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VCU Health named a preferred provider for bariatric surgery patients

Guilherme Rocha Campos, MD, FACS, FASMBSWednesday, Feb 21
Per VCU News: “The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has named VCU Health Division of Bariatric and Gastrointestinal Surgery as a Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery.  The designation is part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program, which recognizes nationally designated health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in their field of care.” Learn More

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

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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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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