Bariatric Surgery and Non-Surgical Medical Weight Loss Program Reaches Milestone – 100,000 Pounds Lost

Weight Loss Bariatrics 100,000 pounds lost

Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is proud to announce that its bariatric surgery and non-surgical medical weight loss program reached a major milestone this month – a total of more than 100,000 pounds lost since the program began in 2006.

Taesun Moon, DO, FACOS, FASMBS, Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Surgery at CSSMCW stated, “This is not just a number. These 100,000 pounds represent the dedication of the staff for our patients, as well as the hard work and sacrifice of our patients to lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. This is an incredible milestone to reach, not just for us, but for all of our bariatric patients. We want to congratulate them all.”

“This milestone is a reflection of our program as a whole – from our dedicated providers and staff who provide the tools and education for our patients to be successful to, most importantly, our patients who work so hard on achieving their weight loss goals. We are so proud of each and every one of them,” said Metabolic and Bariatric Coordinator Elizabeth Persio.

Led by bariatric surgeons Taesun Moon, DO, FACOS, FASMBS and Peter Bertin, DO, FACOS, the hospital’s nationally accredited bariatric surgery center offers a variety of weight loss surgeries using minimally invasive (laparoscopic) techniques. Patients have their choice of Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve, or Adjustable Gastric Band (LAP-BAND) procedures.

Additionally, the hospital’s program offers non-surgical, individualized weight management. An easy-to-follow program is tailored to each patient that can contain one or a combination of various treatment options, including:

  • Healthy Transformations Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program
  • Modified Ketogenic or Mediterranean diet plans
  • Prescription weight loss medication
  • Behavior modification and lifestyle coaching
  • Nutrition and exercise planning

In three months, bariatric surgery patients lose an average of 35% of their excess body weight, and in 12 months, they lose an average of 70% of their excess body weight. In three months, medical weight loss patients at CSSMCW lose an average of 10.24% of overall weight, 27.34% of excess body weight, and 24.35 pounds.

Regardless of the option chosen, the center’s experienced team of professionals are committed to providing patients with information and guidance through education, encouragement, and support throughout the entire process.

Pictured, L to R: Registered Dietitian Pam Rose, RDN, LDN; Metabolic and Bariatric Coordinator Elizabeth Persio, RN, BS; Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Chief of Surgery Taesun Moon, DO, FACOS, FASMBS; Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeon Peter Bertin, DO, FACOS; and Nurse Practitioner Molly Sambor, MSN, CRNP, AGACNP-BC, PCCN.

About Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber

Founded in 1906, Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber (CSSMCW) is an independent, non-profit acute care hospital in northern Somerset County, bordering Cambria County. The 54-bed hospital shares a campus and collaborates with Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine at Windber (CSSIMMW), a private, non-profit biomedical research center. With more than 450 employees, CSSMCW is the fourth largest employer in Somerset County. CSSMCW’s mission is to provide excellence in personalized, quality health care services through innovation, research and education in response to community needs. For more information visit