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Nutrition & Weight Management

Our Team

Surgery Team

We realize that losing weight is not easy. Emotional support is a key component of our program. Most people need ongoing encouragement and positive feedback to lose weight and keep it off. Our physicians and dietitians have years of experience in caring for overweight people.


Caroline Apovian, MD, FACN
Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

Our exceptional Weight Management Program staff is dedicated to the medical and surgical management of obesity.

Nawfal Istfan, MD, PhD
Nutrition Physician Specialist

Lalita Khaodhiar, MD
Endocrinologist, Nutrition Specialist

Dong Wook Kim, MD
Nutrition Specialist

Kenya Palmer, NP


Wendy Anderson, MS, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Surgical Weight Loss

Jean Carr, MS, RD, CDE, LDN
Special Interest:  Diabetes & Weight Management

Karen Chalmers, MS, RD, CDE
Special Interest:  Diabetes

Liz Dias, RD, LDN, CDE
Nutrition Manager 
Special interest: Diabetes & Weight Management

Sharon Gallagher, MEd, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Surgical Weight Loss

Zong Cheng Liu, MS, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Weight Management, Renal Transplant, Liver Disease & Diabetes

Mitali Shah, MS, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Diabetes & Weight management, Nutrition Research & 
Geriatric Nutrition

Kelly Smallcomb, MS, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Weight Management, Oncology & Diabetes

Anette Vehus, MS, RD, LDN
Special Interest:  Weight Management & Cardiac Rehab

Surgery Team

Donald T. Hess, MD, FACS

Brian Carmine, MD

Gloria Shih, NP

Wendy Anderson, MS, RD, LDN

Sharon Gallaher, MEd, RD, LDN

Tyquanda Webster
Program Coordinator



Call: 617.638.7470
Fax: 617.638.7449

Boston Medical Center
Preston Family Building
2nd Floor
732 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

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Call: 617.414.8052

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Fax: 617.414.8053

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