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Mass. obesity surgeon’s license suspended

After a review lasting months, state board cites a pattern of negligence

Dr. Sheldon Randall has been king of obesity surgery in Massachusetts, running booming programs at three hospitals and training young Harvard surgeons as the operation became a popular option for profoundly overweight patients.

He has performed more than 6,000 weight-loss operations in his 30-year career — nearly one every weekday — and been featured in marketing campaigns by two suburban hospital systems. Under Randall’s leadership, their bariatric surgery programs were designated national centers of excellence by surgeons’ groups.

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