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AAMC Opens New Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program

(August 9, 2012)—Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) has named Alex Gandsas, M.D., as director of the AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program. He will oversee the implementation and management of the program.

The AAMC Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery program is comprehensive and designed to ensure that all patients have safe, successful weight loss surgeries. Under Dr. Gandsas’ direction, the center will perform laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. Candidates for surgery should have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 40, be 100 or more pounds overweight and have tried and failed to lose weight using other non-surgical methods. As part of the new program, Dr. Gandsas and his team are offering free weight loss surgery seminars twice a month.

Seminars will be held on August 16 and 30, September 5 and 18, and October 9 and 30. To register, visit or call 443-924-2900. Convenient, free onsite parking is provided.

A renowned expert in the field of bariatric surgery, Dr. Gandsas has performed 2,200 bariatric surgeries. Prior to joining AAMC, he was professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey. There he also was program director of the University’s School of Medicine Bariatric Fellowship Program and Chief of Surgery of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford, NJ.

Dr. Gandsas is currently the chairman of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Committee. A board-certified surgeon and a fellow in the American College of Surgeons, he is actively involved in the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgery. He is also involved in the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

AAMC Opens New Weight Loss and Metabolic Surgery Program with Alex Gandsas, M.D.

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