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Dr. Ulvi Budak has a dedicated, experienced, local team of professionals looking after his patients, including practise / Bariatric nurse, practising accredited dietician, personal trainer and psychologist. Obesity is a chronic disease and requires multidisciplinary care. This ensures that help and support is available at short notice, whenever needed. We strongly believe in and advocate multidisciplinary care. Ongoing support and education is critical in getting optimal results.


MD FRACS, Surgeon

Dr. Ulvi Budak an advanced laparoscopic surgeon with specialist training in Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) and Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery. He obtained his undergraduate degree in South Western Sydney surgical rotations including Liverpool, St Vincent’s and Wollongong Hospitals.

His post fellowship training in upper GI surgery was in Westmead and Canberra Hospitals. He had further Bariatric Surgery training at the Alfred, Melbourne, Mercy Bariatrics, Perth, St George Private Hospital, Sydney and Brisbane. He has established “The Illawarra Institute of Obesity Surgery” in 2003 and has been working in Wollongong as a General/Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon since 2003.

His main interests are weight loss surgery, oesophago-gastric surgery and advanced laparoscopic surgery including hernia, gall bladder and anti-reflux surgery. He also does endoscopies and colonoscopies.

He has performed over 4500 laparoscopic procedures and more than 1000 weight loss surgeries. He only works in Illawarra and operates at The Wollongong & Shellharbour Public Hospitals, Figtree and Wollongong Private Hospitals.


MBBS, FANZCA, Specialist Bariatric Anaesthetist

Upper and lower G.I. surgery
Urological surgery
Orthopaedic surgery