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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery Achieves National Accreditation for Quality

DOVER, N.H. – The Wentworth-Douglass Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery today announced its accreditation as a Comprehensive Center by the American College of Surgeons, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), ensuring that patients seeking surgical treatment for severe obesity and its related conditions have high-quality choice for receiving care.

MBSAQIP® accreditation, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), recognizes Wentworth-Douglass for meeting the highest standards for safety and quality of care for patients receiving weight loss surgery.

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at the Wentworth-Douglass Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery, Dmytro M. Havaleshko, MD, FACS, says, “Our dedicated multidisciplinary team delivers the most advanced and comprehensive care for patients, including pre- surgery evaluation, nutrition education, and behavioral management training. Our surgeons perform highly sophisticated, fully robotic minimally-invasive surgery using the newest DaVinci Xi platform, employ Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols (ERAS) and other latest research-driven measures, to deliver opioid-free surgery and faster recovery. After surgery, patients are provided with unlimited and ongoing guidance and support.”

The Center’s surgeons Dr. Havaleshko, Dr. Molly Buzdon and Dr. Cynthia Paciulli offer the only fully-robotic Bariatric Surgery program in New Hampshire and Maine.

The standards for MBSAQIP ensure that accredited weight loss programs offer bariatric surgical patients a multidisciplinary program, not just a surgical procedure, which improves patient outcomes and long-term success. The Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery’s comprehensive medical and surgical weight loss programs are led by expertly trained staff, three experienced bariatric surgeons, and board-certified obesity medicine specialists, including Dr. Amulya Siram, who work collaboratively to help patients succeed in their weight loss goals.

“Our commitment to multidisciplinary care throughout the patient’s journey is why our weight loss outcomes are 10-15% above the national average,” says Dr. Havaleshko.  

In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from severe obesity, per the National Institutes of Health, and the numbers continue to increase. Obesity increases the risks of morbidity and mortality because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among other health risks. Metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures have proven to be effective in the reduction of comorbid conditions related to severe obesity, according to research published in the medical journal JAMA*.

For those interested in learning more about weight loss surgery options, the Wentworth-Douglass Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery offers free monthly information sessions in Dover. To learn more or to sign up for a session, call (833) 936-3963 or visit

About Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

Wentworth-Douglass Hospital is a not-for-profit charitable health care organization located in Dover, New Hampshire with a 110-year history of compassionate care and innovation. Serving the Seacoast communities since 1906, it is a family of 3,000 employees including 500+ registered nurses and a medical staff of over 480 physicians and advanced practitioners dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of residents and visitors to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital was awarded Magnet® designation in 2016, joined the Massachusetts General Hospital family in 2017 and includes a 178-bed hospital, several urgent care and walk-in facilities, multiple testing centers, Wentworth Health Partners (primary and specialty provider practices), The Works Family Health and Fitness Center and the Wentworth-Douglass Foundation.

About the American College of Surgeons

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

About the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, founded in 1983, was formed to advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by continually improving the quality and safety of care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases through educational and support programs for surgeons and integrated health professionals.


*Buchwald H, Avidor Y, Braunwald E, et al. Bariatric Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2004;292(14):1724-1737. DOI:10.1001/jama.292.14.1724.

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