December 24, 2013

Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center continues to add surgeons

The Center for Bariatric Surgery at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is growing to include two surgeons—Dr. Chandra Hassan, who is director of bariatric surgery, and Dr. Craig Eyman. The center includes a multidisciplinary team of dedicated and experienced bariatric surgeons, nurses, dietitians, internists, anesthesiologists, pulmonologists, psychologists, and primary and specialty care physicians.

Founded in 1997, The Center for Bariatric Surgery is one of the most comprehensive, patient-centered surgical weight loss programs in the nation. The program is nationally recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for exceeding standards of quality, safety and outcomes.

When Saint Luke’s Hospital and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center merged in 1997, one of the negotiated features was that the brand-new bariatric surgery program, started by Dr. Helmut Schreiber, chief of surgery at Saint Luke’s, be brought to St. Vincent Charity.

Schreiber, who performed the first gastric bypass surgery in Cleveland, said recently that the bariatric program was intended to be more than just surgery. It featured dietician services, exercise classes, a clothing exchange, an annual graduation ceremony, and ongoing support groups.

“It was the first program in the city of Cleveland and the first to receive the Center of Excellence designation by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons,” said Schreiber, now retired.

Today, the Center for Bariatric Surgery has helped more than 7,000 patients lose more than 700,000 pounds.

Read more about the center and the hospital in the latest issue of Caritas, the quarterly newsletter of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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