Photo of Penn Bariatric Surgery patient, Erika Durham stretching before a run.

Meet Erika

Erika was tired of always feeling physically and emotionally drained. One day she decided it was time to make a change with bariatric surgery at Penn.

Watch her story

Under the leadership of Noel Williams, MD, FRCSI, director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program, our staff consists of a team of professionals who are experts in their respective fields — nursing, nutrition, psychology and surgery. The team works together to provide patients with the best surgical care, while also helping patients achieve lifestyle and weight loss goals.

We're committed to helping patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their overall health. Because every patient considering bariatric surgery is unique, our program offers a full range of bariatric surgical options, ensuring that patients receive the bariatric surgery that will provide them with the best possible results.

All bariatric surgery procedures performed here use a minimally invasive approach with either laparoscopy or robotic surgery. Both surgical approaches offer many benefits for patients, including shorter recovery times and less post-operative pain.

MBSAQIP Accredited CenterThe Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program is accredited a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive at all three of our locations: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

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Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Procedures and Information

Information Sessions

Find an information session, where you can learn about Penn's Bariatric Surgery Program and see if it's right for you.

Support Groups

Whether you’re pre- or post-surgery, support groups are a good opportunity to share experiences and receive support from the Penn Bariatric community. Remember to sign in to receive credit for attending. No appointments are necessary!

Awards and Accolades

Penn's Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery program has been recognized as a MBSAQIP Accredited Center – Comprehensive and more.

Who Is a Candidate

Bariatric surgery is an important step in your journey to good health. Learn if you may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery at Penn.


Read about the procedures available to you at Penn Medicine.

What to Expect

We ensure the safety of our patients and positive outcomes by adhering to strict processes before and after surgery.

Patient Stories

Read stories from our patients who have had bariatric surgery at Penn.


Meet the team of experts who are associated with bariatric surgery.

Adolescent Bariatric Program

The Adolescent Bariatric Program is a unique collaboration of staff from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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