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Media Contact: Heidi Press, Public Relations Specialist St. Joseph Mercy Oakland 44405 Woodward Avenue Pontiac, MI 48341 248-858-6662
Free Lifestyle, Weight Management Seminars
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Metabolic Nutrition, Bariatric Surgery Among Topics

Pontiac, Mich.-St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host a series of free informational seminars describing options for people who wish to optimally manage their weight and related health issues.

The next seminar will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011, in the hospital's Franco Communications Center, 44405 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. Subsequent meetings will be held June 21 and 28.

The seminars also will focus on various minimally invasive bariatric surgery options offered at SJMO that can help support lifestyle changes and sustainable weight loss. At the June 14 meeting, general and bariatric surgeon Jacob Roberts, DO, will speak and provide an overview of laparoscopic (i.e., minimally invasive) surgical options: Gastric Bypass Surgery, Adjustable Gastric Banding and Sleeve Gastrectomy. Mark A. Pleatman, MD, an SJMO general surgeon, will speak at the June 21 meeting.

Tom Rifai, MD, Medical Director of SJMO's Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management program, will open the seminars. 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 is also a course director for Harvard Medical School's online CME Lifestyle Medicine course on Metabolic Syndrome designed to teach doctors how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes with a lifestyle-centered approach. Dr. Rifai 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.

Dr. Roberts is on the SJMO medical staff as a general and minimally invasive bariatric surgeon. He performs surgeries at SJMO and at St. Mary Mercy Livonia. 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.

Dr. Pleatman received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Saint Louis University Hospital and a fellowship in Surgical Endoscopy at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Pleatman was the first surgeon in Michigan to perform laparoscopic cholecystectomy. He has been featured on TV and in numerous articles about laparoscopic surgery and has trained many surgeons in these new procedures. Dr. Pleatman also invented and patented a device commonly used around the world for laparoscopic surgery.

Admission is free. Registration is required. To register, call Metabolic Nutrition and Weight Management, 248-858-2475.

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