Joseph Colella, MD

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Full Name: Joseph James Colella, MD
Age: 52
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Specialty: Robotic Bariatric Surgeon and Nutrition Expert

Place of Practice: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburg, PA

Why did you want to become a doctor?

I wanted to be a surgeon since grade school because I thought it would be cool to help others by directly repairing their problems and wearing cool clothes while doing so.

What sets you apart from other doctors in your field?

I use a high-tech robot to perform gastric bypass. The results are fantastic thanks to 3D vision and digitally precise suturing.

What are your 5 tips for living longer? 

  1. Be confident in yourself. A confident person is better able to both avoid stressful situations and better able to handle them when they nonetheless occur.
  2. Eat as many tomatoes and blueberries as you can.
  3. Ring the alarm at 7 pounds overweight. Five pounds is unrealistic, but once you hit 7, you are on a slippery slope towards an out-of-control waistline and a closer relationship with your primary care physician.
  4. Take time to enjoy your children more. Every day with them is a blessing and they provide an amazing reflection of who you really are.
  5. Stay focused on the good things in your life. Stressing over most of the problems that you have only makes them seem larger.