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Our Center for Weight Management and Wellness Team

Our Center for Weight Management and Wellness team consists of world-class experts in both surgical and non-surgical weight management techniques and is supported by a professional staff of dietitians, physician assistants, and psychologists who specialize in caring for weight loss patients. Under the co-directorship of Caroline Apovian, MD, Ali Tavakkoli, MD and Christopher Thompson, MD, our mission is to help our patients discover the weight loss method that best fits their personal goals and lifestyle so they can achieve a healthier life through successful and long-term weight management.

Surgical Team

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Ali Tavakkoli, MD

Chief, General and Gastrointestinal Surgery; Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Wellness

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Scott Shikora, MD, FACS

Scott Shikora, MD, FACS

Director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

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Neil D. Ghushe, MD

Neil D. Ghushe, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

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Malcolm Kenneth Robinson, MD, FACS

Malcolm Kenneth Robinson, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

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Eric G. Sheu, MD, PhD

Eric G. Sheu, MD, PhD

Bariatric Surgeon

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David Spector, MD

David Spector, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

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Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH

Thomas C. Tsai, MD, MPH

Bariatric Surgeon

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Ashley Haralson Vernon, MD

Ashley Haralson Vernon, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

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Endoscopy Team

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc, AGAF, FASGE, FACG

Christopher C. Thompson, MD, MSc, AGAF, FASGE, FACG

Director of Endoscopy; Director of Bariatric Endoscopy; Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Wellness

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Pichamol Jirapinyo, MD, MPH, ABOM

Pichamol Jirapinyo, MD, MPH, ABOM

Associate Director of Bariatric Endoscopy

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Nayna Lodhia, MD

Nayna Lodhia, MD

Associate Physician, Center for Weight Management and Wellness

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Marvin Ryou, MD

Marvin Ryou, MD

Director of Endoscopic Innovation

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Medical Team

Caroline M Apovian, MD

Caroline M Apovian, MD

Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Wellness

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Mehmet Furkan Burak, MD

Mehmet Furkan Burak, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

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Florencia Halperin, MD

Florencia Halperin, MD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

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Nawfal W. Istfan, MD, PhD

Nawfal W. Istfan, MD, PhD

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

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Richard Joseph, MD

Richard Joseph, MD

Internal Medicine

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Meetal B Mehta, MD, MS, BA

Meetal B Mehta, MD, MS, BA

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension

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Center for Weight Management and Wellness Clinical and Administrative Staff

Clinical Staff

Psychologists

Paul Davidson, PhD
Director of Behavioral Services
Bariatric Psychologist

Mark Gorman, PhD
Director of Behavioral Services, Weymouth
Bariatric Psychologist

Physician Assistants

Sandy Falcon, PA-C
Associate Chief PA, General & GI Surgery
General & GI Surgery PA
(617) 732-8884

Yukiko Ito, PA-C
General & GI Surgery PA
(617) 732-8882

Meghan Kehoe, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Yali Lu, PA-C
General & GI Surgery PA
(617) 732-8882

Robert Matthews, PA-C
General & GI Surgery PA
(617) 732-8882

Shivani Mehta, PA-C
Physician Assistant

Nurses

Svetlana Chentsova, MSN, FNP-BC, RN-BC, CBN
Bariatric Program Manager, Weymouth Location

Victoria Coffey, NP

Taylor Deasy, NP

Dietitians

Meghan Ariagno, RD, CSOWM, LDN, CDE
Bariatric Program Manager
(617) 732-8884

Ema Barbosa Brown, MPH, RD, LDN
Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Jenna Koroly, MS, RD, LDN
Senior Clinical Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Amanda Lavasseur, MS, RD, CSOWM, LDN
Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Lindsay Miamen, RD, CSOWM
Nutrition Coordinator and Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Mary-Katherine O'Leary, RD, LDN
Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Catherine Page, Med, RD, LDN, CDE
Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

Maresa Weems MPH, RDN, LDN
Senior Clinical Bariatric Dietitian
(617) 732-8884

 

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Smith
Senior New Patient Coordinator
(617) 732-6960

Genneane Gennis
Billing and Insurance Coordinator
(617) 732-6408

Jeannette Harvey
Assistant to Scott Shikora, MD and Ashley Vernon, MD
(617) 525-8570

Jessica Pena
Assistant to Dr. Eric Sheu, MD
(617) 732-6337

Yvette Letts
Assistant to Dr. Ali Tavakkoli, MD
(617) 732-6337

Samantha Geary
Assistant to Neil Ghushe, MD
(781) 624-4906

Alicja Szewczyk
Assistant to David Spector, MD and Thomas Tsai, MD
(617) 983-4887

Melynda Mondou
Assistant to Malcolm Robinson, MD
(617) 732-8272

Autumn Taylor-Kelley
Assistant to dietitians/psychologists
(617) 525-6761

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