Why Choose Our Practice

A Relationship That Matters

Sometimes it takes a team to help you reach your goals. Saint Agnes Bariatric Center of Excellence surgeons and team members form strong bonds with our patients that begin with your first seminar, continue into all of your appointments preparing you for your procedure and provide support over the years to come. Our patients tell us they value the special ongoing relationship that comes from having a surgeon who knows you, your history, what causes you to struggle, and what makes you come alive.

Metabolic Success

While bariatric surgeries are most commonly equated with weight loss, there are a number of other GI problems that can be surgically treated when other, less invasive methods have failed. For example, surgery might relieve acid reflux, hernias, gallbladder pain, and more.Dr. Averbach and Dr. Hamdallah perform advanced laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries and procedures like:

Dr. Hamdallah and Dr. Averbach joined the Saint Agnes Bariatric Surgery Center in 2002, and have since performed more than 4,000 bariatric procedures as leaders in the center, helping to make it the top program in Maryland. St. Agnes’ program has been recognized by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons Fully Accredited Comprehensive Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. The program has helped more patients than any other hospital in the state.

To learn more about weight loss surgery, find out if you might qualify for the procedure, of if you have questions about the other minimally invasive GI surgeries that we perform, call the office at 667-234-8725 to schedule a free consultation appointment today.


Saint Agnes Bariatric Surgery Center adheres to highest current standards of care and is fully credentialed Comprehensive Bariatric Program by MBSAQIP, a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Besides this professional endorsement, our program maintains separate credentialing for bariatric surgery center of choice from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, Cigna and UnitedHealthcare (MAMSI) insurance companies.
Care First - Designated Blue Distinction Center+ Bariatric Surgery

Why Choose Our Practice?

  • The Saint Agnes Bariatric Surgery program was established in 2001, has been a Center of excellence since 2006, and has been fully Credentialed Comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center since 2013. We provide comprehensive care with highly trained staff of Bariatric Nurses, anesthesiologists and all other needed specialists to assist us in your care.
  • We will spend time listening to you and addressing all your questions. Our practice philosophy is to provide you with best guidance both before and after surgery with lifetime commitment.
  • We have performed >10,000 gastric sleeves, bypasses and revision procedures, and perform only proven laparoscopic surgical procedures endorsed by ASMBS.
  • Our goal is to work with you to choose the most appropriate procedure for you based on your weight and any medical conditions you may have. Our safety record exceeds standards compared to national benchmarks for certified comprehensive bariatric surgery centers (MBSAQIP) with lower rate of overall morbidity and minimal rate of serious complications after surgery. Not only we are aiming to the best weight loss results, but also to improve your medical issues (co-morbidities), ensure quality of life and preventing potential side-effects that might require additional surgery later.
  • Our high quality, detailed bariatric dietician education far exceeds what other programs are offering. We are not just going to provide you with general recommendations after surgery, but give you detailed “How To” guidelines to do it safely and effectively. This knowledge is crucial to your success.
  • After surgery, we focus on close and lifelong follow up care that includes life style and eating habits modification to achieve adequate weight loss, resolution or remission of co-morbid conditions and assist with weight loss maintenance for years to come.
  • We are available 24/7 and 365 days a year to address any potential issues and side effects that might arise. We also will assist you in every possible way with insurance coverage and minimizing your personal expenses.

Get started today! Click here to view our on online weight loss surgery seminar.  The first step in your journey towards a new you!

For more than 150 years, Ascension Saint Agnes Hospital has been dedicated to the art of healing by providing exceptional care to the greater Baltimore area. Built on a strong foundation of excellent medical care and compassion, Ascension Saint Agnes is committed to providing the best care for our patients for many years to come

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