Surgeon named bariatric Center of Excellence physician

Surgeon Dr. Jonathan Ray of Foothills Weight Loss Specialists and Blount Memorial Hospital has been designated as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence physician by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The organization’s honor recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery, as well as those that perform well and help surgeons and hospitals continue to improve the patient’s quality of life and safety of care provided.

To earn the Center of Excellence designation, Dr. Ray underwent a series of site inspections during which surgical processes were examined and data on health outcomes was collected. With his certification, he now joins his practicing partner, Dr. Mark Colquitt, who earned the honor in 2006. As part of the designation process, Ray and Colquitt agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes data, along with other Center of Excellence programs and physicians.

Dr. Ray and Dr. Colquitt began performing the gastric bypass procedure at Blount Memorial in December 2002, adding the Lap-Band option in December 2004 and now offering the gastric sleeve as another surgical weight loss tool.

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