Nationwide Childrens Hospital Hosts Information Sessions on Weight Loss Surgery for Adolescents

June 14, 2011

On Tuesday, June 21 and Thursday, July 7, Nationwide Children’s Hospital will host Bariatric Surgery Information Sessions to discuss weight loss surgery options available for teens to combat obesity. Both sessions begin at 5 p.m. in the Ann Isaly Wolfe Education Center located at Nationwide Children’s – 575 S. 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205.

The sessions are led by surgeon Marc Michalsky, MD, and Ihuoma Eneli, MD, both of the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, and feature former bariatric surgery patients talking about their experiences. Discussions will center on the criteria for adolescent bariatric surgery, lifestyle interventions, financing, surgical weight management process and the benefits and risks of the three types of bariatric surgery offered at Nationwide Children’s – gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.

The sessions are free and are open to all teens, their families and supporters seeking more information about adolescent weight loss surgery. Underage participants are encouraged to come accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Parking is available in the visitors parking garage located at the corner of S. 18th Street and Mooberry Dr. Once parked in the garage, enter the Outpatient Care Center lobby and ask to be directed to the Bariatric Surgery Information Session in room 131 of the Education Center.

Other upcoming bariatric surgery information sessions are scheduled for August 30 and September 6 at the hospital.

For more information about this session and other upcoming sessions, and to register, visit, or call (614) 355-0662.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at