Dr. Arias is a graduated from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, where he went to the medical school and did his general surgery residency.
He has been part of the staff of surgeons at Fundación Valle del Lili since 1998 and made part of its Nutritional Support Team for eight years. On 2002 he became chief of the Emergency Service of this institution until 2006, and implemented an Emergency residency program with the CES. His experience with the nutritional support group has been an important asset in the postoperatory management of the bariatric patients.
This surgeon had his training experience at Fundación Valle del Lili in Cali, the Cleveland Clinic in the United States, and in Brazil with one of the major bariatric surgery groups of Latin America.
He is also member of important national and international medical associations: American Society for Bariatric Surgeons (ASBS), International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), and Asociación Colombiana de Nutrición Clínica.
Dr. Arias has participated in different international and national medical courses and congresses. His papers have also been published in national and international journals.