Oliver Whipple, M.D., New Medical Director of Memorial Health Bariatrics

(February 8, 2011) - Oliver Whipple, M.D., FACS, was appointed the new medical director of Memorial Health Bariatrics.

Whipple is board certified and specially trained to laparoscopically perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedure, the adjustable gastric band, and the sleeve gastrectomy. All of these procedures are offered at Memorial Health Bariatrics to help morbidly obese people achieve a healthy weight.

Whipple earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and attended Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon. He completed his residency training at Memorial University Medical Center and was accepted into a laparoscopic fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. He joined Memorial Health Bariatrics in 2005. In 2009, he was named Young Surgeon of the Year by the Georgia chapter of the American College of Surgeons.

Memorial Health Bariatrics is recognized as a bariatric surgery Center of Excellence by the Surgical Review Corporation and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. It is a BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery and an Aetna Institute of Quality for Bariatric Surgery.

Patients interested in meeting Whipple and learning more about bariatric surgery can attend a free educational seminar held the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Medical Education Auditorium at Memorial University Medical Center. Call 350-DIET (3438) or visit bariatrics.memorialhealth.com for more information.

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