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Qualifications

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our bariatric surgeons'  skill in the various procedures​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ has earned them industry recognition.

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Marshfield Clinic surgeons Dr. Vijaya Nirujogi​, Dr.Julio Bird, IV​ and Dr. Timothy Wengert and Marshfield Medical Center have been designated a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) Accredited Center.

The MBSAQIP designation recognizes surgical programs with a track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery and adherence to rigorous standards.

Timothy J. Pitchford, M.D.​, at the Eau Claire Center, is a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SRC-SOEMBS™, an official trademarked designation of Surgical Review Corporation).SRC-SOEMBS seal

Our bariatric surgery program is led by a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including surgeons, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, therapists and physician assistants. 

Our bariatric team works closely with primary care and numerous subspecialists to provide comprehensive care tailored to your individual needs.​

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Obesity Basics: What Is It? How Is It Treated?

There is an epidemic of obesity in this country, health experts say. But what is obesity? How is it measured? Find out the answers to these questions and others by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

1. Body mass index (BMI) is the current standard for finding out whether someone is overweight or obese. BMI corrects for differences in height among people. Which BMI reading is considered obese?
2. What portion of body fat falls in the obese category?
3. How many American adults are considered obese?
4. What causes obesity?
5. Which of these serious health problems has been linked to obesity?
6. If you are considered obese, how much weight do you need to lose to bring about positive health changes?
7. What is a healthy weight loss goal?
8. How much physical activity should you aim for each week to help weight loss?
9. If your healthcare provider recommends weight-loss medicine, when can you expect to lose the most weight?
10. Bariatric surgery may be recommended for people with a BMI of more than 40. What does the procedure involve?