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Published on December 06, 2010

Abington Memorial Hospital Surgeon Named Designee by Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

Abington, PA (December 6, 2010) — Gintas Antanavicius, M.D., a bariatric surgeon with Abington Memorial Hospital’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, has been appointed as a bariatric surgery center of excellence designee by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Surgial Review Corporation (SRC).

The Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery was designated a Center of Excellence in the summer of 2008.  This designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

Antanavicius joined the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in the fall of 2008.  A graduate of Vilnius University in Lithuania where he received a Doctor of Medicine, Antanavicius completed residencies at Vilnius, as well as Temple University’s Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh.  Antanavicius completed his Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric fellowship at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, where he was a clinical instructor in the Department of Surgery.

Antanavicius is currently an assistant professor of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine. He has given more than 20 presentations both in the United States and internationally, and has been involved in multiple research projects.

About the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Located at Abington Health Center – Warminster Campus, in Warminster, PA and under the direction of Fernando B. Bonanni, Jr., M.D., the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers a high quality comprehensive approach to weight loss that features a full range of services, including several of the latest surgical options (performed at Abington Memorial Hospital), ongoing support and counseling; an exercise program; a nutrition plan and a lifetime of follow-up care.  Their commitment to treating metabolic diseases and conditions includes type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and obstructive sleep apnea.

About American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, foremost American surgeons have formed the society’s leadership and have established an excellent organization with educational and support programs for surgeons and allied health professionals.

The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. For more information about ASMBS, please visit www.ASMBS.org.

About Surgical Review Corporation

Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent, non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the delivery of surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency and safety. SRC administers the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program on behalf of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The program is endorsed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and numerous other health insurers around the country.  Data from SRC's highly advanced and intricate database, BOLD™, will facilitate the formation of standards of care for the obese and diabetic patient population.

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