Dr. Marcus Kyle Free, MD
Medical Director, Bio
1985 H.S. diploma, C.E. King High School, Houston, Texas. College-preparatory courses. Track and Field.
1990 B.S., Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas. Biology and English majors. Endowed Academic
Scholar. Gymnast. President’s Award for Outstanding Senior Student. President, Student Body/Senate.
1994 M.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
1994-1999 General surgery residency, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
2000 Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication proctoring, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
2001 Laparoscopic colectomy training workshop, University of Texas San Antonio.
2001 Laparoscopic CBDE training workshop, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
2001 Laparoscopic bariatric training workshops, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
2001 Essentials of Bariatric Surgery course, American Society of Bariatric Surgery.
2001 Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LapBand) training, BioEnterics Corp.; proctored.
2001 Proctored in laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass.
2008 Proctored in general and laparoscopic surgery, St. Joseph Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan.
2010 Training in Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, EndoGastrics Solutions, Chicago, Illinois.
2010 Certification in Protecting Human Research Participants, National Institutes of Health.
2014 Training in laparoscopic gastric plication procedure, Miami, Florida.
2000 to 2008 Marcus K. Free, M.D., P.A./South Texas Bariatrics, Corpus Christi, Texas. General and bariatric surgery.
2008 to 2012 McKenzie Memorial Hospital, Sandusky, Michigan. Employed staff physician, general surgery.
2010 to 2012 Great Lakes Medical Aesthetics, Sandusky, Michigan. Medical Director.
2010 to 2012 Blue Water Medical, PLLC, Port Huron, Michigan. Owner/President performing independent medical evaluations, peer review consulting.
2012 to 2014 Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac, Michigan. Employed staff physician, general surgery.
2014 ongoing Harbor Shores Medical, PLLC, St. Joseph, Michigan. Owner/Medical Director of independent
medical practice and medical spa facility performing medical weight loss, non-surgical facial
rejuvenation, and hormone replacement therapy.
2012 ongoing PRIUM, Atlanta, Georgia. Remotely performing workman’s compensation peer review cases
involving orthopedic surgery, general surgery, plastic surgery, physical therapy, psychiatric, and
chronic pain management areas.
2012 to 2015 Medical Audit and Review Solutions, Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania. Remotely performed
complex RAC medical reviews for Region D. Acquired by Multiplan, Inc. in 2015.
2015 ongoing Multiplan, Inc., Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Remotely performing complex RAC reviews for
Region D, commercial payment/cost auditing (prepay), and special physician review projects
including for the Department of Justice. Medical Audit and Review Solutions, Inc. acquired by
Multiplan, Inc. in 2015.
2017 ongoing Medical Director, Must Cure Obesity CO. Independent medical oversight of the Healthy Weight BOOTCAMP (non-surgical weight reduction regimen designed for safer & better results than any of the bariatric surgeries.
2016 ongoing Private direct patient care with telemedicine platforms HealthTap, PushHealth, and Doxy.me. Lab
reviews, general health problems, medical weight loss, second opinions for general and bariatric
Corpus Christi Medical Center, Corpus Christi, Texas. Active privileges 2000-2008.
McKenzie Health System, Sandusky, Michigan. Active privileges 2008-2012.
Deckerville Community Hospital, Deckerville, Michigan. Courtesy privileges 2008-2013.
Borgess Health System/Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac, Michigan. Active privileges 2012-2014.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Western Michigan University School of Medicine, Kalamazoo
Vice-Chief of Staff, McKenzie Health System, 2009-2010.
Chief of Staff/Chair of Medical Executive Committee, McKenzie Health System, 2010-2012.
Chief of Surgery, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, 2012-2014.
Vice Chief of Staff, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, 2012-2013.
Chief of Staff/Chair of Credentialing Committee, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, 2013-2014.
Medical Director, Metabolic, and Bariatric Surgery Program, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, 2013-2014.
Medical Aesthetics / Independent Practice
Medical Director of Blue Water Medical, PLLC / Great Lakes Aesthetics performing Botox injections, Juvederm
injections, sclerotherapy, and supervising chemical peels (PCA) by aesthetician, Port Huron, Michigan. Medical
Director of Harbor Shores Medical, PLLC in St. Joseph, Michigan, performing independent medical practice and
non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures, including Kybella, Juvederm, Voluma, Belotero, Bellafill, Botox, and
Xeomin, medical weight loss.
Principal Investigator and surgeon for an IRB-approved prospective controlled clinical trial comparing
conventional medical treatment to the surgical treatment of non-morbidly obese patients with Type 2 diabetes
mellitus with the laparoscopic duodenal exclusion procedure: www.clinicaltrials.gov, Clinical trial identifier
NCT01323114: The Surgical Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Non-Morbidly Obese Patients.
Co-Investigator of current retrospective study of safety and efficacy of a novel surgical procedure for the
treatment of severe gastroesophageal reflux disease in obese patients: laparoscopic partial fundoplication with
hiatal hernia repair and partial greater curve plication (pre-publication).
Clinical Expertise and Accomplishments
Developed a comprehensive bariatric treatment program (South Texas Bariatrics) in Corpus Christi, Texas at
Corpus Christi Medical Center with extensive nursing and OR personnel training, dedicated anesthesiology and
OR team, nutritional and psychological support team; first surgeon in Texas trained in LapBandTM placement after
FDA approval; first surgeon in south Texas to perform LapBandTM and lap-RYGB procedures. Areas of
proficiency include general and advanced laparoscopic surgical practice including upper and lower endoscopy,
laparoscopic inguinal and ventral/incisional hernias, laparoscopic cholecystectomy, laparoscopic Nissen
fundoplication, endoscopic gastric fundoplication (TIF), laparoscopic colon resection, laparoscopic R-Y gastric bypass and the Lap-BandTM procedures for morbid obesity, laparoscopic small bowel resection/bypass, pediatric surgery, surgical intensive care and trauma, anorectal disorders. Performs independent peer reviews on a consulting basis. Previously, host of weekly radio program “Ask the Surgeon” covering a variety of surgical diseases, treatments, and innovations. Provides bio-identical hormone replacement with implantable pellet therapy. Medical weight loss program for non-surgical candidates. Telemedicine consults for general medical conditions, medical weight loss, second opinions for bariatric and general surgical procedures.
Areas of Proficiency
Advanced laparoscopy of the esophagus, foregut, midgut, colon/rectum, hernia
Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, including Lap-BandTM and laparoscopic Roux-en Y gastric bypass
Trauma, including thoracic, vascular, abdominal, and pediatric
Endoscopy, upper and lower including therapeutic/interventional
Medical aesthetics, including injectables, peels, and sclerotherapy
Hormone replacement therapy (BHRT)
Medical/surgical peer review consultation and independent medical evaluations
Medical weight loss program
Certifications & Licensure
American Board of Surgery, Certificate 058740
American Board of Obesity Medicine, certifying examination 2/2018
Michigan physician permit
Texas physician permit
American Society For Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
International Federation For Surgery for Obesity
Obesity Medicine Association
The Obesity Society
International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine
Michael E. Debakey International Surgical Society
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