Bariatric Weight Loss Specialists


At the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care, we value a multidisciplinary team approach. Our bariatric doctors rely on the skills and knowledge of a large group of experienced professionals, including surgeons, bariatricians (medical specialists), nurses, registered dietitians, psychologists and exercise physiologists. Nearly all of these experts work exclusively with our bariatric program.



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Surgery 1

Bipan Chand
Bipan Chand
Gastrointestinal/Minimally Invasive Surgery
GIST, Hernia, Intestinal Disorders, Laparoscopy, Bariatric, Weight Reduction Surgery, Abdominal...

Medical Weight Loss 2

Jessica Bartfield
Jessica Bartfield
Bariatric Medicine, Obesity, Nutrition
Garry Sigman
Garry Sigman
General Pediatrics
Adolescent Medicine, Eating Disorders, Attention and School Problems, Obesity

Psychology 2

Allison Grupski
Allison Grupski
Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Laura Wool
Laura Wool
Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Chronic Medical Conditions, Anxiety, Depression, Coping with Illness, Eating Disorders, ...

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A pre-certification specialist will help you go through the process of verifying insurance coverage for a bariatric procedure. He or she will contact your insurance company on your behalf, find out what coverage you may have and find out if your plan has any requirements for coverage.
An advanced practice nurse and clinical coordinator will work as your surgeon’s right hand, offering education and counseling. This nurse will act as a guide and answer your questions as you go through the process of weight loss and improvement of your medical illnesses at Loyola.
A Loyola registered dietitian will coach you as you change your diet in advance of your bariatric surgery. After the procedure, you will have to make substantial changes to your diet. You will lose weight quickly, and proper eating habits will improve your chances of success, ensuring you get the right nutrients and vitamins to stay healthy. In our medically supervised weight-loss program, a registered dietitian – who is also a certified counselor – works with participants on a healthy eating plan, making positive food choices, food shopping and meal preparation.
Long-term weight loss requires significant and permanent lifestyle changes. Our psychologists will talk with you before the surgery to evaluate your readiness and help increase your chances for success. After your surgery, we will offer you counseling and conduct support groups made up of people who have also had the surgery. At the groups, we discuss stress eating, trigger foods and situations, alternative reward systems and other behavioral techniques to aid in weight loss.
Our exercise physiologists work with a large population but have experience with bariatric care patients. It is important to find out which exercises you enjoy so that it will be easy for you to stick to your routine. We will work with you one-on-one at the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, helping you set fitness goals, stay motivated and create time for exercise in your schedule.
The bariatric program at Loyola is integrated with the complete medical team at Loyola University Health System, allowing us to call upon the expertise of cardiologists, pulmonologists, endocrinologists, hepatologists and other experts.
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