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Dr. Hugh Babineau

Hugh P. Babineau, MD, FACS, FASMBS, is a board-certified bariatric surgeon who practices at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Tyler. For most patients with obesity and related conditions, bariatric surgery remains the most effective intervention for improving their overall health.

He developed an interest in the surgical treatment of obesity during medical school and residency. While his primary specialty is bariatric surgery, he also specializes in other advanced laparoscopic surgeries and minimally invasive abdominal procedures, such as laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair, ventral hernia repair and splenectomies.

His personal interests include cycling, walking his dogs, playing tennis, teaching Sunday school to kindergarteners and serving on the board of directors for Hope Haven of East Texas.

Dr. Hugh Babineau

Dr. Charles Keith

Charles J. Keith, Jr., MD, is a bariatric surgeon who practices at UT Health East Texas Physicians in Tyler. Dr. Keith believes “the care for each patient must be individualized to that patient’s health goals. There should be no ‘one-size-fits-all’ care plan.”

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Keith was inspired to devote his career to obesity when he discovered that the benefits of bariatric surgery extend far beyond weight loss. He performs sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, duodenal switch, revisional bariatric surgery, and endoscopic therapies at the UT Health Tyler Bariatric Center. He also is trained in anti-reflux surgery, other disease processes of the foregut, and all areas of general surgery, including cholecystectomy and hernia repair. 

Dr. Charles Keith


UT Health Tyler Bariatric Staff


Surgeries are performed at UT Health Tyler, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) as a Comprehensive Center - the highest level available. The facility is also accredited for pediatric and adolescent bariatric surgery.