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Published on June 02, 2014

Missouri Bariatric Services Earns Re-Accreditation

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri Bariatric Services has received re-accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program for comprehensive, high-quality patient care.

"This accreditation reflects our dedication to helping patients achieve their desired weight and improve their overall health," said Roger de la Torre, M.D., director of Missouri Bariatric Services at University of Missouri Health Care, chief of the Division of General Surgery and the John A. Growden Distinguished Professor in Surgery at the MU School of Medicine. "We're proud that our team has been recognized for its expertise, collaboration and insistence on the highest standards in serving Missourians."

To receive the three-year accreditation, Missouri Bariatric Services underwent a rigorous, independent evaluation in accordance with nationally recognized bariatric surgical standards for patient safety and quality.

Missouri Bariatric Services' surgical weight-loss options include adjustable gastric band, gastric bypass and vertical sleeve gastrectomy procedures. The program also accepts candidates for revision of a previous bariatric surgery on a case-by-case basis. Non-surgical weight-loss options offered include medications, supplements and meal replacement programs.

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program is the national accreditation body of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to de la Torre, the Missouri Bariatric Services surgical team consists of Mark Perna, M.D., assistant professor of surgery, and Kevin Suttmoeller, D.O., assistant professor of medicine and surgery.