Services at Banner Gateway Medical Center  

Meet our Providers


Banner Gateway Medical Center is proud to introduce our bariatric surgeons, all of whom are trained in the latest techniques for weight-loss surgery.

Dr. David Podkameni

David Podkameni, MD
Medical Director, Banner Gateway Weight Loss Center
Dr. Podkameni completed his laparoscopy/minimally invasive training at the Cleveland Clinic and is board-certified in general and pediatric surgery. He has written several medical and surgical textbooks and papers.

Al Chen, MD

Al Chen, MD
Chief of Surgery, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Dr. Chen received his medical degree from the University of  Pennsylvania, completed residency training at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, served as a trauma surgeon at Luke Air Force Base, and completed a fellowship in bariatrics/advanced laparoscopy at Carolinas Medical Center.

Dr. Emil Graf

Emil Graf IV, MD
Dr. Graf earned his doctorate at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. He then completed his internship and residency through the Phoenix Integrated Surgical Residency Program. Dr. Graf then served four years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a general/trauma surgeon which included two deployments to Iraq. After an honorable discharge, he completed his minimally invasive surgery/bariatric training at St Luke’s Health System in Kansas City.

Flavia Soto, MD, FACS

Flavia Soto, MD, FACS
A graduate of Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Dr. Flavia Soto completed her internship and residency at New York Medical College, St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan.




Banner Gateway Bariatric Center
Gateway Medical Pavilion

1920 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 543-2606

Support Groups and Info Sessions are held at
Banner Gateway Medical Center

1900 N. Higley Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234
(480) 543-2000
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