Houston Weight Loss Surgery: Meet our Texas Bariatric Surgeons

Representing the best in their fields, UT bariatric surgeons bring special expertise to their patients to treat obesity by modification of the gastrointestinal tract to reduce nutrient intake and/or absorption. For individuals who have been unable to achieve significant weight loss through diet modifications and exercise programs alone, bariatric surgery may help to attain a more healthy body weight.

Our surgeons are respected pioneers in minimally-invasive procedures.  UT bariatric surgeons provide a comprehensive bariatric surgery program and perform more than 400 laparoscopic bariatric procedures each year.

Am I Eligible?

Am I Eligible?

Once you decide to proceed with surgery, there are certain steps to take before your operation to ensure that you are in the best possible readiness for the procedure. Read more…

Benefits and Risks

Benefits and Risks

Once you enter the OR, the staff will do everything they can to make you feel safe and secure. Read more…

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for Surgery

You will constantly be connected to monitoring equipment, and during this period, fully trained Recovery Room nurses will remain with you at all times. Read more…


Procedures Explained

The Weight Loss Surgery Team

Surgeon: Dr. Erik Wilson. The Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at The University of Texas and Memorial Hermann Hospital, Dr. Wilson is board certified in general surgery and specialty trained in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Wilson is an experienced bariatric surgeon having performed hundreds of laparoscopic bariatric surgeries including gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding, duodenal switch, sleeve gastrectomy, revisional bariatric surgery, and incisionless bariatric surgery. Full CV

Surgeon: Dr. Brad Snyder is a board certified general surgeon with advanced training and expertise in laparoscopic surgery for general and bariatric surgery. He completed a fellowship with MIST (Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas) affiliated with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He offers all standard bariatric surgeries through laparoscopy and incisionless bariatric surgery. He is the director of research for the University of Texas Bariatric Surgery Center. Full CV

Surgeon: Dr. Kulvinder S. Bajwa is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. He provides minimally invasive and single incisional techniques for gastrointestinal and weight loss surgery including colon and rectal cancers, inguinal, incisional and ventral hernia repairs, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery. Full CV

Surgeon: Dr. Sheilendra S. Mehta is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. He specializes in conditions requiring innovative general surgery expertise with a focus on advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of abdominal pathology to include the full scope of minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Full CV

Surgeon: Dr. Todd Wilson is an Assistant Professor in The University of Texas Medical School at Houston’s Division of Minimally Invasive and Elective General Surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive techniques for all general surgery including bariatric, colorectal, solid organ and hernia surgeries. Full CV

Surgical Fellows: Fellows are board eligible or certified general surgeons who have completed their general surgery training and are vital members of the team. They assist in all aspects of the care of patients including preoperative evaluation, hospital care, and postoperative follow up.

Clinical Manager: Connie Klein, N.P. is the nurse practitioner and clinical manager for The University of Texas Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery. Connie oversees the clinical operations of the Center for Bariatric Surgery and collaborates with surgeons and other staff to plan and coordinate patient care goals and achieve optimal patient outcomes. She recognizes patient care needs and collaborates with other providers and clinical staff (registered dietician, other nursing personnel, and other team members) to establish a comprehensive plan of care. She is responsible for overseeing the bariatric program as it relates to the Centers of Excellence designation.

Nutrition Manager: Carol Wolin-Riklin MA, RD, LD, a registered dietitian, manages the nutritional education for UT Center for Bariatric Surgery and Memorial Hermann Hospital. She leads the preoperative education of all patients and follows all them postoperatively for nutritional instruction and compliance as well as overseeing nutritional lab follow-up.

Bariatric Program Manager: Christine Spano, RN, BSN, MHA is the Bariatric Program Manager for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Christine is responsible for the supervision and implementation of the bariatric surgery program for the hospital. She works closely with physician and hospital staff to ensure a successful progression for the patient through the entire surgery process.

Physician’s Medical Assistants are valuable patient contacts who continually provide information for patients preoperatively and postoperatively. They are instrumental in the precertification process with insurance companies and can answer most common questions for bariatric patients.

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