Lucian Panait

Lucian Panait, MD

General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
The most powerful thing patients tell me is: I only wish I did this sooner.


This provider is an independent provider, not an employee of North Memorial Health, who practices/provides services at some North Memorial Health locations.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Accepting New Patients

Approach To Care

Knowing that the first step into the unknown can be frightening, Dr. Lucian Panait walks alongside his patients through their medical and surgical weight loss journeys, offering a wide variety of ways forward, including new medication options as well as minimally invasive bariatric surgery. His approach to quality care is defined by a caring commitment, providing support from decision-making through treatment and beyond; his passion is to help each person find the right path forward for them.

Trained as a general surgeon, Dr. Panait also completed fellowships at Yale University School of Medicine specific to bariatric weight-loss surgery and uses endoscopic, laparoscopic and robotic technology as a complement to other successful non-surgical weight loss options. A frequent lecturer, he holds leadership positions in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Americas Hernia Society, and offers his expertise in hernia repair at the Minnesota Hernia Center.

As a North Memorial Health affiliate provider, Dr. Panait practices at the following location:

Minnesota Bariatric Center
6600 France Ave S #605
Edina, MN 55435



  • Medical School: Ovidius University, Constanta, Romania – MD


  • Saint Mary’s Hospital/Affiliated Yale University School of Medicine – General Surgery


  • Yale University School of Medicine – Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery (Clinical)
  • Yale University School of Medicine – Surgical Education (Research)
  • MITAC/NASA Commercial Space Center, Virginia Commonwealth University – Robotic Surgery, Telemedicine, Surgical Education (Research)

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery


  • Romanian


Dr. Panait enjoys outdoor activities with his family year-round and loves exploring Minnesota’s natural beauty. His hobbies include photography, kiteboarding, camping and skiing.

Accepted Insurance

All North Memorial Health providers accept the following insurance carriers. Because health insurance plan payments vary and benefit levels are unique to each plan, you may confirm out of pocket cost with your insurance carrier by calling the number on the back of your insurance card.

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross
  • HealthPartners
  • Humana
  • Medica
  • Medical Assistance
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Preferred One
  • Ucare
  • UnitedHealthcare