousand weight loss surgeries and assisted on thousands more. Dr. Duperier patented a laparoscopic scalpel as well as co-authored a children’s book about weight loss in 2013.

Dr. Terive Duperier obtained his fellowship training at the world-famous Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. This is the highest level of surgical training one can complete. He has very broad experience in many advanced laparoscopic procedures including: laparoscopic weight loss surgery, anti-reflux surgery, and endocrine surgery. He also completed a Mini-Fellowship in Endocrine Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in 2004.

A native of San Antonio, Dr. Duperier earned his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Brown University in 1991 after graduating from Alamo Heights High School in 1987. After leaving Rhode Island, Terive moved to Ohio where he received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 1996. The residency match moved Dr. Duperier to Newark, New Jersey where he completed his 5 year surgery training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ-Newark). Training under internationally-known laparoscopic surgeons, Dr. Duperier became interested in minimally invasive surgery. At the completion of residency, Dr. Duperier and his wife moved back to Ohio for dedicated Fellowship training in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery and Bariatric Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. At the Cleveland Clinic, Dr Duperier also became proficient with a myriad of minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypasses, laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal, ventral and inguinal hernias, laparoscopic splenectomy and adrenalectomy, laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication for reflux (GERD), and laparoscopic Heller myotomy for achalasia.

Dr Duperier is the program co-director for the Bariatric Fellowship at BMI of Texas, which began in 2007. This is the only Bariatric Fellowship in South Texas. Of note, Dr. Duperier was the first surgeon in South Texas to perform the following:

  • Robotic Pancreatic Surgery
  • Robotic and Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Conversion of VBG to RYN
  • Robotic Heller Myotomy
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic RFA Ablation

He is currently the Bariatric Medical Director of the Foundation Surgical Hospital of San Antonio. He recently served as the Chief of Surgery at the Methodist Specialty Transplant Hospital of San Antonio. He has also been featured on many news channels discussing his expertise in weight loss surgery. Dr Duperier is currently a member of the following:

  • Bexar County Medical Association
  • American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Dr. Duperier enjoys exercising, fishing, and spending time with his family. If you would like to see a weight loss surgery seminar led by Dr. Duperier, please click here.

If you would like to learn more about bariatric surgery options with renowned San Antonio bariatric surgeons at BMI of Texas, please call us to learn about your options. Feel free to contact Dr. Duperier with any questions at