Ilmar Kaur, MD

Head surgeon

Dr. Ilmar Kaur (born January 26, 1974) is an internationally recognised bariatric surgeon.

He graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tartu in 1998, and completed his residency in general surgery in 2004 (On 2003 he was senior resident of general surgery at Sundsvall hospital, Sundsvall, Sweden).

Dr. Ilmar Kaur is the most experienced and dedicated practising bariatric surgeon in Estonia, operating on more than 400 weight-loss patients a year. His mission is to develop the field of bariatric surgery in Estonia and boost the profile of our healthcare sector abroad through the export of healthcare services.

He began his surgical career in 2004 at the North-Estonian Regional Hospital, honing his skills and acquiring experience in the fields of laparoscopic surgery, thyroid surgery, gastrointestinal cancer surgery, emergency surgery, and gastrointestinal endoscopy. In recent years, he has primarily focused on weight-loss surgery and thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Dr. Kaur is the founder and Chief Physician of Bariatric Services, and has put it on the map as one of the clinics with the highest number of surgeries performed in the Baltics, Finland, and Scandinavia.

In addition, Dr. Kaur is the founder and president of the Estonian Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 2011.

Under his leadership, a bariatric surgery patient treatment guide for physicians and patients was prepared in 2016 in collaboration with the Estonian Health Insurance Fund.

The North-Estonian Regional Hospital regularly conducts international training courses led by Dr. Ilmar Kaur in bariatric surgery for surgeons, anaesthesiologists, and bariatric surgery nurses from a multitude of countries; and in 2017, under the leadership of Dr. Kaur, the hospital attained accreditation as an International Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery Training.

Regarding his volunteer activities, Dr. Kaur himself considers the most important to be his role as an international instructor for the ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) training programme. The aim of the ATLS programme is to improve and harmonise the provision of primary care to advanced trauma patients worldwide.


His gifted hands and golden heart are equally valued by his patients. Doctor Kaur has been awarded with the Estonian Doctor of The Year prize on 2012.


President of the Estonian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery; full member of Tallinn Society of Surgery; full member of Estonian Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.