UM Center for Weight Management and Wellness: Why Choose Us?

We are dedicated to long-term weight loss success for our patients through bariatric surgery and lifestyle changes. Since 2007, we have been a Center of Excellence recognized by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for our bariatric surgery program. Learn more about us.

We strongly believe that bariatric surgery is just the beginning of your weight loss journey. For long-term success, you need to commit to lifestyle changes that support maintaining a healthy weight. That’s why we take a team approach to weight loss with our supportive services, including:

We’re committed to ensuring that our patients get the tools they need to achieve and maintain weight loss.

Services for Surgical Weight Loss

At University of Maryland (UM) Center for Weight Management and Wellness, we offer two options for bariatric surgery, all with laparoscopic (minimally invasive) approaches. That means a faster and easier recovery for you, with less pain and scarring. Learn more about our bariatric surgery options:

Medical Weight Loss at University of Maryland

For patients who do not qualify for bariatric surgery, we offer a nonsurgical weight loss program. Our physicians, counselors, personal trainers, sports medicine physicians and other weight loss specialists work as a team to develop a personalized medical weight loss program to meet your needs.

We offer our medical weight loss services for children above age 2 and adults. Learn more about our nonsurgical weight loss program.

Meet our Weight Loss Team

Mark Kligman, MD, director of the UM Center for Weight Management and Wellness, leads our bariatric surgery program.

  • Our head surgeon is an expert in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) procedures for weight loss.
  • He has achieved an outstanding success rate and an extremely low complication rate in bariatric surgery.
  • Dr. Kligman specializes in laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery, also known as Roux-en-Y. Gastric bypass is the most frequently performed bariatric surgery.

Read more about our team.

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

Bariatric surgery helps people who are unable to lose a large amount of weight and maintain the loss through diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes. Surgery can be a good choice for adults:

  • From ages 18 to 70 who have a BMI (body mass index) over 40, which is greater than 100 pounds overweight
  • With a BMI between 35 and 40, which is approximately 75 pounds overweight, who have obesity-related medical complications, such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.
    • Adults with a BMI between 35 and 40 without obesity-related complications can ask their primary care physician to order a glucose tolerance test (GTT) and SPLIT sleep study to determine whether they have diabetes or sleep apnea.
  • Who have failed to lose weight through nonsurgical methods, including medical weight loss programs, diets and exercise. Some health insurance companies may require documentation of participation in at least one weight loss program before they will cover bariatric surgery costs.

People who are considering weight loss surgery must be willing and able to commit to lifelong changes, including:

  • Making substantial changes in lifestyle, including eating and exercise habits
  • Keeping up a medical weight loss program, including follow-up visits with your weight loss team at UM Center for Weight Management and Wellness

Attend a Free Seminar on Weight Loss

You can find out whether you would be a good candidate for gastric bypass in our free weight loss seminar. Sign up for an in-person or online seminar to learn more about your options and get answers to your questions.

If you would like to make an appointment or talk to someone about our services, please call 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 or 410-328-8940 (physicians).