Lucian Panait

Lucian Panait, MD

General Surgery and Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
My patients' needs and well-being matter most: we will work together to achieve best outcomes.
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Approach To Care

Dr. Lucian Panait strives to provide cutting-edge surgical care of the highest quality. His patient-centered approach is provided in a warm, comfortable environment, which is conducive to a trusting and constructive relationship between the patient and the surgeon.

Dr. Panait is a general surgeon with a particular interest in robotic and other minimally invasive surgical techniques. He applies his expertise to the surgical treatment of abdominal wall hernias, gastro-esophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernias, gallbladder conditions, gastroparesis, achalasia, adrenal tumors, and hematologic disorders of the spleen. His bariatric practice focuses on laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass and revisional procedures, as well as non-surgical weight loss modalities.

Dr. Panait has a long track record of research and has published numerous articles on topics related to robotic surgery, new minimally invasive surgery techniques and surgical simulation. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and holds leadership positions in the Americas Hernia Society and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He has lectured at national and international conferences on hernia-related topics.

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

Bhatti GI Consultants
6600 France Ave S #660
Edina, MN 55435

1457 White Oak Dr
Chaska, MN 55318

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  • 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