Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence

The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been designated as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

With this special designation, Lawrence Memorial Hospital joins an elite group of hospitals in Massachusetts that have been classified as ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence. In the United States, there are fewer than 500 hospitals designated as ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence.

In addition, the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) have given the bariatric program at Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford full accreditation in the new, unified Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).This designation is reserved for bariatric surgery programs that have demonstrated history of successful patient outcomes.

Information seminars

Once a month a surgical information seminar is held for patients who would like to learn more about weight loss surgery. Admission to these meetings is free of charge and everyone is welcome to attend.

During these meetings we review the biology of obesity and the rationale behind surgical intervention in appropriately selected cases. Realities versus expectations regarding the Lap-Band procedure, the Roux-Y gastric bypass and the sleeve gastrectomy will be discussed.

We also review the differences between laparoscopic and open bariatric surgery. Patients, who would be potential candidates for surgery, will have a unique opportunity get an insight into the preparation for surgery, perioperative management and postoperative care. There is absolutely no pressure to proceed with surgery for anyone who attends this meeting. If you decide to proceed with weight loss surgery, then attendance is mandatory.




All sessions take place at 6 p.m. at the Johnson Conference Room, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, 170 Governors Ave., Medford, unless otherwise indicated.


November 12, 2014


December 10, 2014

Online Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar

We created an online version of our information seminar meeting for prospective patients who would not be able to attend the live meeting. Please note that the live seminar meeting is always preferable since it is interactive and we can address any of your concerns.However, if you feel that it is not possible for you to attend the live meeting and you have access to a computer with fast internet connection, you may call our office at (781) 306-6166 and ask for the password to view the online seminar.The seminar takes almost two hours to complete and there is a quiz at the end. The presentation will forward to the quiz automatically and completing the quiz is mandatory if you want to proceed with an office consultation. The quiz is very simple but a passing score is difficult to get if you don’t watch the entire presentation. The results will be emailed to our office automatically. You may repeat the test as many time as necessary to obtain the passing score. Watching the video and taking the quiz does not obligate you to have the surgery.

You may click on the link here to watch the online seminar meeting:


System requirements:
Internet Explorer 7 or later, Adobe Flash 9 or later, broadband internet connection.
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