Medical Team

The Jeanes Bariatric Program brings a wide variety of specialists together to help you achieve your weight loss goals. Not only do we host some of the finest surgeons in the region, but the multidisciplinary team at Jeanes provides a unique support system that will help you maintain your "new you" for a lifetime.

All Jeanes patients first receive a private consultation with a bariatric surgeon and undergo thorough testing. Then, based on a comprehensive evaluation, the best surgical option is clearly explained. On the day of surgery, each patient meets with a surgeon prior to the procedure. The surgeon will also talk to the family members after surgery and monitor the patient closely. All of our patients are carefully followed after surgery by the weight loss team. Our main concern is the safety, comfort and long-lasting results of each patient.

The weight loss team at Jeanes consists of board-certified and university-affiliated surgeons, registered dietitians, licensed psychologists, exercise physiologists and specially-trained nurses.

To register for a free informational seminar or to make an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at Jeanes, click here or call 215-728-CARE (2273).


Michael A. Edwards, MD, FACS
Chief, General and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Bariatric Surgery, Temple University Hospital
Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) bariatric surgery, solid organ surgery (adrenalectomy, spleenectomy), esophageal and gastric surgery, gastric electrical neurostimulator placement for gastroparesis, simple and complex hernia surgery, and basic open and laparoscopic general surgery; clinical, psychological and dietary outcomes following obesity surgery
Education: George Washington University School of Medicine
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Fellowship, Surgical Critical Care, Barnes-Jewish Hospital; Residency, General Surgery, George Washington University Hospital
Certification: Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

Tatyan M. Clarke, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery,Temple University School of Medicine
Clinical interests: Bariatric surgery including minimally invasive techniques and open gastric bypass; gastrointestinal surgery; laparoscopic hernia surgery
Education: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive Surgery, Mayo Clinic-Florida; Residency, Generay Surgery, University of Southern California
Certification: General Surgery

Rohit Soans, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Temple University School of Medicine
Clinical Interests: Minimally invasive (laparoscopic) bariatric surgery
Education: Penn State College of Medicine
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, Magee-Women's Hospital; Residency, General Surgery, Riverside Methodist Hospital
Certification: General Surgery (board-eligible)

Eric Velazquez, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Clinical Interests: General, minimally invasive, and bariatric surgery. His research interests include metabolic and bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, and abdominal wall reconstruction
Education: the Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo
Training: Fellowship, Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, New York Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery; Residency, General Surgery, New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center
Certification: Surgery


Jeanes Hospital psychologists evaluate bariatric surgery candidates during the initial assessment period to help determine whether patients qualify as candidates for bariatric surgery. Lifestyle habits are reviewed and recommendations are provided to optimize your success after surgery.

Jeffrey S. Grand, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist


Program Manager

The bariatric program manager oversees the non-clinical administration of the bariatric program. The manager assists in various aspects of the patient process, including bariatric seminars and education classes.

Patricia Bernard, RN, BSN, CBN
Bariatric Program Manager

Physicians Assistants

Jeanes physician assistants administer patient care under the surgeon’s direction, seeing patients both in the clinic and in the hospital (pre- and post-operative) and facilitating patient care throughout the entire process.

Baljit Kaur, MS,
Physician Assistant



Nurses at Jeanes are focused on patient care and are intimately involved in the pre- and post-operative process, helping guide bariatric surgery patients every step of the way. Our goal is to help you achieve the best possible clinical and lifestyle outcomes.

Sharon Wolfe, RN, MSN, CBN
Bariatric Program Liaison

Melissa Smith, LPN
Licensed Practical Nurse


Jeanes dietitians analyze your current eating habits and help prepare you to make healthy food choices both before and after surgery. This is an important component for long-term success. Dietitians participate in the pre-operative educational classes and conduct an individual consultation with the patient, which all Jeanes patients attend before surgery. Patients are also seen by the dietitians in the hospital after surgery for post-operative educational reinforcement and encouragement.

Mercedes Villar, RD, LPN

Bethany Pavesi, RD, LDN

Other Team Members

Tracy Rocks
Administrative Coordinator

Jarelis Carrasquillo

To register for a free informational seminar or to make an appointment for a consultation with a bariatric surgeon at Jeanes, click here or call 215-728-CARE (2273).


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