SmartShape Surgeons

Dr. Chris Cobourn

A fellowship-trained General Surgeon, Dr. Chris Cobourn has extensive training and experience in the use and placement of the LAP-BAND™ as well as performance of Gastric Sleeve, Mini Gastric Bypass and Revision surgeries.

In 1991, he introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Mississauga area, and since then has been focusing his time and practice on advanced laparoscopic surgery. Currently, he is a General Surgeon at Trillium Health Center and the CEO of SmartShape Weight Loss Centre in Mississauga.

His expertise in advanced laparoscopic procedures include LAP-BAND™, Gastric Sleeve and Revision surgery, gall bladder removal, hernia repair, advanced bowel surgery and spleen removal. In addition to his active practice in advanced laparoscopic surgery, he also specializes in Surgical Oncology, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic surgery and has full hospital privileges at the Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga.

As an internationally respected and sought after speaker, Dr. Cobourn is honored to receive the opportunity to speak to the medical community on various topics regarding obesity and weight loss programs offered at Smartshape. In 2011, he was invited to speak at the two most prestigious international obesity conferences, the 2nd Annual Obesity Summit and the XVI World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders in Hamburg, Germany and continues to speak at National and International meetings.

Currently, he is serving on expert committees and panels to establish worldwide standards and practices for bariatric surgery.

1983 Completed Medical School at Western University
1988 Completed surgical residency at the University of
Toronto and began surgical practice in Mississauga
1991 Introduced laparoscopic surgery to the Mississauga area
1995 – 2006 Chief of Surgery at the Trillium Health Centre
2005 Founded SWLC
2013 Became CEO of Smartshape Weight Loss Centre in association with Centric Health

Member | Canadian Obesity Network – Réseau Canadien en Obésité (CON-RCO)
2004 – Present (12 years)

Member | American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
2004 – Present (12 years)

Chief of Surgery | Trillium Health Centre
1995 – 2006 (11 years) | Mississauga, Ontario
Led the amalgamation of the Departments of Surgery of Mississauga Hospital and Queensway General Hospital to become the Trillium Health Centre

Dr. Chris Cobourn and the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre officially earned the title of Canada’s first Centre of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (COEMBS) in recognition of the high quality patient care and safety demonstrated at its centre for over 10 years.

Dr. Chris Cobourn is also the first surgeon in Canada to receive the Master Surgeon in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (MSMBS) as well as the Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SOEMBS) designations. These were awarded to him in recognition of the truly excellent patient care that he provides time and again through his work at the SmartShape Weight Loss Centre.

The Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is a distinguished and respected leader in accreditation programs for quality surgical care and various disciplines.

Dr. Neil Orzech

Dr. Neil Orzech is a Royal College Board-certified surgeon, specializing in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and General Surgery at our Centric Health Surgical Toronto.

Dr. Orzech graduated with his Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the University of Ottawa Medical School. He also holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Toronto. He was a Research Fellow within the division of Toronto General Hospital’s Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education and was a Resident Researcher for the University of Toronto’s Surgeon Scientist and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Clinical Investigator Program.

He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Toronto followed by a Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.

Dr. Orzech has co-authored 10 peer-reviewed publications and holds numerous awards including: The Harrison Award for Excellence in Teaching, Division of General Surgery Teaching Award for Surgical Excellence and the University Health Network “Sopman” Humanitarian Award

1999 Completed Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario
2005 Completed Doctorate of Medicine University of Ottawa Medical School
2009 Completed Master’s In Education University of Toronto
2009 Research Fellow -Wilson Centre for Research in Medical Education, Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Ontario
2009 Resident Researcher – Surgeon Scientist and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario Clinical Investigator Program, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
2011 Residency – General Surgery, University of Toronto
2012 Completed Fellowship -Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, University of Vermont

Member | Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Association for Surgical Education, American College of Surgeons, Canadian Association of General Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Ontario Medical Association

Dr. Orzech is affiliated with Centric Health Surgical Centre, Toronto Ontario. 

Dr. Ashley Vergis

Dr. Ashley Vergis completed his Doctor of Medicine (2002) and residency in general surgery (2008) at the University of Manitoba while concurrently earning a Masters of Medical Education through the University of Dundee, Scotland. He then completed a clinical fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto after obtaining his Canadian and American Board Certifications in general surgery.

He currently is an Associate Professor of surgery at the University of Manitoba. He is also the minimally invasive and bariatric surgery fellowship program director, postgraduate surgical skills director, and the clinical lead for the provincial bariatric surgery program. Dr. Vergis’ clinical and research interests focus on laparoscopic/bariatric surgery and surgical education. He has co-authored more then 30 peer-reviewed publications and multiple text-book chapters. Additionally, he regularly lectures presents his findings at national and international specialty meetings.


  • Canadian Association of Bariatric Physicians and Surgeons
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Association for Surgical Education
  • Canadian Association of Gastroenterology
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Canadian Association of General Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • Canadian Medical Association



  • 2004 – 2007 Master of Medical Education, University of Dundee, Scotland
  • 1998 – 2002 Doctor of Medicine, University of Manitoba
  • 1995 – 1998 Bachelor of Science, University of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Specialty Training

  • 2008-2009 Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Toronto
  • 2003 – 2008 General Surgery, University of Manitoba
  • 2002 – 2003 General Surgery Intern, University of Saskatchewan
  • 2008-2009 Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Toronto


  • 2016 Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery
  • 2011 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • 2008 Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery
  • 2008 Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada
  • 2008 Certified Specialist General Surgery (RCPSC)
  • 2003 Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada

Dr. Vergis is affiliated with the Maples Surgical Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.