AAMC Opens Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program

Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has named Alex Gandsas, M.D., as director of the AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program. He will oversee the implementation and management of the program.

The AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery program is comprehensive and designed to ensure that all patients have safe, successful weight loss surgeries. Under Dr. Gandsas’ direction, the center will perform laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Candidates for surgery should have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, be 100 or more pounds overweight and have tried and failed to lose weight using other non-surgical methods. As part of the new program, Dr. Gandsas and his team are offering free weight loss surgery seminars twice a month.

Seminar Dates:
August 16, August 30

September 5, September 18

October 9, October 30

To register, visit askAAMC.org/weightloss or call 443-924-2900. Convenient, free onsite parking is provided.

A renowned expert in the field of bariatric surgery, Dr. Gandsas has performed 2,200 bariatric surgeries. Prior to joining AAMC, he was professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. There he also was program director of the University’s School of Medicine Bariatric Fellowship Program and Chief of Surgery of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ.

Dr. Gandsas is currently the chairman of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Committee. A board-certified surgeon and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, he is actively involved in the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery. He is also involved in the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

About Anne Arundel Medical Center
Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) is part of Anne Arundel Health System. Anne Arundel Health System is the parent organization of AAMC, Anne Arundel Diagnostics Imaging, Pathways Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, and three satellite locations AAMC – Health Services in Bowie, Waugh Chapel, and Kent Island. AAMC, founded in 1902 as the Annapolis Emergency Hospital, is a not-for-profit hospital that provides acute inpatient and outpatient care to residents of the region, encompassing Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s and Calvert Counties. Visit www.askAAMC.org to learn more.