Our Team

Our Program
Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Leonardo Claros, MD, FACS, FASMBS
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Section Chief of Bariatric Surgery
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Bariatric and General 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 3,600 bariatric cases including adjustable gastric bandings, gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies and more than 5,000 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

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Maher El Chaar, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Dr. Maher el Chaar
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Co-Medical Director
Bariatric Surgery Program

  • 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 over 3,600 bariatric cases including adjustable gastric bandings, gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies and more than 5,000 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

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Sagar Mehta, MD
Dr. Sagar Mehta

Director of Bariatric Medicine

  • Board certified by American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Board certified by American Board of Obesity Medicine
  • Board Certified by the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists
  • Earned Medical Degree from St. George's University - School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies
  • Completed Internal Medicine residency and internship at Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
  • Completed Obesity Medicine and Nutrition Fellowship at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA
  • Member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and The Obesity Society
  • Offers comprehensive care for diagnosis, treatment and management of obesity associated conditions to aid in non-surgical weight loss
  • Provides patient care before, during and after surgical procedures
  • Involved in numerous research projects related to weight-loss procedures and surgeries
  • Clinical interest in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

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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
Tara Bouchard, PA-C
 

Physician Assistant-Certified

  • Received bachelor's degree from DeSales University
  • Received master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from DeSales University
  • Dedicated to hospital surgical patient management including pre operative, intraoperative and post operative care
  • Trained in assisting a spectrum of surgical cases including advanced laparoscopy, minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery
  • Works in close connection with surgeons to assess patients, diagnose medical issues, develop a plan,  and treat conditions.  
Maureen Miletics, RN, BSN, MS, CBN
Maureen Miletics

Director
Bariatric Services

  • Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University
  • 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
Surgical Weight Management

  • 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
Surgical Weight Management

  • 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, MS, RD, LDN
Laurie Shank

Dietitian
Surgical Weight Management

  • Received bachelor's degree from Cedar Crest College
  • Master's degree from College of Saint Elizabeth
  • 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
Kate Boardman, MS, RD, LDN
 Kate Boardman, MS, RD, LDN

Dietitian
Medical Weight Management

  • Received bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from East Carolina University
  • Received master’s degree in nutrition from James Madison University
  • Registered dietitian and Pennsylvania Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Provides education and support to patients in regards to nutrition and non-surgical weight loss, collaborating with the entire weight management team
  • Certified Weight Loss Dietitian
Amber Kinney, RD, LDN
 

Dietitian
Medical Weight Management

  • Received bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with a minor in Psychology from Cedar Crest College
  • Registered dietitian and Pennsylvania Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Provides education and support to patients in regards to nutrition and non-surgical weight loss, collaborating with the entire weight management team
  • Certified Specialist in Gerontological Nutrition (CSG)
Joan Troutman, RD, LDN
 Joan Troutman, RD,LDN

Dietitian
Surgical Weight Management

  • Received her Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Pennsylvania State University
  • 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
  • Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Barbara Migliaccio, MA, MSW, LCSW, MAC, LCADC, CBCS

Social Worker
Surgical Weight Management

  • 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
Surgical Weight Management

  • 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
Jessica Haklar, Counselor
 

Behavioral Health Counselor
Medical Weight Management

  • Received master's of science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College with a concentration in addictions 
  • Received bachelor's of arts in psychology from Dickinson College
  • Facilitates classes for the medical weight loss program, focusing on patient education and support in the behavioral and social aspects of weight management 
  • Offers individual counseling for patient in the medical weight loss program.  
 
Darla Bruchak, RN, CBN

Bariatric Clinical Surgical Reviewer
Bariatric Services

  • Received Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing at Lehigh Community College
  • Certified in Bariatric Nursing 
  • 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 Weight Management Center Office Staff
Melissa Kumernitsky Melissa Kumernitsky
Practice Administrator
 Patrice WightPatrice Wight, CMA (AAMA)
Bariatric Precert Specialist
 Onellys RodriquesOnellys Rodriguez
Bariatric Precert Specialist
Tracy Hafer Tracy Hafer, LPN
Bariatric Coordinator
Salma Wahbeh Salma Alkhal
Practice Coordinator
Janene Chidiac Janene Chidiac
Medical Assistant
Clarissa Rosario
Medical Assistant
Noemi Watson
Medical Assistant
Brenda Czapp
Medical Receptionist
Jessica Lindsay
Medical Receptionist
Luisa MorlaLuisa Morla
Medical Receptionist
Mariejeanette Sanchez
Medical Assistant
Corrina UrbanavanageCorrina Urbanavanage
Medical Receptionist