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 surgeon Walter Chlysta, MD, FACS, 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.
Ohio native, Walter J. Chlysta MD, FACS, 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 500 laparoscopic bariatric procedures during his 18 years of experience with laparoscopic surgery.
His background is as follows: 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, and appointed Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the Northeast Ohio Medical University. 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.
Dr. Chlysta was appointed Medical Director of the Bariatric Center at Akron General Medical Center in 2005.
June Adams, RN, Operating Room
Holli Badgett, Surgery Secretary
Adriane Bennett, PhD, Psychology 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
Kathy Kolton, RN, CNOR, Surgical Services Manager
Crystal Maag, Surgical Technician
Julie McDonald, Surgical Technician
Joyce Moore,MSN, RN, NE-BC, Director of Nursing 52A