At University of Minnesota Physicians, we understand how difficult it can be to find a weight loss solution that really works. We bring together the resources and expertise you need to make permanent weight loss a reality. Our multidisciplinary teams create a customized weight management program designed around your unique physical and emotional needs. With a complete range of medical, surgical and counseling options, you’ll find new hope for lasting success.
UMPhysicians weight loss providers include doctors, nurses, dieticians, psychologists, surgeons and physical and rehabilitation therapists — all working collaboratively to help you accomplish your health and weight loss goals. We have programs that fit a wide range of needs, so you can pick the program that fits your unique situation.
Lifestyle Medicine Program for Weight Management, located at Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic – We help adult patients with a BMI greater than 30, or who are dealing with weight-related illnesses (or co-morbidities). Our program assists patients achieve a healthier weight through better choices in eating and activity. This program emphasizes education and awareness, focusing on lifestyle changes through diet and exercise with support and consultation from your health care team and a care coordinator. Other features include:
- Convenient location at a community clinic with free parking
- Led by a family physician with specialty training in sports medicine, your health care team also includes nutritionists and a psychologist
- Excellent for those with obesity and back or joint pain or those who are planning an upcoming hip or knee joint replacement surgery
Medical Weight Management Program – This program, located at the at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview is designed for adults and older teens with a BMI greater than 30 or whose health and well-being is impacted by extra weight. Our focus is on patients whose weight is impacted by complex physical or mental health problems, have large amounts of weight to lose, have a need for rapid weight loss, have not had success with usual weight loss treatments or have had weight regain after weight loss surgery. We offer comprehensive individualized treatment that may include medications, dietary and activity plans, and ongoing support. We refer patients for psychological counseling, physical therapy or other medical specialists as needed. Other aspects of our program include:
- Staff of endocrinologists (diabetes specialists)
- Relationship with the Weight Loss Surgery Center
Weight Loss Surgery Center - The Weight Loss Surgery Center at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, is a certified Bariatric Center of Excellence. We provide safe and effective minimally invasive weight loss surgery using all current techniques, including a full range of surgical options. In addition to offering an experienced, comprehensive approach to treating obesity as a disease, our surgeons participate in academic-based research and offer clinical trial opportunities that feature new approaches to weight loss. We offer:
- Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
- Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding
- Laparoscopic duodenal switch
- Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy
- Revisional surgery and laparoscopic conversion of procedures
Pediatric Weight Management Program – This program is specifically designed for the unique needs of children ages 2-21 and their families. When you visit the Weight Management Program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, your team will take into account your child’s age, health needs, emotional issues, family dynamics and lifestyle when recommending a weight loss plan.
Clinics & Providers
- Kopacz, Kristi, PA-C
- Physician Assistant
- Stovitz, Steven D, MD
- Family and Sports Medicine Physician
- Beckman, Tiffany R, MD, MPH
- Endocrinologist; Weight Management Specialist
- Billington, Charles J, MD
- Endocrinologist, Weight Management Specialist
- Buchwald, Henry, MD
- Surgeon, Bariatric Surgeon
- Ikramuddin, Sayeed, MD
- Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgeon
- Leslie, Daniel, MD
Weight Loss Surgeon
- Schneider, Donna, RN, MS, CNP
- Nurse Practitioner
Gastric bypass surgery to treat diabetes
Sayeed Ikramuddin, M.D., is teaming with researchers around the world to conduct clinical trials of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes.
Natural orifice surgery for obesity
Our researchers are studying how well an experimental type of surgery called Natural Orifice Transluminal Endocopic Surgery (NOTES) may work in treating obesity. For example, gastric bypass surgery could be performed through a patient’s mouth.