Our Program : Staff

Center of Excellence Staff

Our multidisciplinary team provides patients with everything they need to assist them with the process. We are geared towards a concierge service for our patients, providing each of them with a Patient Advocate responsible for assisting patients with every step of the pre-operative requirements. The program includes a Bariatric Program Coordinator who is not only responsible for pre-op education but whose priority is physician outreach and communication so that your Primary Care Physician knows what is going on with the patients before and after the surgery. She will periodically give them updates on your progress. We will work with you to make the preoperative process more seamless. Our main goal is to partner with the patients physicians to ensure excellent continuity of care and communication that will allow us to provide the best possible care for our patients.

Nestor F. de la Cruz-Muñoz, MD, FACS

Dr. Nestor F. De la Cruz-Muñoz

Nestor F. de la Cruz-Muñoz, MD, FACS

Nestor F. de la Cruz-Muñoz is the chief of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery and co-director of the Center of Excellence for Laparoendoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery and associate professor in the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also the medical director for bariatric surgery at University of Miami Hospital, part of UHealth – University of Miami Health System.

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also the Founder and Surgical Director of Miami’s Surgical Weight Loss Institute. He has has focused his practice in general, bariatric, and advanced laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz received his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine after graduating with a BS in biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his residency in general surgery at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, becoming chief resident in 1999.

A fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is also a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery. He is Board Certified in General Surgery. He is also a member of The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS).

Dr. de la Cruz-Muñoz is renowned nationally and internationally in the fields of bariatric and general surgery. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards and given many presentations. He was recently appointed to the Bariatric Surgical Review Committee, where he will work with other practicing bariatric surgeons to identify hospitals that meet the requirements to become Centers of Excellence.

Melissa S. Cuesta-Gonzalez, LPN

Melissa S. Cuesta-Gonzalez, LPN

Melissa S. Cuesta-Gonzalez, LPN

With almost ten years experience in the medical field, Melissa S. Cuesta-Gonzalez, LPN, CST is an integral member of the Surgical Weight Loss Institute team. Her current position as Bariatric Program Coordinator keeps her on the frontline of the practice. She works hand-in-hand with all bariatric patients, educating them about everything from weight loss procedures and health insurance to post-operative expectations and implementing life changes.