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Virginia Bariatric Society
State Chapter Spring Meeting

The Virginia Bariatric Society (VBS) State Chapter held its Annual Spring Meeting the weekend of April 21-23 at the Wyndham Virginia Crossings Convention Center in Glen Allen, Virginia. The 2017 Keynote Speaker was Dr. John Morton, Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

New this year was a Bariatric Paper Competition open to all fellows, residents and integrated health trainees for submission of original work relevant to the care of a bariatric patient. VCU won the first prize for the presentation of the abstract “Blunting of adaptive thermogenesis as a potential additional mechanism to promote weight loss after gastric bypass” authored by Doctoral Candidate Mathew Browning, MS; Dr. Charlotte Rabl from Paracelsus University in Austria and Dr. Guilherme M. Campos, VCU Professor of Surgery.

(l to r) Dr Sameer Alrefai, MIS Bariatric Fellow and Guilherme M. Campos, MD, PhD, VCU Professor of Surgery and Vice-President and President-Elect of the VBSVCU Health team was well represented at the meeting with Dr. Guilherme M. Campos, VCU Professor of Surgery and the Vice-President and President–Elect of the VBS; Rachel Wilson, Treasurer of VBS, Tasha Clingempeel, NP; Jill Meador, Bariatric Clinical Coordinator; Sally Wimberley, Dietitian; Melinda Hancock, VCU CFO; Dr. Jennifer Salluzzo, Assistant Professor of Surgery, and MIS fellow, Dr. Sameer Alrefai. More photos


To learn more about the Virginia Bariatric Society State Chapter please visit www.virginiabariatricsociety.com


VCU Health video “Every Day Heroes” includes a cameo appearance by Division Chair, Dr. Campos

For every patient, at every hospital and health system, a team of heroes is on call — in celebration of National Hospital Week May 7-12


Meet our colorectal surgical specialists at Massey Cancer Center

Massey is pleased to welcome Dr. Jaime Bohl, Dr. Leopoldo Fernandez and Dr. Emily Rivet to our gastrointestinal cancers...

Posted by VCU Massey Cancer Center on Monday, March 27, 2017

Jaime L. Bohl, MD and Emily Rivet, MD are colorectal surgeons on the faculty at the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery.

Welcome New Faculty 2017

Please welcome Jaime L. Bohl, MD, FACS, FASCRS to the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Jaime L Bohl, MD Chief, Colon & Rectal SurgeryDr. Jaime L. Bohl joins the Division on January 2, 2017 as our second colon and rectal surgeon.

Dr. Bohl has clinical interests in rectal cancer with anal sphincter sparing techniques, minimally invasive surgery, inflammatory bowel disease, colonoscopy, and hereditary colon and rectal cancer syndromes. Having been in academic practice for eight years, she is committed to graduate medical education, having served on multiple committees at the ACGME and for medical school admissions.

Dr. Bohl obtained her Bachelor of Science degree at Duke University in psychology and chemistry and attended medical school at the University of Virginia. She completed her general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University, followed by a colon and rectal fellowship at Lahey Clinic.

Dr. Bohl’s research focus includes regenerative medicine approaches to fecal incontinence and quality improvement of surgical outcomes for colon and rectal disease.

A New Convenient Location:

VCU Health announces a new office location for our patients on the south side with the opening of Stony Point 9109: Learn More

Surgery Check-in, Gateway Building, 5th Floor reception area

Services offered at 9109 include dermatology; ear,nose and throat; audiology; pre and post general and bariatric surgical outpatient care; and reproductive services.

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New Faculty Announcement

EFFECTIVE 12/1/16: Please welcome Emily B. Rivet, MD, MBA, FACS, FASCRS, to the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Emily B. Rivet, MD, MBA, FACS, FACRSDr. Rivet is a colon and rectal surgeon with clinical interests in minimally invasive approaches for treatment of colon and rectal disease, surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease, malignant conditions of the colon, rectum and anus, screening and diagnostic colonoscopy, and benign anal and rectal problems. Dr. Rivet enjoyed a successful practice in the community for seven years and held leadership positions, including Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery at Maryview Medical Center and Physician Representative to the Commission on Cancer and Physician Leader for Palliative Care at Maryview Medical Center. 

