Laura Doyon, MD, a board-certified bariatric surgeon who practices at Emerson Hospital’s Center for Weight Loss, has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. She is the first bariatric surgeon in the state of Massachusetts to be certified in both bariatric surgery and obesity medicine. This gives her a holistic, unique and successful approach to help her patients achieve their long-term weight-loss goals and reduce comorbidities associated with obesity, including diabetes, cardiac and cancer risks.
Obesity is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in America, affecting 155 million Americans. To become certified in obesity medicine, physicians must learn in-depth information and pass an intensive exam that tests their knowledge on a wide variety of topics that affect people’s weight, including: lifestyle, diet, physiology, epidemiology, biomechanics, pharmacology, exercise, weight-loss strategies, eating disorders and behavior.
“I am pleased to be the first board-certified bariatric surgeon in the state to be certified in medical weight loss,” said Dr. Laura Doyon. “My approach is to take time to understand each of my patients as an individual person with unique challenges and opportunities for weight loss success. The new certification offers an invaluable resource for my surgical patients. Through the certification program I gained a more comprehensive understanding of the contributors to weight gain. This knowledge allows me to better personalize treatments, manage potential weight gain that can occur after surgery, and help people improve their overall health and quality of life.”
Dr. Doyon earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center. She is board-certified in general surgery. In addition to her new certification in obesity medicine, she is certified in bariatric surgery by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Along with Dr. David Lautz, Dr. Doyon sees patients at the Emerson Hospital Center for Weight Loss located at Emerson Hospital’s Center for Specialty Care, 54 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 101 in Concord and at Emerson’s office at The Point shopping center, 830 Constitution Avenue in Littleton. To make an appointment with her, please call 978-287-3532. For more information about Emerson’s Center for Weight Loss, please visit www.emersonhospital.org/weightloss.
Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford and urgent care centers in Hudson and Littleton. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.