Robert B. Lim

DSC_6694_LimRobert B. Lim, MD is a General Surgeon on active duty in the United States Army. He specializes in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery, which includes robotics, single-incision laparoscopic, and bariatric surgery. He did his fellowship training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School.

His academic career focuses on obesity care, surgical education, surgical simulation, and patient safety. He is on the Board of Governors at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgery and holds the rank of Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Lim founded the Society of Military Surgeons and produced the first ever tri-service military surgical symposium in 2014.

He has been deployed to the combat zone 5 times including the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has served on Forward Surgical Teams, in the Combat Hospitals, and on the GHOST-T surgical team (Golden Hour Offset Surgical Trauma-Team) with the Special Forces. He helped revitalize the Excelsior Surgical Society, which is a tri-service military society that originated during World War II under the guidance of Winston Churchill.

Dr. Lim is a proud graduate of the Phillips Exeter Academy and Davidson College, where he majored in Studio Art while on an ROTC scholarship. He enjoys competitive tennis and coaching his children in sports. He is very grateful for all that God has given him but he is most thankful for his beautiful, gracious, supportive, nurturing, and talented wife.

Selected Publications

Lim RB, Jones DB, Blackburn GL. “Benchmarking Best Practices in Weight Loss Surgery”. Current Problems in Surgery, 47(2): 69-176. Feb 2010

Lim RB, Jones DB: Chapter on “Complications of Weight Loss Surgery and Repair” for Mastery of Surgery, sixth edition, editor Fisher J, Feb 2012

Lim RB, Rehrig S, “Contaminated Mesh Hernia Repair” chapter for Masters of Techniques in Surgery textbook, editor Jones D, 2013

Lim RB. Chapter on “Patient Safety” for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery textbook on Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, November 2014

Lim RB. “Surgery in Natural Disasters, Combat, Terrorist Attacks, and Crisis Situations” Springer, Inc, New York, December 2015

Lim RB, Jones DB. Surgery Examination and Board Review McGraw-Hill Education, 2016