Bariatric Surgery Nutrition

Purpose of Clinic Services

  • To assist patients with nutrition needs before and after bariatric surgery
  • To maximize weight loss and minimize nutritional deficiencies for post-surgery patients.

Role of the Clinical Nutritionist: 

  • To provide informational seminars on bariatric nutrition to people considering weight loss surgery including gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric sleeve
  • To provide nutritional counseling for bariatric surgery patients at all initial and follow-up appointments
  • To help facilitate the Lighter than Life Bariatric Surgery Support Group 

Treatment Goals: 

  • Optimize weight loss
  • Maintain nutritional status during and after weight loss
  • Provide support and guidance through the Bariatric Surgery Support Group

For Further Information: 

  • Call the Bariatric Dietitians at:  434-243-9348
  • Visit the UVA Bariatric Surgery Program website

Your Bariatric Dietitians are:Mary Simmons, RD and Rebecca Puffer, MPH, RD

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Mary Simmons, RD 

Undergraduate: 
James Madison University 
Internship:
UVA Health System
Professional Organization Memberships:
American Dietetic Association
Virginia Dietetic Association
American Dietetic Association Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Professional areas of Interest/Research:
Obesity
Bariatric surgery
Nutrient deficiencies related to bariatric surgery

Rebecca Puffer, MPH, RD
Education:
Davidson College
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dietetic Internship:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professional Organization Memberships:
American Dietetic Association
Virginia Dietetic Association
American Dietetic Association Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
Professional Areas of Interest & Research:
Obesity Prevention Education
Bariatric Surgery
Vitamin Supplementation for Bariatric Surgery