Contact the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery

For Referring Physicians

Referrals to the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery can be made through an order in Epic [Ambulatory Referral to BWH Weight Management > Center for Weight Management (Obesity Consultation)] or by calling 617-983-7280 or via email by clicking here.

Our Staff

Surgical Director

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Medical Director

Florencia Halperin, MD (BWH)


Lalita Khaodhiar, MD (BWFH)

Dr. Khaodhiar attended medical school in her native Thailand at Mahidol University. She then moved to the United States and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Hawaii. After residency, Dr. Khaodhiar completed fellowships in Endocrine, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and in Clinical Nutrition at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. After her fellowship she spent nine and a half years at the Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center where she worked as a nutrition physician specialist. She is certified in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

Dr. Khaodhiar recently joined Brigham and Women’s Health Care as part of the expansion of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery.

Registered Dietitians

Meghan Ariagno, RD, LDN, CDE (BWH)

Meghan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences. She completed her dietetic internship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York, NY and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Prior to joining our bariatric program, she worked for four years at the Weight and Wellness Center, at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. Meghan has been involved in the Massachusetts Dietetic Association and the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For the past four years, Meghan has been a speaker at the Bariatric Summit, discussing a variety of topics related to nutrition care after weight loss surgery.

Giuseppina (Pina) Boatwright, MS, RD, LDN, CHES, RYT (BWFH)

Pina is a graduate of Simmons College where she earned her bachelor’s of science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She also holds a master’s of science degree in International Healthcare Management, Economics and Policy from L’Universita Bocconi in Milan, Italy. Most recently, she worked as a Bariatric Dietitian at Stanford in Palo Alto, California, and in private practice serving adults and adolescents with eating disorders. She also worked for many years as a Health Educator/Facilitator for the Medical Weight Management program at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, California. Boatwright is a board certified health education specialist (CHES), a registered yoga instructor and a former triathlete. At BWFH, where Boatwright completed her dietetic clinical rotations, she joins the staff of the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery. In this role she will offer one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions and weekly group classes.

Where To Find Us

The Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery has locations at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

If your appointment is at Brigham and Women's Hospital, it will be located at the Shapiro Building, 70 Francis Street, on the second floor in Watkins Cardiovascular Clinic A, Boston MA, 02115. The Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery Clinic is open at this location on Wednesday mornings. View directions and shuttle information.

Please note that as of Wednesday, November 21st, 2018, the Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will move from the Watkins Cardiovascular Center to Brigham Medical Specialties Clinic, located at 45 Francis Street. Appointments at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will not be affected. To find the clinic, if you arrive through the 45 Francis Street entrance, you will turn left and pass the blood drawing station and Patient Financial Services office on your left. Turn left one more time and walk to the door at the end of the hallway where you will find the Brigham Medical Specialties Schuster Suite. We are looking forward to seeing you in our new space!

Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street, Clinic A (Shapiro Building)
Boston, MA 02115

Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital
1153 Centre Street, Suite 5K
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


(617) 983-7280


Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm


To learn more about the Center please email us here.


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