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When Lifestyle Changes Aren’t Enough

Our AdventHealth Tampa Team Can Help

Managing your weight can be difficult, especially if you’re also dealing with a related health problem, like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or heart disease. You may feel frustrated by the number on the scale and held back by the ups and downs that come with it. We’re here to help.

AdventHealth Tampa, formerly Florida Hospital Tampa, includes a compassionate team of weight-loss experts as well as the AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric & Metabolic Institute, a center for metabolic and bariatric surgery with accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

In addition to our team’s expertise in surgical options for medical weight loss, our comprehensive team considers all of your needs — physical, emotional, and spiritual — with services that include education, support groups, and three onsite chapels.

We’re here to help you find the right physician or a location that’s convenient for you.

Going Over Your Medical Weight-Loss Options

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Assessing Your Needs to Help You Reach Your Healthy Weight

Losing weight can be a difficult battle to fight, and if diet and exercise aren’t getting you closer to your goals, medical weight loss may be the right choice. At AdventHealth Tampa, formerly Florida Hospital Tampa, our compassionate, bariatric specialists have offered highly personalized care to the local Tampa community for decades. To determine if a medical weight-loss procedure is right for you, we’ll look together at factors like your age, your history, any previous attempts at weight loss, any related health conditions, and your body mass index (BMI).

If you meet the following conditions, you could be a candidate for our program at AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric & Metabolic Institute:

  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 (approximately 100 pounds over ideal body weight for men and 80 pounds over ideal body weight for women) or a BMI of 35 or above, with an associated condition such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or obesity-related heart disease.
  • You have previously attempted weight loss in a program supervised by a physician, dietitian, or nutritionist.
  • You have a willingness to commit to long-term medical follow up, as well as the life-long changes in eating, exercise, and lifestyle habits necessary to maintain weight loss after surgery.

For more information or to sign up for a free information session, please call the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Call813-971-2470. To view the online seminar and take the first step, fill out this form.

Personalized Care in Our Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

At AdventHealth Tampa, we understand that you’re an individual, and that is reflected in your unique weight-loss story. With tailored, personalized care, we'll determine whether you’re a good candidate for our advanced, minimally invasive medical weight-loss procedures. Then, we’ll develop a treatment plan that fits your exact needs and concerns.

Some of the medical treatments we offer at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute include:

  • Laparoscopic or Robotic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic or Robotic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Robotic Revision Surgery

Each of these procedures is different, but all work to help control your appetite and diet by affecting your feelings of hunger and satisfaction. Some of the benefits of our advanced options — including precise, robot-assisted bariatric surgeries — include faster healing times, minimal scarring, and a quicker return to the life you love. Our caring, compassionate team will be with you at every step with support to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight for the months and years to come.

Our Weight Loss Specialists

John A. Dietrick, MD, FACS

Medical Director, AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric & Metabolic Institute

Dr. Dietrick is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. As Medical Director of the Florida Hospital Tampa Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, he is responsible for maintaining the highest standard of care for each patient who passes through the Institute. He has an interest and expertise in minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques and teaches robotic skills to surgeons learning this approach. With nearly 30 years of experience, patient-centered care remains his primary focus. He endorses a holistic approach to care and engages each patient in their decisions about health and lifestyle.

As a thought leader, Dr. Dietrick was integral in establishing the Surgical Weight Loss Institute (now Bariatric & Metabolic Institute) at Florida Hospital Tampa in 2005. Serving as medical director of the program, the hospital obtained national Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accreditation through the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and the American Society for Metabolic Surgeons (ASMBS).

Michel Murr, MD, FACS

Medical Director

Dr. Murr is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric surgery.  For over 30 years, he has been dedicated to helping individuals regain their health by providing a healthy, nurturing environment.  As a medical director, Dr. Murr and his team of providers focus on the whole health of each person and apply a customized, comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach for improved well-being. 

Founder of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Florida State Chapter, Dr. Murr has been influential in the medical community. An advocate for bariatric medicine, Dr. Murr has been instrumental in working with the Florida Legislature, encouraging insurance companies and employers to support comprehensive obesity management. He also has a deep interest in advances for bariatric and metabolic medicine, which is evident in his extensive research and participation in clinical studies in addition to leading a renowned Fellowship program.

John Paul Gonzalvo, DO, FACS

Dr. Gonzalvo is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in adult and adolescent bariatric surgery.  A native of Tampa, Dr. Gonzalvo is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of the Tampa Bay community.  Together, with a team of providers, he provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program and applies a customized approach for improved well-being to every patient. 

As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Gonzalvo is passionate about improving the health of those experiencing weight management difficulties, especially in the adolescent population.  He is a highly experienced surgeon, specializing in complex laparoscopic technique, which results in less scarring and blood loss, faster healing, and less pain for his patients.

To schedule a consultation with one of our specialists, call Call813-971-2470.

Caring for Your Whole-Person Health

AdventHealth Tampa is committed to your whole-person health, and we understand that your weight is just one aspect of overall wellness. With compassion and empathy, it’s our mission to treat you using faith-based care that considers all of your needs. That's why we offer free, ongoing education and support through our weight loss surgery support groups. Support groups are offered on the third Thursday of each month and are led by a bariatric specialist with in-depth knowledge of the clinical methods and emotional hardships involved in the weight-loss process.

We put an emphasis on helping you with lifestyle changes, diet, nutrition, and activity to help you reach your weight-loss goals and manage your wellness. Whether you’re recovering from a procedure or simply looking to reach a new goal, we’ll be here to help. To sign up to attend a support group, call Call813-971-2470.

Onsite Options for Behavioral Health and Spiritual Care

As members of the AdventHealth network, we understand the role that your emotional and spiritual health play in weight management and bariatric care. We know that your weight can be affected by your emotional health, and vice versa. That’s why we're proud to provide services that soothe your mind and lift your spirits, including non-denominational, onsite chapels and access to compassionate, behavioral-health experts.

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Our expert team of Bariatric and Weight Care specialists is here to help you achieve a healthier weight and a healthier life. Trust our network of care to help guide and support you in your journey to wellness. With access to a wide range of bariatric doctors, weight loss experts, community resources, and local support services, you can count on our multidisciplinary team to help you overcome any roadblocks in your journey to better health. We are here to be your coach — and biggest cheerleader — on the way to success.