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Comprehensive Bariatric Program

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   6. Get Back on Your Feet
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Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is the weight your body naturally settles into when you consistently eat a nutritious diet, are physically active, and balance the calories you eat with the physical activity you do.

But weight is only one measure of your health. People who are thin, but don't exercise or eat nutritious foods aren't necessarily healthy just because they are thin. A person who is overweight according to body mass index (BMI) charts may be healthy if he or she eats a variety of healthy foods and exercises regularly.

How much you eat is not the only determinant of your weight. Your age, metabolism, genetics, and physical activity level also play an important role in your weight, health, and risk for disease. So it's important that you avoid comparing yourself to others and that you determine the lifestyle changes you need to make to maintain a healthy weight.
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Get to Know Us

In addition to having your surgery at of one of America’s Best Hospitals US News & World Report 2004-2008 and one of America’s Safest Hospitals ( 2009), you will also have the most dedicated and highly qualified bariatric team on your side. Starting with our surgeons, Sarasota Memorial offers a level of expertise in the specialized field of bariatric surgery like no other program in the region.

T. Patrick Fitzgerald MD founded Sarasota Memorial’s Comprehensive Bariatric Program in 2004, and has performed over 150 bariatric procedures to date. He specializes in the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgical procedure. Dr. Fitzgerald received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and was trained in General Surgery at the Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA. He is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, and a fellow of the American College of Surgery.

Dr. Fitzgerald received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Georgia and his Masters at the University of Florida. A graduate of Sarasota High School, he is a long-time resident of the community who is dedicated to Sarasota Memorial and its comprehensive Bariatrics program. Dr. Fitzgerald is committed to helping patients recover well beyond surgery to overcome their battles with obesity and achieve their long-term health goals.

Scott Stevens MD joined the Comprehensive Bariatrics program at Sarasota Memorial in 2007. A board-certified general surgeon, he specializes in adjustable gastric band surgery. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami, and completed his surgical training at the Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR. He is a member of the Amercian Society of Bariatric Surgery, a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Stevens received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and is in fact, a Sarasota native. As part of Sarasota Memorial’s Bariatric team, he continues to help more and more patients experience long-term weight-loss success with Lap-Band® and REALIZE® adjustable gastric band surgeries.

John Nora MD also joined the Comprehensive Bariatric program in May 2007. He earned his medical degree at Northwestern University, including an extern rotation at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland. He trained extensively at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, completing his internship and residency there. He also completed a Critical Care Fellowship at the University of British Columbia and a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at the University of Florida. He received his Bachelor’s degree at Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

A board-certified general surgeon with extensive training in critical care and vascular surgery, Dr. Nora specializes in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. He enjoys seeing his surgical expertise culminate in healthier patients who continue through Sarasota Memorial’s comprehensive program to reduce their co-morbidities conditions and get their lives back.


Other integral members of Sarasota Memorial’s Bariatric team include:

Adeana Osika, RD, LD/N
Director of Food and Nutrition, Diabetes and Bariatric Services
Linda Materewicz, RD, LD/N
Registered Licensed Dietitian, Diabetes and Bariatric Educator

Patrice M. Burnett, RN
Registered Nurse, Program Coordinator
Marie Seeger
Office Coordinator / Data Specialist
Kaitlin Blazejack
Bariatric Insurance Specialist
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do not send electronic mail to this entity.  Instead, contact Sarasota Memorial Health Care System Public Relations Offices by phone or in writing:
1700 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941-917-9000 or 800-764-8255.
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