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Meet Our Bariatric Team

Multi-disciplinary Team Approach

Attempting to maximize patients chances of having a successful surgical outcome starts with education and knowledge. Although much is gained through personal research, studies show that the pre-operative education and evaluations from a multi-disciplinary team approach of professionals working with the same goal lead to a higher likelihood of successful surgical outcomes.

This team consists of more than the just the surgeon who performs the operation. It includes the many dedicated consultants who evaluate to ensure a safe surgery. Also involved are a team of nurses who routinely take care of bariatric patients post-operatively and bariatric coordinators of the office and of the hospital who act as immediate contact people for support and questions.

The entire philosophy and mutual goal of the multi-disciplinary team is to carefully screen all patients before the surgery to identify any potential problems and correct as appropriate to ensure safety and success during and after the operation.

NGPG Surgical Associates Bariatric Team

Dr Alex Nguyen

Alex C. Nguyen, MD, FACS

Meet Dr. Alex Nguyen, surgeon with NGPG Bariatric Metabolic Institute (BMI) and a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. Dr. Nguyen received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He is currently serving at the medical director of the Robotic Surgical Program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery, minimally invasive robotic surgery and bariatric surgery at the University of Texas, Dr. Nguyen was the first surgeon to perform robotic gastric bypass surgery in Georgia.

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Dr. Sujata Gill

Sujata Gill, MD, FACS

Meet Dr. Sujata Gill of NGPG BMI. Dr. Gill received her medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her General Surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Gill is a board certified surgeon and a member of the Association for Women in Surgery.

Most recently, Dr. Gill cared for patients as a surgery fellow at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta with an emphasis on bariatric surgery, advanced laparoscopy and robotics. Dr. Gill explains, "I am very excited about practicing at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, Georgia's #1 surgery hospital and joining a prestigious practice like NGPG."

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Dr. Jyoti Manekar

Jyoti Manekar, MD

Meet Dr. Jyoti Manekar of NGPG Flowery Branch. Dr. Manekar is Emory graduate and has had over 10 years of experience in taking care of patients. She has practiced as a primary care physician, and her passion to treat the cause of a disease kindled her interest in treating Obesity. She then went on to doing fellowship and extensive training with Obesity Medicine Association and is a diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM).

Dr. Manekar has been very successful with her treatment strategies, and she is liked by all of her patients. She maintains competency in providing pre-, peri-, and post-surgical care of bariatric surgery patients, promotes prevention of obesity, and advocates for those who suffer from obesity.

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Leslie Painter

Leslie Painter

RN, CBN, Bariatric Coordinator

As the bariatric coordinator for NGPG BMI, Leslie guides individuals through the surgical process, from prep to after care.  A Registered Nurse with more than seven years’ experience with bariatric patients, Leslie received her Associate of Science in Nursing from University of North Georgia and is a Certified Bariatric Nurse.  

Jennifer Way

Jennifer Way

NGPG BMI Dietician

As the dietitian for NGPG, Jennifer works with patients throughout the surgical process by establishing individualized nutrition care as well provision of moral support. Jennifer received her Bachelor's degree in Dietetics at the University of Georgia and completed her Dietetic Internship and Post-baccalaureate Graduate Program with Georgia Southern University. She has shared her nutrition knowledge in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals, and our community. With her determination to promote good nutrition, Jennifer has committed to working with the bariatric team at NGPG to hone in her passion to help others achieve a healthier lifestyle for long-term success.

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