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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
44405 Woodward Avenue
Pontiac, MI 48341

Free Lifestyle Weight Management Seminar
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Host Free Lifestyle,Weight Management Seminar

Community Program Also Focuses on Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery Options

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host a free informational seminar on options for people who wish to optimally manage their weight and related health issues at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the hospital’s Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac.

The seminar also will focus on various minimally invasive bariatric surgery options offered at SJMO that can help support lifestyle changes and sustainable weight loss.

Tom Rifai, MD, Medical Director of SJMO’s Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management program, will open the seminar. He will provide information about the serious medical implications of being overweight and how a physician-led, lifestyle-based medical program can help restore a patient’s quality of life and best prevent or medically manage diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems and other nutritional issues.

Dr. Rifai earned his medical degree from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he continues as Clinical Assistant Professor. He also is a course director for Harvard Medical School’s online CME Lifestyle Medicine course on Metabolic Syndrome.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists and is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  He serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the world-renowned Pritikin Longevity Center in Miami, Fla.

The program also will feature Jacob Roberts, DO, general and bariatric surgeon at SJMO, who is affiliated with the Michigan Bariatric Institute.  He will focus on  “A Minimal Surgical Approach to Treating Obesity” and give an overview of the bariatric surgery program and the types of procedures it offers.

Dr. Roberts performs surgeries at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and at St. Mary Mercy Livonia, both Saint Joseph Mercy Health System member hospitals.  He received his medical degree at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and was chief resident at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Oakland Center in Madison Heights, Mich.  He completed his fellowship training at the Chicago Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, Ill.  Dr. Roberts also is board certified in General Surgery.

The public is welcome free of charge.  Free parking is available on the north side of the hospital, adjacent to the Franco Communications Center and Medical Office Building.

To register, call SJMO’s Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management office, 248-858-2475.

About St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a 443-bed comprehensive, community, teaching hospital and a long-time leader in health care in Oakland County.  Founded in 1927 by the Sisters of Mercy, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland has won numerous local and national awards for patient safety, quality and performance, and consistently ranks in the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide.  A member of the Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, St Joseph Mercy Oakland is a technologically leading hospital that combines advanced medicine and personal care to assist patients on their path to wellness. With dedicated physicians, nurses and hospital staff committed to providing quality care throughout the patient stay, St Joseph Mercy Oakland has truly personalized the patient care experience.

For more information about health services offered at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland, please visit 

About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a newly expanded health care organization serving southeast Michigan. Health coverage spans six counties, including Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy in Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy in Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, 119-bed St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron, 113-bed Chelsea Community Hospital and 74-bed St. Joseph Mercy Saline. Combined, the seven hospitals are licensed for 1,726 beds, have five outpatient health centers, five urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 14,000 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. 

A member of Trinity Health, the nation’s fourth largest Catholic health care organization, SJMHS is committed to providing a remarkable patient experience by using leading edge technology in a comforting and healing environment. As a mission based organization, Saint Joseph Mercy Health System provides approximately $100 million in community benefit to the communities it serves each year.

For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit


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