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Published on June 20, 2013

AMH’s Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Receives Full Accreditation for Bariatric Fellowship

ABINGTON, PA (June 20, 2013)—The Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Fellowship Program at Abington Memorial Hospital has been approved with full accreditation by The Fellowship Council, a national council created to foster the development of fellowships through a universal application and match process.

The program’s fellows will learn and participate in a full range of bariatric procedures, including gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, vertical sleeve gastrectomies, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, and revisional bariatric operations.

In addition, the fellows will have the opportunity to learn the full spectrum of surgical techniques (laparoscopy, open surgery and robotic surgery), and to be directly involved in patient care in both hospital and office settings. At the same time, the fellow will be involved in teaching surgery residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants, thus improving and elevating bariatric quality of care in our community.

“We’re proud to offer a fellowship program that will train high quality bariatric surgeons able to provide total diagnostic, non-operative, operative and post-operative treatment of morbid obesity and its related diseases,” said Gintaras Antanavicius, MD, fellowship director and associate director of the Institute for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. “The fellows will achieve this through a rich clinical experience, didactic instruction at conferences and the educational curriculum.”

The Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery was established in 2006 and has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence and a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Independence Blue Cross. Today, the program performs an average of 429 major bariatric cases per year.

About Abington Memorial Hospital

Abington Memorial Hospital is a 665-bed, acute care teaching hospital with a medical staff of more than 1,100 physicians and more than 5,600 employees. These professionals provide medical care and health services to residents of Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

A regional provider, Abington Memorial Hospital has the only Level II accredited trauma center in Montgomery County and offers highly specialized services in cardiac care, cancer care, neurosciences, orthopaedics, home health and maternal/child health.

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