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Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program

Contact number | 202-476-2150
Sabrina Surace

Sabrina's Weight-Loss Surgery Journey

After feeling like she had exhausted her weight-loss options, Sabrina came to Children's National to achieve her goal of a healthier lifestyle.

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At Children’s National Hospital, our Bariatric Surgery Program performs weight-loss surgery for children and adolescents and provides a range of support services to help your family achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Childhood obesity is a complex condition that dramatically increases the risk of other serious health problems, such as diabetes, disability, heart disease and mental health issues. If your child has tried different weight-loss methods without success, weight-loss surgery is a treatment option that can help children and adolescents achieve better health when combined with lifestyle changes.

Choosing Children's National for Bariatric Surgery

We know that weight-loss surgery is not a decision you and your child are making lightly. Together with your family, Children's National helps to create a strong support system to help patients come to an informed decision, make the important lifestyle changes, and even adjust their new bodies after weight loss surgery. Highlights of our program include:

  • Dedicated multidisciplinary team.  Children’s National performs over 100 pediatric bariatric surgery cases each year. Our surgeons are board-certified in both general surgery and pediatric surgery. Additionally, our team includes a wide range of pediatric weight-loss specialists who understand that children are not simply “younger-adults.” We work with each other and with your family to provide the best outcome possible. Meet our team.
  • Quality care. We are accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). This designation makes Children’s National one of the first children’s hospitals to receive such accreditation, and the only hospital in the area to be accredited to perform safe, high-quality weight loss surgery for teenagers. Learn more.
  • Level 1 Surgery Verification. We have attained Level 1 Surgery Verification from the American College of Surgeons, a distinction that recognizes surgery centers that have improved surgical quality, prevented complications, reduced costs and saved lives.
  • Personalized care. Your child may have their own questions about bariatric surgery and their post-surgery bodies. Our team includes child psychologists who can talk to your child and address any questions or concerns he or she may have. In addition, we will develop a personalized lifestyle and follow-up plan for your child to adhere to both before and after weight-loss surgery.
  • Family-focused. We strongly emphasize family education, and we encourage family members to be active participants in the healthcare team.

Understanding Bariatric Surgery

At Children’s National, we provide children and adolescents with a safe, effective surgery and successful outcome. After a year, our patients lose an average of 70-100 pounds (sometimes more). In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, bariatric surgery reduces the risk of developing other diseases.

If you are considering weight-loss surgery for your child or teenager, we recommend that you talk to one of our pediatric surgical specialists. We also recommend you do the weight-loss surgery earlier rather than later since children will continue to gain weight as they grow, lessening the benefits of the surgery. 

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Contact Information

For more information about the Bariatric Surgery Program, please call 202-476-2151. To make an appointment with the Bariatric Surgery Program, please call 202-476-2150. For urgent assistance outside of business hours, please call 202-476-5000.

Renesha's Story



When Renesha came to Children's at 19-years-old, she weighed 286 pounds. Now, after her treatment through the Obesity Program, she's a self-proclaimed "health freak," encouraging her family and friends to work out and eat healthy with her.

Renesha's Story

Weight-Loss Surgery (Bariatric Surgery) Program Team

  • Timothy Kane

    Timothy Kane
    Division Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery

  • Children's National Hospital

    Mikael Petrosyan
    Associate Chief, General and Thoracic Surgery
    Director of Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

  • Christy Bock

    Christy Bock
    Clinical Dietitian

  • Dr. Sarah Hornack

    Sarah Hornack

  • Eleanor Mackey

    Eleanor Mackey
    Director of Academic Affairs and Research, Psychology and Behavioral Health
    Director of Mental Health Services, Bariatric Surgery

  • Caitlin Coogan Sherman, M.D.

    Caitlin Sherman
    Coordinator, Bariatric Surgery Program
    Nurse Practitioner