Medical Director Message

Lawrence S. Barzune, MDObesity is an epidemic and affects your body from head to toe.  It affects the quality of your life and relationships as well.  Many serious medical and metabolic problems are made worse by obesity.  Obesity has no socioeconomic or age boundaries, as is evident by the growing number of children and adolescents who are obese.

MCDH has a long continuous history of surgical management of morbid/serious obesity.  The Bariatric Surgery Program was initiated in 1979 with a dedicated and designated team of floor nurses, OR team, dietitian, anesthesiologist and surgeons.  Since 1979, the number of highly-skilled and committed surgeons has grown from 1 to 8, all belonging to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  In 1984, the Medical City Bariatric Support Group was established.  It began meeting on campus the second Monday of each month to provide support and education for our patients and their families as they embark on their journey to better health.  The group continues today and all are welcome to attend.

In 2007, MCDH received designation as an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.  This designation was renewed in 2010. Being a BSCOE indicates that MCDH provides the highest quality of care possible to its bariatric surgery patients.  Medical City is committed to having highly-skilled, experienced bariatric surgeons, well-educated, dedicated nurses, OR teams, patient aids, and others who provide care with skill and understanding in a non-judgmental manner that maintains the patient’s dignity.

All the MCDH staff and surgeons involved in the care of the morbidly obese are to be congratulated for their dedication to making a difference in so many lives.

Lawrence S. Barzune, MD
Medical Director