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Drs. Moon, Scott, and Villanueva are fellowship-trained in minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy. They perform a wide range of general surgery, including endoscopies, colonoscopies, and surgeries for GERD and hernias (including large defect surgery). They also have a focus on Metabolic and Bariatric surgery, including Roux-en-y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional (second chance) surgeries.
Taesun Moon, DO, FACOS, FASMBS
Board Certified in General Surgery
Dr. Moon began his career at the hospital in 2013 as an independent surgeon. He became the hospital’s Bariatric Program Director in 2015 and actively participates in the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). He is also Chief of Surgery at Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber.
Since graduating from his Bariatric and Laparoscopic Fellowship in 2006, Dr. Moon has been performing laparoscopic general and bariatric surgery. He has performed more than 850 bariatric surgical procedures. These procedures include the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, which reduces the size of the stomach by creating a pouch and gastric sleeve, which involves removal of a large portion of the stomach. Dr. Moon has interest in innovations and advancements in the field of surgery, and he continues to expand his medical knowledge by adding procedures and education of new techniques to his practice.
Dr. Moon graduated with a degree from Cornell University, where he completed his General Surgery residency at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center – an affiliate of Cornell Medical Center. He further refined his laparoscopic and bariatric skills at Pinnacle Health in Harrisburg. He is board certified in general surgery, and also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Tameka Scott, DO
Tameka Scott, DO is fellowship-trained in advanced gastrointestinal endoscopy and minimally invasive foregut surgery. She performs a diverse blend of minimally invasive and open surgical procedures with a focus on preventative endoscopic procedures as well as foregut procedures, including hiatal hernia repair, pyloroplasty, sleeve gastrectomy, and LINX procedure.
Dr. Scott received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a traditional rotating internship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Kennedy Health System and went on to complete her residency training at Hackensack University Medical Center at Palisades in New Jersey. With an interest in developing her MIS and foregut surgery experience, she then completed a non-traditional fellowship in Advanced GI MIS/Foregut at Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh.
She has previously held Attending General Surgeon positions with Allegheny Health Network Grove City Medical Center and Mercy Hospital Ada in Oklahoma.
Dr. Scott has been practicing medicine for more than 8 years and offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment plans to her patients.
Hugo Villanueva, MD
Board Certified in General Surgery
Hugo Villanueva, MD is a fellowship-trained minimally invasive surgeon specializing in bariatric and foregut surgery. He provides comprehensive general surgical care with an emphasis on minimally invasive approaches. He brings an impressive skill set in both laparoscopic and robotic techniques, contributing to our commitment to comprehensive and modern surgical care.
Dr. Villanueva’s expertise comes from a robust experience of over 1,000 procedures performed during his fellowship. His bariatric training alone comprises over 300 cases, including more than 200 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgeries. Furthermore, he has significant experience with lesser-known bariatric procedures such as BPD-DS (biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) and SADI-S (single-anastomosis duodeno-ileostomy with sleeve gastrectomy). His training also includes revisions and conversions of prior unsuccessful bariatric surgeries. Additionally, he has advanced endoscopic training, having performed hundreds of endoscopic procedures including dilation and stenting.
Dr. Villanueva’s extensive foregut training also allows him to provide comprehensive surgical care for esophageal reflux diseases, which include repair of hiatal hernias, fundoplications, and LINX procedures. His competence in minimally invasive methods also covers the insertion of enteral feeding tubes.
Dr. Villanueva earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He completed his minimally invasive bariatric and foregut surgery fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center. He is board certified in general surgery.
Bringing more than seven years of specialized training, Dr. Villanueva is poised to provide compassionate, comprehensive, and proficient treatment for his patients.