Meet the Surgeons

Our team has been performing bariatric procedures since 2003. Surgical Weight Management Associates has by far the most comprehensive bariatric program in the Louisiana tri-parish area and has a success rate that is higher than the national average. We have a proven surgical record and our weight loss results are unmatched. Our surgeons have the most experience with conversion from Lap Band to Sleeve Gastrectomy.

Servicing the community for over forty years, our surgeons also practice general surgery at Bayou Surgical Specialists, the largest surgery group in the tri-parish area. We utilize the most current and advanced techniques to perform surgeries of the breast, colon, gallbladder, thyroid, and bowel, colonoscopies, trauma and cancer surgery.  A compassionate and efficient staff, with physicians skilled in advanced laparoscopic, minimally invasive surgical techniques, our goal is exceptional surgical care for every patient.

 

Dr. Frederick Rau

  • General, Vascular, and Thoracic /Advanced Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgeon
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity / American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member

Dr. Eric Rau

  • General, Vascular, and Thoracic / Advanced Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgeon
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity / American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member

Dr. Donald P. Schwab, Jr.
M.D. F.A.C.S.

Doctor Schwab completed undergraduate in Pre-Med Biology at Nicholls State University in 1992. He then went on to medical school at LSUNO and graduated in 1996. He completed two years residency at LSU followed by residency at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville South Carolina.

  • General and Thoracic/ Advanced Laparoscopic/ Bariatric Surgeon
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity / American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member

Dr. David J. Rau M.D.

Dr. David Rau completed undergraduate studies at Nicholls State University and went on to post graduate studies in medicine at LSU. He finished in 1984 and continued his residency at LSU affiliate hospital caring for patients through the LSU system. He gained vast experience in trauma and general surgery. Dr. David was also named outstanding Resident of the year for four of the five years and served as chief administrative Resident in 1988

  • General and Thoracic/ Advanced Laparoscopic / Bariatric Surgeon International
  • Federation for the Surgery of Obesity/American Society for Bariatric Surgery Member.