At Chattanooga Bariatrics, we have a team of expert surgeons, led by Dr. Jaime Ponce, who are committed to a safe, successful procedure – as well as continued support throughout your journey. We call our patients “Patients for Life” because we are dedicated to working with you to not only find success, but to keep a healthy, active lifestyle years after your procedure day.
Jaime Ponce, MD, FACSBariatric Surgeon
Dr. Ponce has been the Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He completed a General Surgery Residency at East Tennessee State University and has published articles, taught hundreds of other surgeons, and is recognized as an international leader in bariatric surgery.
Richard F. Fromm, MD, FACSBariatric Surgeon
Dr. Fromm is a bariatric surgeon who is particularly interested in the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band procedure. He graduated with Honors from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his General Surgery Residency at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Fromm is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Steve W. Paynter, MD, FACSBariatric Surgeon
Dr. Paynter graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1983, and completed his residency in General Surgery at East Tennessee State University. He has a special interest in theGastric Band procedure and has been an active participant in the LAP-BAND® program at Hamilton Medical Center since its inception in 2000. Dr Paynter is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Member of the AMA, American Society of General Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and ASMBS.
We are proud to be the only practice in the Chattanooga area that is 100% dedicated to bariatrics.