Obesity is a debilitating condition affecting the physical as well as emotional health of thousands of people. Diabetes, sleep apnea, abdominal hernias, respiratory issues as well as many other chronic diseases are directly correlated to the condition of obesity. Bariatric surgery is a commonly used treatment for weight loss in obese patients. As a result of these surgeries, the quality of life for patients is improved dramatically, while also decreasing the risk of other diseases.
As a part of the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery provides a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for patients. The team prides itself on its superior long-term successes. Our surgeons have performed over 3,000 bariatric procedures and have one of the lowest complication rates in the United States.
Johns Hopkins Medicine owes its existence, and its continuing excellence, to the generosity of individuals. With very limited funding currently available and decreasing every year, private philanthropy allows Johns Hopkins Medicine to continue its ongoing efforts as a leader in innovative and compassionate treatment, groundbreaking research, and cutting-edge education. The research programs of the Center for Bariatric Surgery —which directly benefit patients—focus on interests such as the improvement in diabetes after gastric bypass, innovation in minimally invasive surgeries and the study of surgical outcomes in an effort to improve operative strategies and techniques. Such research initiatives have been made possible through the generosity of our grateful patients and donors.
Contributions to the program can be made in support of bariatric surgery in general or can be restricted to benefit the work of a specific surgeon or area of research within the program. To make an online contribution, please use this link and complete the required fields. In the gift designation menu, choose “The Center for Bariatric Surgery Fund.” If you would like to direct your gift to a specific surgeon or area, please note that in the “Other designation” field.
Thank you for your partnership. With your help, we can continue to make major strides in advancing our research and providing a better quality of life for patients. For additional information or to explore other giving opportunities please contact:
Jessica H. Towns
Associate Director of Development
The Fund for Johns Hopkins Medicine
Departments of Surgery and
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
100 N. Charles Street, Suite 421
Baltimore, MD 21201