Dr. Faisal Qureshi knows just how serious the obesity crisis is for teens. He sees young patients whose weight has put them at risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease at an early age. He also knows how excess weight can affect a teen’s ability to sleep, concentrate and participate in activities, as well as how it can lead to alcoholism, depression and drug abuse.
“We have failed our kids in this nation,” he says. “We have allowed up to 30 percent of our children to become overweight or obese.”
For obese teens, the solution to losing the excess weight is not necessarily diet and exercise.
“I know how difficult it is for me to lose a few pounds,” says Dr.Qureshi, a pediatric bariatric surgeon at Children's Health℠. “It’s not appropriate to expect a teenager, who has not had any experience in eating in a healthy way, to lose 40, 50 or 60 pounds through a diet and exercise program alone.”
Pediatric bariatric surgery is a way to help overweight and obese teens not only get rid of unhealthy extra weight, but improve their overall health and self-esteem.
“By performing the right weight-loss surgery for each teen, we help them get rid of the illnesses associated with obesity and empower them to reclaim their lives,” he says.
Dr. Qureshi, who followed in his father’s footsteps to become a doctor, most enjoys the opportunity to be a lifelong supporter of both teens and families in leading healthier lives.
“When we treat a teen, we also treat the family,” he explains. “Often, parents of obese teens feel a burden and anxiety over their child’s health problems. The teen feels the burden of failure. We get them through that, first with the surgery. Then we support them with help in adopting and living a healthier lifestyle.
“I hope that we are able to prevent obesity in children, but for those that are already struggling, I am glad we have some method to help them.”
A self-confessed techno-geek, Dr. Qureshi is working with manufacturers of the types of health monitoring devices found in supermarkets and drugstores to develop a similar technology for his patients. He expects this will make it more convenient for his patients to keep him posted with their health data, and help him better monitor his patients as they work toward their healthy weight goals.
“This is how I will make it easier for my patients to keep me up to date on their progress after surgery,” he says. “They will be able to go to their local pharmacy or supermarket, measure their biometrics, and that data will automatically go to their health record at my office."
Dr. Qureshi is certified in pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan and completed two surgical research fellowships at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland and at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After completing his general surgery residency at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens, he completed a pediatric surgery research fellowship in Pittsburgh. He then completed fellowships in minimally invasive bariatric surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, surgical critical care at the University of Southern California and finally pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Dr. Qureshi, an associate professor of surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Outside of his practice, he enjoys biking and spending time with his wife, who is also a doctor, and his children.
Education and Training
- Medical School
- Aga Khan University Medical College (1993)
- New York Hospital Medical Cent (2002), General Surgery
- Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles (2008), Pediatric Surgery
Keck School of Medicine Office of Graduate Med Edu (2006), Surgical Critical Care
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine - GME (2005), Robotic Surgery
- Graduate School
- George Washington University (2015)
- Board Certification
- American Board of Surgery/Pediatric Surgery