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Naresh Ahuja, MD, FASMBS

Dr. Ahuja performs bariatric and all advanced laparoscopic/robotic gastrointestinal surgeries. He has been helping patients achieve their weight-loss goals since 2008 and has helped several hundred patients to recover their stolen lives. His philosophy is "to ensure patients are educated and committed for lifestyle changes.” Dr. Ahuja focuses on performing surgery with excellent results and ongoing postoperative support for life.


About Dr. Ahuja

Dr. Ahuja has developed and served as Medical Director of New Life Weight Loss Center at Herrin Hospital. He completed his internship, residency and trauma research fellowship at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. Dr. Ahuja subsequently earned his fellowship in Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal Surgery at University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), fellow with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and fellow with the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).


Surgical Highlights:

  • Performed more than 500 advanced laparoscopic procedures for complex abdominal problems
  • First to offer sleeve gastrectomy procedure in Southern Illinois
  • Bariatric experience includes over 400 weight-loss operations
  • Specializes in large diaphragmatic hernias, individuals weighing more than 400 pounds, and re-operations for corrective surgery
  • 3-year bariatric surgical mortality rate = 0%


Dr. Ahuja is based in Herrin, IL, and as a bariatric /endocrine/GI surgeon in Southern Illinois, has performed numerous surgical procedures helping individuals to achieve their personal health and weight-loss goals.

Please feel free to contact our office for consultation by calling 888.639.0033. You can also attend New Life's free bariatric surgery education seminar or attend free weekly support group meeting held at Herrin Hospital to learn more.


Deepu Sudhakaran, MD

Dr. Sudhakaran is a fellowship trained advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgeon. He completed a general surgery residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, followed by fellowships in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Greenville Hospital System/University of South Carolina in Greenville, S. C., and trauma critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.


In addition to procedures offered through New Life Weight Loss Center, Dr. Sudhakaran performs all types of advanced laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgeries, including Nissen fundoplication, hiatal/paraesophageal, inguinal and complex ventral hernias, colectomy, and endocrine surgeries, as well as upper endoscopies.


Amy Goetz, PA-C

Physician Assistant Amy Goetz holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University's Physician Assistant Program (2006, Cum Laude). Her education is supported by four years of experience at Southern Illinois Pain Management in Marion, Ill. She understands the whole of patient care, assessing patients' response to multiple and often concurrent therapies including medication management, interventional therapies and psychological counseling.


Amy Goetz is a Licensed Physician Assistant in the state of Illinois and is recognized by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants. She is ACLS, BLS, and AED certified. She is also a member of the Southern Illinois Physician Assistants Chapter.