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Meet The Surgeons

Thomas R. Walsh, MD

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., with magna cum laude honors

Medical Degree:
Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C

University Health Center of Pittsburgh, P.A. General surgeon in private practice since 1991, specializing in bariatric, cancer and laparascopic surgery

As a general surgeon, Dr. Tom Walsh performed hundreds of operations on overweight and obese patients with diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol. These patients would return to him for additional procedures as their conditions worsened, sharing their anguish over their inability to lose weight. He was compelled to find a surgical solution. Through exhaustive research, he and Dr. Dasher determined that the innovative techniques, Sleeve Gastric Bypass, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Rouen-y Gastric Bypass and gastric banding, were the best options for their patients. After extensive training, they began performing the Mini Gastric Bypass procedure in 2002. While Dr. Walsh continues to be pleased by the levels of weight loss achieved and maintained by his patients, it is the cure rates for their weight-related chronic conditions that bring him the most gratification.

“The dramatic impact of this surgery is a completely different future for my patient. The metabolic changes bring immediate weight loss, as well as the cure to diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and so many other weight-related problems."

“My patients recoup decades of active life that otherwise would have been lost without the benefits of this procedure. They can’t believe how healthy they’ve become”

James Dasher, MD

Undergraduate: College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Medical Degree: Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Residency: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia

General surgeon in private practice since 1998, specializing in bariatric, cancer and laparoscopic surgery

While Dr. Jim Dasher saw the negative impact of excess weight on his surgical patients, for him it was the social ramifications faced by parents of young children that truly resonated. It seemed that everywhere he went with his young family— from church functions to school events like softball games or plays—he observed overweight parents facing striking limitations because of their size. Whether dealing with the embarrassment of small chairs in an assembly hall, or being unable to run the bases with their Little Leaguers, they were missing out on some of the most important moments in their children’s lives. Choosing Sleeve Gastric Bypass (also commonly referred to as Mini Gastric Bypass), gastric banding, sleeve gastrectomy and rouen-y gastric bypass procedures as surgical solutions had particular appeal to him because they are less invasive than other bariatric surgeries, allowing busy parents and professionals to return to their normal activities more quickly.

“Obesity is an epidemic in the United States today. And for our patients, surgical intervention is the only way they are able to reach and maintain a healthy weight."

“I love it when my patients come to clinic for their six-month visit, grinning from ear- to- ear because they look so young, their diabetes is cured, they have become engaged, are more successful in their jobs, or may even be pregnant! In addition to those wonderful changes, it’s not unusual for a patient to tell me that after only one month they have completely stopped taking their diabetes medications. The physical and social changes are thrilling to behold!”