A PERSONAL WELCOME FROM DR. AFRAM
I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you personally to the Center for Obesity Surgery. In my many years of practice I have witnessed the pain and isolation which many morbidly obese patients experience everyday. I know that most morbidly obese patients have tried and failed at many diets and weight loss programs. You will learn, as you explore these pages, that surgery for obesity really works!
You don't need to remain morbidly obese: you have an option. You don't have to avoid exercise because your knees are too painful to walk. You don't have to avoid running and playing with your children because your size prohibits it. You don't need to avoid roller coasters and airplane seats for fear you won't fit. You don't have to live with diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and all the other co-morbidities associated with morbid obesity. You can take your life back again!
I encourage you to explore these pages and the links and references which we provide to learn whether surgery for obesity is the right choice for you. If you decide to pursue this option, it will be my pleasure to meet with you in an initial consultation. Together we will determine if you are a candidate for surgery for obesity. I will be happy to answer your questions at that time and my staff is always available to respond to your concerns and questions as they arise.
Once you join our family of patients, my staff will go to work to obtain your insurance approval, schedule pre-operative testing and ensure that you have the nutritional, psychological and supportive counseling that you need to help you learn to become accustomed to your new way of life. Weight loss surgery provides you with a powerful tool to accomplish life long weight loss, but you must work that tool and participate in the process. Our comprehensive program at the Center for Obesity Surgery gives you the support you need to use that tool to its very best effect.
It remains my great pleasure to watch patients as they achieve their weight loss goals and realize a better quality of life. I enjoy each and every one of their successes. I would like to be able to help you achieve permanent weight loss through surgery for obesity. At our center we see patients from all over the United States and beyond. I look forward to meeting you!
Dr. J. Afram M.D., F.A.C.S.
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. Read More
Mohamed M.H. Kalan, MD
An Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery and
the Associate Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at The George Washington University Hospital. Read More
Maria Zimmitti, Ph.D.
Dr. Zimmitti is the President and Clinical Director of Maria Zimmitti, Ph.D. & Associates, an organization which provides evaluation and therapy services to children and adults. Read More
Dr Eric Khairalla
One of few physicians in the nation to be board certified in both medicine and surgery. Read More
Rebecca Mohning M.S., R.D., L.D.
A registered dietitian that has been working in the field of medical nutrition therapy for over 10 years. Read More
NASM Certified Personal Trainer, CPR/AED Certified (AHA), NESTA Fitness Nutrition Coach, AFPA Functional Sports Exercise Specialist, AFPA Trainer of Special Populations, Bariatric Exercise Specialist. Read More
Sally Ford, Office Manager
Sally is the Office Operations Manager. She has over 24 years of Office & Hospital medical training. Read More
Colina Pugh, Accounts Manager
Colina has extensive knowledge and experience in health insurance claims and appeals. Read More