Board-certified surgeon Dr. James Bonheur is a preeminent expert in minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and bariatric surgery. With over twenty years of experience in medicine and over ten years in bariatric surgery specifically, Dr. Bonheur brings the highest standards of medical excellence to procedures that cure disease, improve quality of life, and enhance appearance. His technical skill and sound judgment combined with his friendly demeanor have earned him a reputation for providing patients with exceptional health care. Dr. Bonheur currently leads a talented team of physicians and other medical staff at his practice A.M.I. Surgery in Stamford, Connecticut.
As Dr. Bonheur tells it, surgery was a natural career path for him:
I've always wanted to pursue a career in medicine. Once I was in medical school, I realized that I didn’t have the patience to sit and just push pills. I needed to work with my hands, and the only thing that would afford me that opportunity was surgery.
Dr. Bonheur earned his medical degree from Saba University in 1998. He went on to complete extensive training that included research and clinical positions affiliated with some of the world's most renowned medical institutions, such as Harvard University, Boston University, Columbia University, and the New York College of Medicine.
During a sabbatical from his clinical training, Dr. Bonheur completed a Vascular Research Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital along with a Surgical Research Fellowship at the Boston Medical Center. His work there focused on vein disease and culminated in the publication of his work in several prestigious medical journals and numerous presentations at national conferences including the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the American College of Surgeons Clinical Conference.
Upon completing his research fellowships, Dr. Bonheur returned to his native Connecticut where he continued his General Surgery training at the Stamford Hospital, serving as a Chief Resident in General Surgery before graduating in 2006. It was during this time that Dr. Bonheur developed an interest in emerging technologies in surgery and decided to pursue advanced training in minimally invasive surgery. In 2007, he completed a fellowship in Laparo-endoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the Danbury Hospital.
Today, Dr. Bonheur remains on the forefront of minimally invasive surgery and offers the latest in surgical techniques by blending medical knowledge with superior surgical skills to give his patients the most comprehensive care in a professional and comfortable environment. As the leader of A.M.I., Dr. Bonheur and his staff provide minimally invasive surgical treatments for weight loss and a broad range of vascular conditions. Commenting on what makes minimally invasive techniques so revolutionary, he said:
Minimally invasive techniques leave a very small footprint after surgery, so much so that if I have to operate on some of my patients for other reasons, I don't even see any evidence such as scarring from previous procedures. My patients also experience very minimal pain and discomfort. My main goal is to be able to do a large procedure on a patient and have them feel as though nothing really even happened and yet still solve their medical problem. Minimally invasive surgery allows me to do just that.
Looking to the future, Dr. Bonheur has no intentions of resting on his laurels. Under his leadership, A.M.I. has continued to grow and provide ever more patients with their signature industry-leading treatment. A.M.I. recently opened another office in Shelton, Connecticut, and currently, Dr. Bonheur has plans to open others, including a hernia center.