From Left to Right: Dr. Brice Hamilton, Dr. Aaron Lloyd, Dr. Billy Helmuth, Dr. Stanley Hoehn & Dr. Kelvin Higa


Bariatric Center of Kansas City surgeons Stanley Hoehn and Brice Hamilton recently participated as faculty members for the course Enhancing the Bariatric Patient Experience, presented by the Johnson & Johnson Institute September 15 and 16, 2017. The J & J Institute presents specialized programs to healthcare providers as part of their “…commitment to advance education to improve patient care.” The program was held at the Shawnee Mission Health – Prairie Star campus in Lenexa, Kansas for a select group of bariatric surgeons from across the country along with their practice or hospital administrators and representatives from Ethicon, one of the J & J subsidiaries that provides surgical equipment used in bariatric surgery.


Program Participants Touring the Facility

Dr. Hassan Saradih

Other faculty members were Dr. Helmuth Billy, from Ventura, CA, Dr. Kelvin Higa, from Fresno, CA, Aaron Lloyd, Director of the Bariatric Program at Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, and Dr. Hassan Saradih, Bariatrician at Shawnee Mission Health. Dr. Higa, current president of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) and past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), served as moderator for the day and a half course, which covered topics such as Best Practices in Seminar Education, Gaining Efficiencies in Surgery, Maximizing Patient Health Improvement Outcomes, Reimbursement Dynamics, and Coordinated Care for Patient Success. 

Program Participants from Around the Country

Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson regularly provide educational courses for surgeons around the country, and this is the first time they have presented in Kansas City.The Prairie Star facility is unique in that it houses the entire Bariatric Center of Kansas City bariatric surgery program, allowing patients to have their pre-op workup, surgery, and post-op follow up all in one facility, a unique concept for bariatric care in the country. 

Dr. Stanley Hoehn Sharing Practice Experience with Program Participants

Johnson & Johnson chose to have this educational workshop here to demonstrate how the partnership between The Bariatric Center of Kansas City & Shawnee Mission Health has allowed us to become a leader in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

The Bariatric Center of Kansas City at The Shawnee Mission Health Prairie Star Complex