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Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery: Meet our team
The Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery team will assist you in all aspects of your surgery, from preoperative preparation to postoperative follow-up.

Matthew Newlin, M.D., FACSDr. Scot Currie, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Matthew Newlin, M.D., FACS
Medical Director, Surgeon
Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
at UPMC Altoona
View Dr. Newlin's biography
Scot A. Currie, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
at UPMC Altoona
View Dr. Currie's biography

Mike Burggraf, MPAS, PA-CMike Burggraf, MPAS, PA-C
UPMC Altoona Surgical,
Program Coordinator, UPMC Altoona Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery

Mike is the physician assistant for Dr. Newlin. He assists Dr. Newlin during surgeries, including gastric bypass operations. In addition, you will see him assisting in Dr. Newlin's office and in the hospital during your stay after surgery. Mike can provide you with education and support throughout your entire surgical experience.
Benny O'Connor, RN, CBNBariatric Coordinator
Benny O'Connor, RN, CBN

Phone: 814.889.7500
Nutrition Services

UPMC Altoona
  • Lindsay Eckenrode, RD, LDN
  • Pam Sepp, RD, LDN
  • Megan Prisk, RD, LDN
Mainline Medical Associates
  • Beth Lutton, R.D., L.D.N.
As important members of the Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery Team, Lindsay, Pam, Megan, and Beth provide nutritional education to help patients achieve their weight loss goals. Overall food selection, meal planning, fluid intake and vitamin supplementation are tailored to meet each patient's needs. Patients meet one on one, both preoperatively and postoperatively, to learn and implement important lifestyle and nutritional changes necessary for long term success after surgery.

Behavioral Health Services

UPMC Altoona
  • Michael Moran, M.A., Licensed Psychologist
  • Denis Navarro, M.A., Licensed Psychologist
Preoperative psychological evaluations are required for all bariatric patients and these are performed by either Mike Moran or Denis Navarro, members of our team. The psychological evaluation is meant to ensure that our patients are appropriately motivated and able to make the necessary postoperative lifestyle changes that will promote long term success. Mike and Denis evaluate each patient to assure that they are emotionally prepared to undergo the surgery and understand both the risks and benefits of the surgery. They may make recommendations for counseling either before or after surgery. They remain available postoperatively for continued support and/or counseling as needed.

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