Peter R. Gottlieb
Former Executive Chairman and CEO
American Institute of Gastric Banding
After starting his career in commercial banking, Peter was named Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas Medical and Surgical Clinic. As the largest multi-specialty physician group in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Dallas Medical offered a wide range of ancillary services including an ambulatory surgery center, extensive radiological services, and clinical trial departments. He has worked for healthcare industry leaders in a variety of managerial and development roles. He has held executive positions with AHI Healthcare Systems and MedPartners. From 1997 through 2001, Peter was the CEO of Delos Womens Health, a venture capital backed physician practice Management Company. Peter has also done extensive consulting work with surgery centers, physician practices and hospitals.
Peter co-founded the Surgery Center of Richardson in 2003. This was the first surgery center in the United States built, equipped, and staffed specifically for bariatric surgery. In 2004, he co-founded the American Institute of Gastric Banding which then acquired the Surgery Center of Richardson and developed additional lap band surgery centers throughout Texas, Arizona, and Georgia. The American Institute of Gastric Banding was acquired by a private equity firm in 2006. In conjunction with Bain Capital, Peter returned as the CEO and President of AIGB in 2009. From 2009 through 2012, EBITDA more than tripled, leading to the acquisition of the company by United Surgical Partners.
Peter and his family became part of the Journey family after the death of his wife in 1998. Their kids were 4, 8, and 13 years old, and Journey was an important part of the family’s healing process. Peter has served several terms on the Journey of Hope Board, including as an Officer and on the Executive and Fundraising Committees.