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New ‘Top Docs’ show addresses obesity, weight loss & bariatric surgery      
The latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ show addresses obesity, weight loss and bariatric surgery – and it features MAG member Elizabeth Hechenbleikner, M.D., an assistant professor of surgery in the division of general and GI surgery of the Emory Department of Surgery, and Holley Nash, RDN, LD, a registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition education coordinator at the Emory Bariatric Center in Atlanta.
They discuss…
– Obesity and weight loss
– How prevalent obesity is in the U.S.
– Proven ways for patients to combat obesity
– Key principles for physicians who are treating patients for obesity 
– The role of nutrition in sustainable weight loss
– Whether dieting works in the long run 
– Today’s surgical and non-surgical weight loss options  
– The dietary and lifestyle changes that are associated with bariatric surgery
– A clinical trial that Dr. Hechenbleikner is heading up  
– Innovations in bariatric surgery
Dr. Hechenbleikner specializes in advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, including bariatric surgery and acute care general surgery procedures. She leads multiple research and quality improvement projects for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients, including the impact of inpatient pharmacists on discharge medication reconciliation processes as well as the implementation of standardized perioperative enhanced recovery and VTE chemoprophylaxis protocols. Dr. Hechenbleikner has a medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, and she completed a laparoscopic and advanced gastrointestinal surgery fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Nash is responsible for providing nutrition counseling and education to both pre- and post-bariatric surgery patients, as well as teaching the Emory Bariatric Center’s non-surgical ‘CHIP’ weight loss program. She has completed both the ‘Certificate of Training in Obesity Interventions for Adults’ and the ‘Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management’ from the Commission on Dietetic Registration, and she is a ‘Strong4Life Certified Provider.’ In addition to her training in nutrition therapy and obesity intervention, Nash has more than 20 years of professional culinary experience that she uses to “help her clients understand and navigate the complexities of planning and preparing balanced meals for themselves and their families.” Her passion and professional focus is on “helping people overcome barriers to good health and proper nutrition through supportive counselling and nutrition education.”
Emory Bariatric Center has three locations, including Midtown, Johns Creek and Decatur. Emory’s bariatric programs “offer a full range of surgical options, personalized nutritional counseling, and support groups.” Contact the Emory Bariatric Center at 404.778.5673.         
Between downloads and live listeners, ‘Top Docs’ has now reached more than two million listeners and viewers – which includes people in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. MAG has won four awards for the show, including an American Association of Medical Society Executives Profiles of Excellence Award, an American Society of Association Executives Silver Award, and two Health Information Resource Center Digital Health Awards.
The MAG Insurance Agency sponsors the ‘Top Docs’ show. MAG and MedPro Group – the nation’s largest and highest-rated health care liability insurance carrier – offer an industry-leading medical malpractice solution for physicians in Georgia. Click here for details and to get a quote on a MedPro policy, keeping in mind that MAG members qualify for a MAG premium credit. Contact Ryan Larosa at with questions.
In addition to the video recordings that are available on Facebook, ‘Top Docs’ is available as a podcast on AppleGoogleSpotifyStitcher, and iHeart Radio.
The views of the guests who appear on ‘Top Docs’ are theirs and aren’t necessarily consistent with MAG’s policies or positions. Contact Tom Kornegay at with questions about MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show.
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