With over 20 years of experience as a board-certified general surgeon, Dr. Donald Balder specializes in helping patients with weight loss and achieving their aesthetic goals. Dr. Balder graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a degree in chemistry. He then went on to obtain his medical degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago and completed his surgery residency at Brown University in Rhode Island. Dr. Balder is dedicated to bringing his knowledge and expertise to as many people as possible, which is why he holds state licensure in Mississippi, Louisiana, and South Carolina. He maintains board certification with the American College of Surgeons and has received the designation of a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Dr. Balder has always been at the forefront of weight loss advancements. By performing the first laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure in South Carolina, as well as pioneering several minimally invasive surgeries and weight loss programs, Dr. Balder is a proven pioneer in weight loss techniques. Now, after founding the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery in 2016, Dr. Balder has expanded to include locations in the Gulf Coast of Mississippi & Alabama and Slidell, LA so he can help even more people attain their goals and become healthier.
Throughout his career, numerous awards and accolades have been given to Dr. Balder, including a designation from the Surgical Review Corporation as an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons Center of Excellence Surgeon and several Center of Distinction Awards given by United Healthcare, Aetna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
With a holistic approach as the cornerstone of his practice, Dr. Balder is dedicated and passionate about helping patients regain their best life. He is caring and compassionate and strives to deliver the highest quality of patient care available. As a general surgeon, he is skilled in not only helping people with their weight loss and aesthetic needs but can provide well-rounded care to help you reach optimal health and maintain it so you can feel your best.