Healthy Weight Program

Adolescent Bariatric Program

About bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery is available through the Healthy Weight Clinic to help adolescents lose weight. It is considered a major surgery and requires pre- and post-operative care to ensure the patient successfully follows a plan to lose weight and keep it off. This plan involves addressing the medical, psychosocial and emotional needs of the teen or young adult.

Bariatric surgery may be appropriate for certain teens and young adults who have tried other nutritional and physical activity programs to lose weight, but have been unsuccessful.

About our program

The Adolescent Bariatric Program is a unique collaboration of staff from the Healthy Weight Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine. The team includes a physician, surgeons, nurse practitioners, dietitian, physical activity specialist, social worker and psychologist.

Adolescents who are interested in bariatric surgery will be evaluated by the team to make sure this treatment is appropriate and a good fit for the patient and family. Surgery takes place at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Pre- and post-operative care takes place at the Healthy Weight Clinic.

Eligibility for bariatric surgery 

Adolescents who are a good fit for bariatric surgery include those who:

Learn more about bariatric surgery

If you are interested in learning more about the Adolescent Bariatric Program, please call us at 267-426-2782 to attend an information session. Registration for an information session is required.

Information sessions are generally held the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. at the Healthy Weight Clinic, 3550 Market Street.

If you have questions about insurance coverage, review our Financial Matters website.

Bariatric Program staff

Joy Collins, MD, FAAP, FACS
Surgical Director

Elizabeth Parks Prout, MD, MSCE
Medical Director

Bariatric Surgical Staff

Rajesh Aggarwal, MD, PhD, FRCS
Gastrointestinal Surgeon

Jocelyn Gmerek, MSN, CRNP
General Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Cathy Goodsell, MSN, CRNP
General Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Mary Kate Klarich, MSN, CRNP
General Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Bariatric Medical Staff

Chanelle Bishop-Gilyard, PsyD, MS

Sherry Chandler, MSW, LCSW
Social Worker

Elizabeth Coover, RD, LDN
Registered Dietitian

Christine Giovinazzo, BS
Physical Activity Specialist

Amanda Chase Holdridge, MSN, CPNP
Nurse Practitioner


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