Dr. Onopchenko

In March of 2002, Alexander Onopchenko, MD, MBA, FACS, FASMBS founded the Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness at AtlantiCare and has extensive experience in performing laparoscopic bypass and LapBand surgeries.

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Dr. Patel

Samir Patel, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has published several articles about laparoscopy and bariatric surgery. He is currently a member of the Society of the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)...

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Dr. Panait

Lucian Panait, MD, FACS, is a bariatric surgeon for the Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness at AtlantiCare. He specializes in bariatric surgery, with special emphasis on laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and revisional procedures.

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Peggy McFarlane

Peggy McFarlane M.S, R.D., CDE is the Registered Dietitian for the AtlantiCare Center for Surgical Weight Loss & Wellness. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Dietetics and a Master of Science in Human Nutrition at Andrews University. While working in the field of nutrition for the past 13 years she has also obtained her certification as a Diabetes Educator. Through her years of experience and knowledge of diabetes and weight management she helps patients manage nutrition for wellness.

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Insurance plays a major role in the bariatric process. Schedulers help coordinate and advise patients working with their insurance companies throughout their time in the Atlanticare program.

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Practice Director


Lisa M. Hand is the Practice Director for APG Surgical Services. She was born in Atlantic City, NJ. She has worked over the past 9 years for AtlantiCare. Over the past 7 years she has been working with the AtlantiCare center for surgical weight loss and wellness as well as other providers in Surgical Services.

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Bariatric Coordinator

Debbie Gullo, RN, BSN, CBN

Bariatric Coordinators help facilitate Bariatric Bootcamp, support group and other post surgery needs, helping patients to live with their surgery.

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