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Dr. Richard Stahl

Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Program Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship

Areas of Interest
surgical treatment of obesity and metabolically related diseases; minimally invasive and open gastric bypass surgery, adjustable gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy


An Alabama resident since childhood, Dr. Stahl attended Auburn University where he graduated with highest honors and a BS in biology. He received his M.D. degree from The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, and completed his internship and surgery residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham. He entered private practice in 1994, ultimately forming Cahaba Valley Surgical Group, and practiced a full range of general surgery including gastrointestinal, breast, thyroid, and parathyroid diseases. However, he gradually focused most of his attention on bariatric surgery. Initially performing the open gastric bypass procedure, Dr. Stahl was one of only a few surgeons in the state offering this operation. Following the footsteps of Drs. Henry Laws and Ronnie Clements, Dr. Stahl became one of the first Alabama surgeons to offer laparoscopic gastric bypass. As his bariatric practice grew, so did his interest in weight loss surgery and the metabolic effects of such surgery. Recruited from private practice and into academic medicine, he joined the faculty at UAB in 2010 as the medical director of bariatric surgery. His other professional interest is surgical education, and he has been the director of the clerkship in surgery at UAB since 2011. He received the Faculty Teaching Award given by the surgery residents in 2012 and 2013. Dr. Stahl is married to Dr. Elizabeth Stahl, an endocrinologist, and has three children.

Selected Publications

Corey B, Stahl, RD, (in print). Glycemic Control and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction After Bariatric Surgery. In J. Cameron and A. Cameron (Eds.), Current Surgical Therapy (12th Edition, pp. ____). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Wilcox CM, Stahl R, Romancing the Stone (editorial). Digestive Endoscopy, (accepted for publication 8/19/2015)

Fang L, Guo F, Zhou L, Stahl R, Grams J. The cell size and distribution of adipocytes from subcutaneous and visceral fat is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus in humans. Adipocyte, April, 2015.

Gullick AA, Graham LA, Richman J, Kakade M, Stahl RD, Grams J. Association of Race and Socioeconomic Status on Outcomes Following Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. Obesity Surgery, April, 2015.

Obeid A, McNeal S, Breland M, Stahl R, Clements RH, Grams J. Internal Hernia after Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. J Gastrointest Surg (2014) 18:250–256.

Mönkemüller K, Sugandha S, Toshniwal J, Popa D, Zabielski M, Stahl R, Ramesh J, Wilcox CM. Multipurpose use of the “bear claw” (over-the-scope-clip, OTSC-system) to treat endoluminal gastrointestinal disorders. Dig Endosc. 2014 May;26(3):350-7).

Obeid A MD, Long JW MD, Kakade M MPH, Clements RH MD, Stahl R MD, Grams J MD-PhD. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass: Long Term Clinical Outcomes. Surg Endosc. 2012 Dec;26(12):3515-20.

Hunter J, Stahl RD, Kakade M, Breitman I, Grams J, Clements RH. Effectiveness of Thoracoscopic Truncal Vagotomy in the Treatment of Marginal Ulcers after Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass. The American Surgeon, June 2012, Vol. 78.

Stahl RD, Sherer RA, et al. Comparison of 21 vs. 25 mm Gastrojejunostomy in the Gastric Bypass Procedure--Early Results. Obes Surg. 2000 Dec;10(6):540-542.


Medical School
University of Alabama

Carraway Methodist Medical Center
General Surgery


Campus Address
Kracke Building 428

Patient Appointments and Questions: 205-975-3000
Academic Office: 205-934-8047