Medical Journal - Houston (Internet / Print) May 2006 The 71 patients who had weight loss surgery at UTMB at least three months ago have lost a total of 5,174 pounds, more than two and one-half-tons, according to Dr. Michael Trahan, surgical director for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Center for Weight Management. Dr. Trahan recently completed the center’s 100th bariatric surgery. “Our first 12 patients are a total of 1,236 pounds lighter,” Trahan said. “I’m proud of these people and I’m proud of our program.” The Center for Weight Management, established in July 2004, provides options for people who are at least 100 pounds overweight. Such individuals are at a higher risk for developing an array of life-threatening diseases. “Obesity is a cruel and persistent disease with no quick fix,” Trahan said.