Dr Kona Lakshmi Kumari has been in the field of Surgical Gastroenterology for about 2 decades and has accumulated immense experience and expertise in Minimal Access, Bariatric and Metabolic Surgical procedures. She completed her MBBS and MS (Gen Surgery) in the years 1992 and 1997 respectively from S.C.B Medical, Cuttack. She has been trained in Bariatric surgery at NUH, Singapore and Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA. Dr Lakshmi has a keen interest in research & academics and enjoys mentoring the beginners in Minimally Access Surgery. She is also an active participant in various medical forums and conferences. She held the position of the Vice President of IAGES, Central Zone through the years 2008-2010 & 2010-2012 and was the Organizing Secretary for OSSICON–2009 and FIAGES, Hyderabad – 2010 & 2012.