We at Tulane Medical Center are inspired every day by the patients in and around New Orleans, Louisiana, who decide to have bariatric weight-loss surgery and transform their lives. There are patients who start running marathons and others that decide to start a family. Some patients find new joy in shopping for clothes or in playing with their kids and pets. No matter what your goal, we’re here to help.

 Want to Learn More?

We know you have questions. That’s why we offer free informational sessions at Tulane Medical Center every first and third Monday at 5:30 p.m. Learn more about our weight-loss options directly from our physicians and staff.

Free valet parking is available at the hospital’s main entrance off Tulane Avenue. Please call (504) 988-5110 with any questions or to register.

At the Tulane Bariatric Center, we strive for clinical excellence – focusing on patient outcomes and safety. That’s why we are recognized as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®). Our team consists of a surgeon with advanced training in weight-loss surgery, a medical physician who helps treat diseases associated with obesity, a psychologist, a dietitian and a bariatric nurse coordinator who are all dedicated to bariatric patients.

Being overweight is not something to be ashamed of – it is a chronic medical condition that often warrants medical and surgical help. However, weight-loss surgery is something we do not take lightly, and not every patient will be a candidate.

We accept most major insurances, and some insurance providers and employers provide special coverage for bariatric surgery. Please contact your insurance provider if you have questions.

Meet the Team

Tulane Medical Center Bariatric Team (Left to right) Dr. DuCoin, Dr. Levy, Poling and Toothhaker

The Tulane Bariatric Program team includes bariatric surgeons Dr. Christopher DuCoin and Dr. Shauna Levy, bariatric registered dietitian Emma Poling and bariatric medical assistant Kerin Toothaker.

Calculate Your BMI

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Your BMI is:

BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5 - 24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25 - 29.9 Overweight Increased
30 - 34.9 Obese High
35 - 39.9 Severely Obese Very High
40+ Morbidly Obese Extremely High
If your BMI was higher than 35, you may be an eligible candidate for weight loss surgery.

To learn more, please call the Tulane bariatric Program at (504) 988-5110. Or learn more by visiting the Tulane School of Medicine Department of Surgery.