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Our Bariatric Program

Our Team

At Akron General, we understand that obesity is a disease, and you need a team you can trust if you're going to beat it. Led by experienced surgeons Walter Chlysta, MD, FACS and Christopher Daigle, MD, our team includes dietitians, psychologists, registered nurses, health and fitness professionals and surgical technicians, all focused on preparing you for surgery and helping you keep the weight off after surgery.

 dr.=An Ohio native, Dr. Chlysta is a board certified general surgeon with a practice that focuses on general surgery, endoscopy and other advanced laparoscopic procedures.

As one of the first northeast Ohio surgeons to offer laparoscopic weight loss surgery, including the gastric banding procedure, the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, he has performed more than 1,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures during his 18 years of experience with laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Chlysta graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Kent State University with dual major in chemistry and pre-medicine; was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society; and graduated Cum Laude with medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship and residency at Akron General Medical Center. Dr. Chlysta’s main clinical interest was advanced laparoscopic surgery. He went on to receive additional training in advanced laparoscopic surgery at The Yale Laparoscopic Center in New Haven, Connecticut.

In 2001, he was board certificated by The American Board of Surgery. In 2003, he was granted Fellow status in the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and then admitted as a full member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in 2004. Additionally, he serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toledo COM, as well as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.

 dr.=Dr. Daigle is a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon. He received his medical degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada and went on to complete his residency in general surgery at the University of Toronto. Following his residency, Dr. Daigle moved to Cleveland to complete a two-year fellowship in bariatric surgery at Cleveland Clinic, where he trained on utilizing the latest technology in minimally invasive weight-loss surgery.

Dr. Daigle specializes in laparoscopic weight loss surgery, including the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy, as well as revisions. He has performed more than 200 bariatric surgeries throughout his medical career.

In January 2016, Dr. Daigle joined the Bariatric Center at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Outside of the Bariatric Center, he also sees patients at his general surgery practice.

Dr. Daigle is also an accomplished researcher in the field of bariatric surgery with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and meeting presentations. He currently holds the title of Assistant Professor of Surgery at Northeast Ohio Medical University, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Toledo COM. He is also an active member with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Obesity Action Coalition, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

June Adams, RN, Operating Room
Adriane Bennett, PhD, Psychology Services Services
Michelle Dudek, MPT, Supervisor of Rehabilitation Services
Rose Fowler, Secretary for Dr. Chlysta
Alan Gilbertson, PhD, Chief of Psychology
Kim Knopp, MS, RD, LD, CDE, Registered Dietitian Amy Laktash MSN, RN, NP-C, Nurse Practitioner Crystal Maag, Surgical Technician
Julie McDonald, Surgical Technician Jim Surso, Surgical Assistant Tonya Thomas, CNP, Coordinator

Date Updated: 13-JUL-2017

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