After obtaining her medical degree at Washington University, Dr. Rivet stayed to complete a general surgery residency, and colon and rectal surgery fellowship. During her GS residency, Dr. Rivet received an MBA focusing on economics and logistics in health care from Washington. Dr. Rivet's interest in Hospice and Palliative Medicine led to recently completing additional fellowship training at VCU, resulting in an appointment as an Attending Physician on the palliative medicine service, both on the inpatient consult service and covering the inpatient palliative medicine unit.

Dr. Rivet’s research focus is in the advancement of knowledge regarding integration of palliative medicine into the care of surgical patients. Additionally, she is interested in medical and surgical ethics and plans to serve on the ethics committee at VCU. In addition, Dr. Rivet is concerned with end of life care and ethical medical practice, including the issues associated with research allocation in health care and how these intersect with the practice of surgery. Learn More 

VCU News:

More than 100 pounds lighter, VCU Health bariatric patient is encouraging others to change

Posted by VCU Department of Surgery on Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Faculty August 2016

Please welcome Jennifer Salluzzo, MD to the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Jennifer L. Salluzzo, MDA general surgeon with advanced training in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Salluzzo completed her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, a general surgery residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Fellowship at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Dr. Salluzzo's clinic interests include minimally invasive approaches to bariatric and foregut surgery, as well as laparoscopic hernia surgery and complex abdominal wall reconstruction. Her research has thus far focused on bariatric surgery. Specifically, Dr. Salluzzo has been studying enhanced recovery protocols for post-operative management of bariatric patients, as well as protocols for the prevention and management of dehydration after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Salluzzo looks forward to involvement with students and residents in the clinic and operating room, and is very excited to start working with everyone. Learn more

Congratulations Dr. Aquilina

Chosen by vote from M-III Medical Students, Dr. Aquilina, Assistant Professor, was awarded the “Medical Student Teaching by Faculty Award” for 2015-2016

Mecial Student Teaching by Faculty Award presented to Gretchen Aquilina, MD / photo of plaque

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Dr. Campos selected as ACS Health Policy Scholar for 2016

Want to Know More About Weight Loss Surgery?

Take the first step to VCU Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program for weight loss by attending one of our free informative seminars.

Weight Loss Surgery Seminars

Join the discussion to learn more about: 

  • Health risks related to obesity.
  • When to consider weight loss surgery.
  • Realistic goals for weight loss.
  • Eligibility requirements for weight loss surgery.
  • The types of weight loss surgeries offered at VCU Medical Center, including the potential risks, benefits, and alternatives for each procedure.

Call 827-0045 for location nearest you


Deepa Taggarshe, MD

Gretchen Aquilina, DO, has been promoted to Assistant Professor in the Division of Bariatric & Gastrointestional Surgery.

Dr. Aquilina completed a MIS Fellowship at VCU Medical Center in 2014 and has been working as a Bariatric Instructor at VCU Health System.

Appointment effective July 1, 2015




Guilherme M. Campos, MD, PhD joins the Division of Bariatric & Gastrointestinal Surgery as Division Chair effective March 1, 2015.

Please help us welcome Dr. Campos to VCU

One of America's leading experts on laparoscopy, Dr. Campos was most recently Professor of Surgery and Director of the Gastrointestinal and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin (UW) in Madison. Experienced in surgical techniques involving minimally invasive bariatric and metabolic surgery including revisions; minimally invasive surgery and therapeutic endoscopy for esophageal and gastric diseases, including minimally invasive esophagectomy and gastrectomies; and minimally invasive general surgery.

He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and a member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), Central Surgical Association, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, among other professional organizations.

Dr. Campos's research focuses on treatment outcomes after minimally invasive and endoscopic procedures for obesity, esophageal and gastric diseases; and the study of changes in glucose regulatory mechanisms after bariatric surgery. He has authored or co-authored over 90 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in books, has performed live surgery demonstrations in 5 national meetings, and has presented his work at more than 120 national and international meetings.


Division of General Surgery is now the Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery


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