MEET OUR TEAM
Medical Director Joseph D. Afram, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a board certified surgeon with extensive experience in the surgical treatment of severe obesity since 1983. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgery and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Afram was the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia Hospital for Women Medical Center and is now the Clinical Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program at George Washington University Hospital.
Dr Afram performed over 6000 operations for obesity. This comprehensive program, coupled with our extensive 27 years of experience results in a high success rate (over 95%) and a very low complication rate. This makes our approach to surgery for obesity very safe and effective.
Sally Ford, Office Manager. Sally is the Office Operations Manager. She has over 24 years of Office & Hospital medical training. Sally is our all-purpose patient liaison and point of contact for everything. We call her "The Center for Obesity Surgery permanent fixture". She secures all insurance approvals for all of our patients. And can answer almost every question that you may have about weight loss surgery. Sally finds that witnessing the transformation of our weight loss patients makes her job particularly rewarding. Sally enjoys exercising, walking , sight seeing and traveling.
- LPN- LICENSE PRACTICAL NURSE CERTIFIED
- CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFIED
Colina Pugh, Accounts Manager. Colina seems made just for her role as accounts manager. She has extensive knowledge and over 20 years of experience in health insurance claims and appeals. She manages the daily accounts operations and serves as a liaison for our patients and insurance companies. Colina's role insures a seamless an efficient insurance process for our patients.
- APC CPB- CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL BILLER
- AAPC CPC- CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL CODER
- EMT-P CERTIFIED
- CPR/AED/FIRST AID CERTIFIED