PMC’s Nationally Recognized Plastic Surgeon Partners with Students from St. Joseph’s University and TCMC to Write Nutrition in the Bariatric Surgery Patient Article


East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania (August 14, 2013) – Dr. Charles K. Herman, Chief Medical Executive and Chairman of Surgery and Pocono Medical Center (PMC), Katherine Worthington of St. Joseph’s University, and Jennifer Chao of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) wrote the article entitled, “Nutrition in the Bariatric Surgery Patient,” for the Plastic Surgery Hyperguide. The intended audience is plastic surgeons and other healthcare professionals involved in the treatment of weight loss patients.

The objectives of the article are to describe the endocrine changes that occur in the bariatric patient and describe the nutritional deficiencies commonly encountered in the gastric bypass patient. Dr. Herman has written numerous articles on this topic and is the editor of the entire Bariatric Surgery module of the Plastic Surgery Hyperguide,, which gives physicians continuing medical education credits (CME) for participation and is officially recognized by several plastic surgeon societies, including the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.

“This article is particularly special to us because Dr. Herman worked with two students to develop it which demonstrates our commitment to educating the future of healthcare,” commented Kathleen E. Kuck, President and CEO, Pocono Health System/Pocono Medical Center. In cases where lifestyle changes and dieting have failed to decrease weight, either due to non-compliance or physiologic causes, patients can consider bariatric surgery. Criteria for determining eligibility for bariatric surgery are based on the level of obesity and on a patient’s life expectancy without the surgery.

PMC offers LAP-BAND® Bariatric Surgery, which is the fastest growing weight loss surgery in the United States, as well as gastric sleeve surgery. The surgery is proven to be more effective over time than non-surgical treatments, is designed to ensure gradual and long-term weight loss, includes shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries, and features ongoing support groups and nutritional counseling to ensure patient success.  Visit for more information or call 570-426-2301.