How can we help you? Call: 800.922.0000

How can we help you? Call: 800.922.0000

We can help you get there from here.

We understand. We help patients achieve optimal health at any size through the most comprehensive weight management program in the region, designed and directed by physicians who specialize in medical weight management and bariatric surgery.

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Bariatrics Center

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

We understand. We help patients achieve optimal health at any size through the most comprehensive weight management program in the region, designed and directed by physicians who specialize in medical weight management and bariatric surgery.

We helped these patients get there. Watch their amazing stories
about getting a second chance at a full life through medical weight
loss and bariatric surgery.

Elliot's Story

Elliot has lost over 300 pounds. As a young child he was diagnosed with a condition that caused him to gain weight. He reached a point when he knew he had to make a drastic, and life-saving change: weight loss surgery.


Macala’s Story

Macala struggled with weight growing up. After several children, multiple diets, losing weight and gaining it back, she opted to have weight loss surgery. It has given her the jump start she needed to live a healthier lifestyle.


There is no cure for obesity; however, there are effective tools to treat the disease.
The Bariatrics Center is the only program in the region to integrate medical and surgical weight management options.
The Bariatrics Center offers diabetes and endocrine support needed to treat the most advanced cases and surgical revisions.
The Bariatrics Center is appropriate for anyone with a body mass index (BMI) over 27.
Did you know? Up to 10 percent of weight gain can be caused by medicines taken for chronic health issues.
At the Bariatrics Center, individual sessions and group classes address portion control, fat and salt content and the importance of protein in a diet.
Weight loss surgery is a tool for weight management. It is not an ultimate solution and requires a lifetime commitment to lifestyle change.
The laparoscopic surgeries offered at the Bariatrics Center include: Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), sleeve gastrectomy, adjustable gastric banding, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch and revisions.
The Bariatrics Center offers both the Lap-Band® and Realize Band® laparoscopic adjustable gastric band options.
Patients feel confident to make positive changes for their health when visiting a clinic featuring size-appropriate accommodations.

Our multidisciplinary team includes obesity medicine specialists, bariatric surgeons, physician assistants, endocrinologists, dietitians, psychologists, clinical nurse case managers and insurance coordinators who are dedicated to providing exceptional care to patients and their families.

The Bariatrics Center at The Nebraska Medical Center has a team of physicians who are supported by a multidisciplinary group of specialists.

Brigit Khandalavala, MD

Obesity Medicine Specialist

Vishal Kothari, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

Corrigan McBride, MD

Bariatric Surgeon

Emily Rossman, PA-C

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Sheli Wilkinson, PA-C

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

Melissa Monzu-Sparks,
RN, BSN, CBN

NURSE COORDINATOR

Linda Neumann-Potash,
RN, MN, CBN

NURSE COORDINATOR

Karen Sater RN, BSN

NURSE COORDINATOR

Nessie Ferguson, MS, RD,
LMNT, CDE

MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPIST

Megan Sitz, MPA, RD, LMNT

MEDICAL NUTRITION THERAPIST

Kim Vacek, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Kristina Volkmer, MPH,
ACSM, HFS

EXERCISE SPECIALIST

Jamiela McMillian

INSURANCE COORDINATOR