St. Luke's Bariatric Services

Bariatric Services Team

Bariatric Services Team

Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Watch video
of Dr. Claros

Section Chief of Bariatric Surgery
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric and General Surgeon

  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence surgeon
  • Board certified by American Board of Surgery
  • Earned medical degree from Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad Mayor de San Andres, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Completed surgical residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Completed Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, MA
  • Dr. Claros and Dr. Maher El Chaar have a combined experience of over 1,900 bariatric cases including adjustable gastric bandings, gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies and more than 2,400 laparoscopic surgeries
  • Offers single incision surgery, a state-of-the-art technique that enhances cosmetic results for patients who will qualify for the procedure
  • Named a Top Surgeon in Guide to America's Top Surgeons; Consumer Research Council of America, 2007 Edition
  • Winner of Excellence in Teaching awards from both Harvard and Tufts medical schools in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Fluent in Spanish
More about Dr. Claros

Maher El Chaar, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Maher el Chaar

Watch video
of Dr. El Chaar

Co-Medical Director
Bariatric Surgery Program

  • Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence surgeon
  • Board certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Member of the National Clinical Issues Committee of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Fellowship trained in Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Carolinas Medical Center, University of North Carolina
  • Member of Society of American Gastroenterology and Endoscopic Surgery (SAGES)
  • Named as America's top surgeons in Bariatric Surgery in the 2013 edition of Guide to America's Top Surgeons
  • National speaker on topics related to bariatric surgery
  • Conducts clinical research on topics related to bariatric and minimally invasive surgery
  • Dr. El Chaar and Dr. Leonardo Claros have a combined experience of more than 1,900 bariatric cases including adjustable gastric bandings, gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies and more than 2,400 laparoscopic surgeries
  • Offers advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy for bariatric patients
  • Offers an endoscopic solution to repair dilated gastric pouches and stomas in bariatric patients
  • Offers single incision surgery, a state-of-the-art technique that enhances cosmetic results for patients who will qualify for the procedure
  • Received the Resident Achievement Award from the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • Received the Laparoscopic Achievement Award, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Resident of the Year in 2008 and 2009, St. Luke's University Health Network
More about Dr. El Chaar

Carol A. Ruspantini, MSPA, PA-C, RD, LDN

Carol Ruspantini

Physician Assistant-Certified

  • Received bachelor's degree in Nutrition from the State University of New York at Oneonta
  • Completed Dietetic Internship from Sodexo
  • Received master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from DeSales University
  • Certified as a Physician Assistant from the NCCPA (National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants)
  • Registered Dietitian and Pennsylvania Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Provides office follow-up for patient concerns, education and support

Maureen Miletics, RN, BSN, MS, CBN

Maureen Miletics

Director
Bariatric Services

  • Received degrees in registered nursing from Lehigh Carbon Community College and Cedar Crest College
  • Received masters of science degree from King's College
  • Certified in Bariatric Nursing
  • Member, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery 
  • Ensures program compliance with all quality and accreditation standards
  • Provides staff education
  • Provides patient education and support

Terri Davis, RN, CBN

Coordinator
Bariatric Services

  • Received degree in registered nursing from St. Luke's School of Nursing
  • Certified in Bariatric Nursing 
  • Conducts pre-surgical visits to explain procedure and discuss expectations
  • Follows up with patients post surgery at regular intervals to monitor progress and address any questions or concerns
  • Organizes and conducts support groups
  • Provides patient support through a web forum
  • Gastric Bypass patient – 2004

Dorothy T. McFadden, MA, RD, LDN

Dorothy McFadden

Dietitian
Bariatric Services

  • Received bachelor's degree in Nutrition from Penn State University
  • Received master's degree in Nutrition Education from Immaculata College
  • Registered dietitian and Pennsylvania Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Educates gastric bypass surgery patients about nutrition and lifestyle behavior changes needed before and after gastric bypass surgery
  • Actively involved with the bariatric support group

Laurie Shank, RD, LDN

Laurie Shank

Dietitian
Bariatric Services

  • Received bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College
  • Master's degree from College of Saint Elizabeth in progress
  • Registered Dietitian and Pennsylvania Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Certificate in Counseling for Weight Management and Eating Disorders from College of Saint Elizabeth
  • Certificate of Training in Pediatric Weight Management from Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Educates gastric bypass surgery patients about nutrition and lifestyle behavior changes needed before and after gastric bypass surgery
  • Actively involved with the bariatric support group

Barbara Migliaccio, MA, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, CBCS

Social Worker
Bariatric Services

  • Awarded master's of arts degree in Leadership and Public Administration from Centenary College
  • Received master's of social work from Rutgers University
  • Received bachelor's of science in Mental Health Rehabilitation from Thomas Edison State College
  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Licensed clinical provider in field of addictions
  • Past adjunct instructor in Graduate Counseling Psychology Program at Centenary College
  • Provides education regarding emotional and social issues impacting bariatric surgery patients
  • Offers private consultations with patients who may be struggling with their decision
  • Actively involved with bariatric surgery support group

Nancy Velazquez, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker
Bariatric Services

  • Received post graduate credits in social work from Capella University
  • Awarded masters of social work from Hunter College school of Social Work
  • Earned bachelor's degree in psychology from City College
  • Past adjunct instructor in graduate social work at Maywood University and Kutztown University
  • Named Lehigh Valley social worker of the year 1997
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers
  • Licensed social worker in Pennsylvania
  • Provide education regarding emotional and social issues impacting bariatric surgery patients

Darla Bruchak, RN

Bariatric Clinical Surgical Reviewer
Bariatric Services

  • Received Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing at Lehigh Community College
  • Ensures data abstraction for 100% of bariatric cases for inclusion in the ACS data registry
  • Assists in performance improvement and research opportunities within the bariatric surgery program

 

St. Luke's Bariatric and General Surgery Office Staff

 Melissa Kumernitsky

Melissa Kumernitsky
Practice Administrator

 Maureen Berrian

Maureen Berrian
Bariatric Precert Specialist

Patrice Wight 

Patrice Wight, CMA (AAMA)
Bariatric Precert Specialist

 

Lissette Rosario, LPN, PQAS
Bariatric Coordinator

 Onellys Rodriques

Onellys Rodriguez
Medical Assistant

Salma Wahbeh

Salma Alkhal
Medical Receptionist

Linda Weil

Linda Weil
Medical Receptionist

Janene Chidiac

Janene Chidiac
Medical Assistant