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If you are reading this page, it probably means you or someone you care about is significantly overweight and has tried virtually every imaginable method to become healthier. Too often, despite years of diets, exercise programs, and pills, Americans find the extra pounds and associated illnesses continue to affect their lives. weight-loss surgery may be the answer.

Studies have shown that weight-loss surgery can lead to better health, which in turn leads to a higher quality of life and increased lifespan. So, please let us tell you about the options for Weight Loss Surgery and the benefits of UNC’s highly personalized approach.

What are the benefits of Weight Loss Surgery?

Severe obesity can lead to many life-threatening health problems and a shorter life span. Learn about the BENEFITS of weight-loss surgery.

Is Weight Loss Surgery for me?

If you’ve tried but can’t lose the excess weight that’s causing health problems, weight-loss surgery may be right for you. Find out if you are a CANDIDATE for weight-loss surgery.

What procedures are available?

Once you and your doctor have determined that weight-loss surgery is right for you, UNC Health Care offers different PROCEDURES to fit your individual needs.

What can I expect?

For many, surgery is an exciting end to a long wait. Learn more about:
» Taking the first steps
» Getting prepared
» The day of surgery
» Life after Weight Loss Surgery

Meet the Team


Timothy Farrell, MD, FACS, Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery

Wayne Overby, MD, FACS

Maggie Hodges, MD, MPH


Lisa Prestia, RN, Certified Bariatric Nurse, Clinical Program Director-OP, 919-966-8436

Tara Zychowicz, NP


Susan Strom, RD – Registered Dietician

Lauren Boyd, RD – Registered Dietician


Catherine Forneris, Ph.D, JD, ABPP, Psychologist

Christine M. Peat, PhD, LP, Licensed Psychologist

Financial Support

Financial Counselor for Outpatient Care services, 984-974-0112


UNC bariatric surgery program receives two important distinctions:

The program has been accredited as a Level 1b facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In addition, the program was named a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

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