The Center for Bariatric Surgery is composed of a multidisciplinary team of bariatric specialists who provide personalized treatment, committing to years of follow-up care and supporting your effort to maintain a healthy weight, while meeting your nutritional needs.
The process you will follow involves several phases:
Before surgery, our team of specialists, including a surgeon, nutritionist, radiologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, psychiatrist and members of the nursing staff, will perform comprehensive medical exams and evaluations. You will also be asked to attend intensive educational classes and support group programs to learn what to expect during and after surgery.
During the procedure, board-certified surgeons trained in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric care will work closely with anesthesiologists and highly trained operating room staff who are familiar with the special needs of bariatric patients.
After surgery, nurses trained in post-bariatric surgical care will work to prevent and manage possible complications. The surgeon, bariatric nurses, and nutritionist will follow you carefully throughout recovery.
During and after your recovery, you must commit to making profound lifestyle changes. To help meet this challenge successfully and safely, you will be closely monitored for nutritional deficiencies and will receive free counseling to help you manage post-operative dietary requirements. You will continue to attend our free support group meetings.
In addition to the help you will receive from the bariatric team, you also have available the expertise of our weight management programs to provide additional, ongoing help.
The Miriam Hospital is known for our highly successful behavioral medicine weight programs, which have helped many people take control of their weight and health.
Siva Vithiananthan, MD, chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the Center for Bariatric Surgery, leads the surgical team. Vithiananthan specializes in laparoscopic surgical procedures, both bariatric and non-bariatric, and has many years' experience in bariatric surgery. He is also an associate professor of surgery (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. His main research focus is on advanced surgical techniques and the metabolic and physiological effects of weight loss surgery.
Vithiananthan received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York. He completed his residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and fellowships at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine/Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut.
G. Dean Roye, MD, is a surgeon specializing in laparoscopic surgical procedures, both bariatric and non-bariatric. He is also an assistant professor of surgery (clinical) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Roye received his medical degree from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama and a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.
Beth Ryder, MD, is a surgeon specializing in bariatric surgery, surgical education, and emerging technologies for minimally invasive surgery. She is also an assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Ryder received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She completed her residency in general surgery and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at Brown Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island.