Dr. Angelina Cain is the most recent addition to our staff. She practices Bariatric Medicine and joined WCBS in February, 2014. She comes to us from Tallahassee, FL where she developed a large and busy Bariatric Medicine practice. She is board certified in Family Medicine and in Obesity Medicine.
Dr. Cain brings an expertise and experience that helps us provide truly comprehensive treatment of obesity for our patients.
Dennis C. Smith, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS
Dr. Dennis C. Smith has been doing bariatric surgery since 1997, when he practiced in Biloxi, MS. In 1999 he began
developing a technique for the biliopancreatic diversion with
Duodenal Switch to
be done completely laparoscopically, which he first performed in November, 1999. He moved from Biloxi to Marietta, Georgia in late 1999. Having put together the elements of a
bariatric surgery program with the highest possible standards, Dr. Smith in June, 2002 formed his own practice devoted exclusively to bariatric
surgery, in order to better serve the morbidly obese population. Dr. Smith is one of only a handful of bariatric surgeons that regularly performs all four of these operations completely laparoscopically. He has done well over a thousand bariatric operations, with excellent short and long-term results.
Fritz Jean-Pierre, MD
Dr. Fritz Jean-Pierre joined WCBS in February of 2012 and brings training and experience with the latest minimally-invasive bariatric surgery techniques. He also is dedicated to the highest possible safety and quality standards in the performance of weight loss surgery. He believes that educating patients about nutrition, exercise and overall health is extremely important to their success with bariatric surgery.
Dr. Jean-Pierre is originally from Florida, and did his surgical residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago at Mount Sinai. He then did a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery and began his practice there before moving over to WellStar.
We are very excited to have his bright and energetic personality and his skill and expertise in our program!
Kristen Smith, MS, RD, LD - Bariatric Dietitian
Kristen is our program's full-time Bariatric Dietitian, and is very involved with our medical and surgical weight loss patients' care.
Dee Hamberg, ST, CPC - Bariatric Coordinator
Dee is involved with many facets of the WellStar Bariatric Surgery Program. She helps guide patients through the initial stages of the process of becoming a patient. She also runs support groups and does a great deal of education for patients both before and after surgery. Dee has been involved with bariatric surgery for almost 15 years.
Ruby - Data Coordinator
Ruby helps us keep track of our patients' weight loss, as well as their reduction in their medical problems. She also helps with support groups and information sessions.
Reggie Morris, LPN - Office Nurse
Reggie will help you into an exam room on your appointment day, weigh you, go through your medications, etc. He also takes phone calls through the day and can answer many questions that patients have about things like their labs, how things are going with their healing or what they should be doing with their vitamins and supplements.
Julia - Surgery Scheduler
Julia helps guide patients through the latter stages of getting ready for surgery by gathering all of your clearances and studies, setting a surgery date, finalizing insurance coverage, arranging appointments for preoperative counseling, etc.
Cheryl Forbus, MS, RD, LD - Dietitian
Cheryl has shaped and developed much of the dietary planning for our patients, and takes part in a great deal of the preoperative education of our patients, as well as post-op assistance and participation in support groups.
With a comprehensive bariatric surgery program offering laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric
Bypass and Biliopancreatic Diversion with
Duodenal Switch, the Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, as well as the
our emphasis has always been on safety and quality. We have treated patients from all over the United States, and other countries as well. Our operations are at Kennestone Hospital, part of the WellStar Health System in Marietta, Georgia.
A Word About WellStar Kennestone Hospital
WellStar Kennestone Hospital is consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the US, and the WellStar Health System, which also includes several other hospitals in the Northwest Atlanta area, is frequently ranked in the highest category of Health Systems nationwide.
Kennestone provides State-Of-The Art care in numerous areas of minimally invasive surgery, including thoracic surgery, laparoscopic gynecologic and uologic surgery, laparoscopic colon and hiatal hernia repair surgery, and others. Several members of the surgical staff at Kennestone, including Dr. Smith, are frequently involved with teaching courses to other surgeons and presenting their techniques and results at national and international meetings. While Dr. Smith is very involved with teaching other bariatric surgeons, Kennestone is not a teaching hospital, and does not utilize Interns or Residents for its surgical care.
Further information on Kennestone Hospital and the WellStar Bariatric Surgery Program can be found on the WellStar Bariatric Surgery Web Page.