Advisory Council

All information presented throughout Bariatric Surgery Source has been reviewed and
updated by our Advisory Council’s healthcare industry professionals.

John M. Rabkin, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Rabkin is the Director of Pacific Laparoscopy with practices in San Francisco and Ventura, California. His team has performed more than 1,500 duodenal switch procedures, including more than 1,200 laparoscopic…


Dr. Vafa Shayani, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Vafa Shayani completed his undergraduate degree at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC. He completed his general surgical…


Gregg H. Jossart, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Jossart is the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery for the California Pacific Medical Center and is the lead bariatric surgeon for Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation, practicing out of San Francisco and Novato, California.


Peter F. Rovito, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. Rovito has performed more bariatric surgery in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania than any other surgeon.

He pioneered weight loss surgery in the area with the introduction of…


Shahin Javaheri, MD

Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Javaheri’s specialty is plastic & reconstructive surgery of the breast and body, with private offices in Berkeley and San Francisco, California. He is a second-generation plastic surgeon and is double Board Certified…


Vivek Kumbhari, MD & Margo Dunlap, RN

Director of Bariatric Endoscopy & Registered Nurse

Vivek Kumbhari, MD and Margo Dunlap, RN run the Johns Hopkins Concierge Weight Loss Program, a clinic offering several endoscopic options for weight loss…


Nancy DeLuca

Registered Dietitian

A registered dietitian with more than 20 years experience, Nancy DeLuca has provided medical nutrition therapy to individuals ranging in age from three years to over 90. She is certified in adult, adolescent and childhood…


Bariatric Surgery Source Organizational Leaders

Jeffrey A. Quinlan

CEO & Founder

With over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, Mr. Quinlan has served as an advisor to numerous large and mid-sized companies and industry consultants regarding health improvement, wellness programs…


Scott Wilson

Chief Practice Advisor

Scott began his career as a corporate finance attorney at a large, multinational law firm. While he carries with him the work ethic and attention to detail practicing law instilled, he’s grateful to be on the business-side pursuing…


John Anderson

Director of Operations

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and History from the University of Colorado Boulder, Mr. Anderson leveraged an Internship in Governor Hickenlooper’s Office into a contract helping to organizing a…


Lauren M. Donovan

UX Researcher & Content Strategist

Ms. Donovan received her Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from East Carolina University, allowing her to combine her passion for writing with her keen perception of the way people view world events through…


Angelo Hilton

Creative Coordinator

For over 15 years, Mr. Hilton has created online and offline design solutions for both large and small brands. As Creative Coordinator for Bariatric Surgery Source (BSS), he designs interactive websites and applications for BSS…


Naresh Khokhaneshiya

Senior Applications Engineer

After receiving his degree in Computer Science, Mr. Khokhaneshiya joined Avinashi System Pvt. Ltd. (ASPT) where he played a key role in growing the company from 3 to 50 employees in less than 3 years. He served as flash & php…


Patrick Furlong

Digital Content Specialist

Patrick graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelors degree in psychology and ethnic studies. He returned to school for credentialing in the substance abuse field, eventually becoming a Certified Addictions…


Why We Exist

Bariatric surgery is one of the most important treatments developed over the last 40 years, not only because of the health problems it improves or eliminates but also because of the number of people it has the potential to help.

One in three (75 million) adults and about 1 in 5 (16 million) adolescents in the United States are considered obese.1,2 Weight loss surgery has been proven to help numerous life-threatening and debilitating physical and mental health issues that these people face, including…

  • 1 in 3 adults

    are considered obese

  • 1 in 5 adolescents

    are considered obese

  • Arthritis and joint disease
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fertility and pregnancy complications
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gout
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Liver disease
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Pseudotumors
  • Quality of life
  • Sleep apnea
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Vein disease


To top off the list, moribidly obese patients who have bariatric surgery are 89% less likely to die over any 5 year period than morbidly obese patients who don’t have the surgery.1

1 in 100

Despite the problems it fixes and number of people it can help, only about 1 out of 100 people who meet the bariatric surgery require­ments have the surgery each year.2

Those who have learned the benefits and are interested in having the
surgery face a mountain of road blocks, such as…

  • Distinguishing between weight loss treatment advertising and credible information
  • Getting surgery approved and paid for
  • Finding the right qualified and experienced surgeon
  • Overcoming the cultural and social challenges that can prevent success

Bariatric Surgery Source was created to both increase awareness of this life-changing surgery and to
provide a single place where prospective and current weight loss surgery patients can…

  • Explore information and get recommendations that are based entirely on the research.
  • Share experiences and read experiences from others who are going through the same thing.
  • Get information and referrals to resources that help set goals, reach them, and stay there.
  • Receive important and applicable updates as new research becomes available.

In addition to maintaining the most robust and thorough patient-focused educational resource in the world for weight loss surgery, Bariatric Surgery Source helps to bring surgical and non-surgical weight loss procedures into the future via The Future of Bariatric Surgery Scholarship.

Regardless of what stage you’re in, we are here for you, and we look forward to being your complete guide to the new you.

Start your research by following one of these links…

Start your research by following one of these links…


  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Obesity Among Adults in the United States – NCHS Data Brief.  November 2007.  Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db01.pdf. Accessed October 29, 2009.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Childhood Overweight and Obesity. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/childhood/. Accessed October 29, 2009.
  • Christou NV, Sampalis JS, Liberman M, Look D, Auger S, McLean AP, MacLean LD.  Surgery decreases long-term mortality, morbidity, and health care use in morbidly obese patients. Ann Surg. 2004 Sep;240(3):416-23; discussion 423-4.

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