Vance L. Albaugh, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Metabolic Surgery
Assistant Professor

  • Metabolic Surgery Lab
(225) 330-0497
(225) 330-0498
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BS, Biology, Coastal Carolina University, 2003
PhD, Physiology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 2009
MD, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 2011

Residency, General Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2011-2019
Postdoctoral Research Training, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 2014-2017
Postdoctoral Clinical Training, Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, 2019-2020


Dr. Albaugh is a physician-scientist with an active research program and clinical practice in metabolic and bariatric surgery. His major research interests are clinical and pre-clinical models of obesity and diabetes, as well as the mechanisms underlying the metabolic effects of surgical weight loss, bile acid metabolism, and the role of the gastrointestinal tract as an endocrine organ and metabolic regulator. Clinically, Dr. Albaugh is also particularly interested in preoperative identification of responders/non-responders to metabolic surgery and optimizing weight loss and other clinical metabolic benefits.


Flynn CR, Albaugh VL, Cai S, Cheung-Flynn J, Adcock J, Chen S, Williams PE, Brucker RM, Bordenstein SR, Wasserman DH, Abumrad NN. Bile diversion to the distal small intestine has comparable metabolic benefits to bariatric surgery. Nature Communications 2015 6:7715. (PMCID: PMC4518285)

Albaugh VL, Flynn CR, Cai S, Xiao Y, Tamboli RA, Abumrad NN. Early increases in plasma bile acids post Roux-en-Y gastric bypass are driven by insulin sensitizing, secondary bile acids. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2015 100(9): E1225-1233 (PMCID: PMC4570157)

Tamboli RA, Sidani RM, Garcia AE, Antoun J, Isbell JM, Albaugh VL, Abumrad NN. Jejunal administration of glucose enhances acyl ghrelin suppression in obese humans. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism 2016 Jul 1;311(1):E252-9. doi: 10.1152/ajpendo.00082.2016. Epub 2016 Jun 7. (PMCID: PMC4967145).

Tamboli RA, Antoun J, Sidani RM, Clements BA, Eckert EA, Marks-Shulman P, Williams DB, Clements RH, Albaugh VL, Abumrad NN. Metabolic responses to exogenous ghrelin in obesity and early after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass in humans. Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism 2017 Mar 27. doi: 10.1111/dom.12952. (PMCID: PMC5568950).

Reddy IA, Erreger K, Ghose D, Saunders C, Turner BD, Poe A, Albaugh VL, Hackett TA, Grueter BA, Abumrad NN, Flynn CR, Galli A. Bile Diversion, a bariatric surgery, reduces central cocaine reward through altering circulating bile acids. PLoS Biology 2018; 16(7):e2006682 (PMID: 30048457).

Albaugh VL, Banan B, Antoun J, Xiong Y, Guo Y, Ping J, Alikhan M, Clements AB, Abumrad NN, Flynn CR. Role of Bile Acids and GLP-1 in Mediating the Metabolic Improvements of Bariatric Surgery. Gastroenterology 2019; 156(4):1041-1051.e4. (PMCID: PMC6409186)

Flynn CR, Albaugh VL, Tamboli RA, Bosompem A, Sidani RM, Winnick JJ. Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery improves hepatic glucose metabolism and reduces plasma Kisspeptin levels in morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes. American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology 2019 Nov 11. doi:10.1152/ajpgi.00224.2019 (PMID: 31709832)

Zhang JB, Tamboli RA, Albaugh VL, Grijalva CG, Abumrad NN, Shibao CA. The Incidence of Orthostatic Intolerance After Bariatric Surgery. Obesity Science & Practice 2019;6(1):76–83. Published 2019 Dec 6. doi:10.1002/osp4.383 (PMCID: PMC7042102)

Albaugh VL, Flynn CR, Tamboli RA, Abumrad NN. Recent Advances in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. F1000Research 2016 May 24;5. pii: F1000 Faculty Rev-978. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.7240.1. eCollection 2016. Invited Review. (PMCID: PMC4879937).

Albaugh VL, Banan B, Ajouz H, Abumrad NN, Flynn CR. Bile acids and bariatric surgery. Molecular Aspects of Medicine 2017 Apr 5. pii: S0098-2997(16)30118-2. doi: 10.1016/j.mam.2017.04.001. (PMCID: PMC5603298)

Albaugh VL and Abumrad NN. Surgical Treatment of Obesity. F1000Research 2018, 7(F1000 Faculty Rev):617 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.13515.1) (PMID: 29904577)

Albaugh VL, Schauer PR, Aminian A. How the Sleeve Works (Metabolically). In: The Perfect Sleeve Gastrectomy: A Clinical Guide to Evaluation, Treatment, and Techniques. 1st Edition. Eds. Gagner M., Cardoso A., Palermo M., Noel P., Nocca D. Springer, Cham.

English WJ and Albaugh VL. Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. In: Primary Care Obesity. 1st Edition. Eds. Kushner, Bessesen, and Tsai. (in press)


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