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Bariatric Surgery Nutrition


Purpose of Clinic Services:

§  To assist patients with nutrition needs before and after bariatric surgery

§  To maximize weight loss and minimize nutritional deficiencies for post-surgery patients


Role of the Clinical Nutritionist:

§  To provide information seminars on bariatric nutrition to people considering weight loss surgery including gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric sleeve

§  To provide nutrition counseling for bariatric surgery patients at all initial and follow-up appointments

§  To help facilitate the Lighter Life Bariatric Surgery Support Group


Treatment Goals:

§  To help patients optimize their weight loss and maintain significant weight loss for life

§  To help patients maintain adequate nutritional status during and after weight loss

§  To provide support and guidance through the Bariatric Surgery Support Group


For Further Information:

Your Bariatric Dietitians are: Shana Strange, RD and Rebecca Puffer, MPH, RD

Phone:  434-243-9348

Visit the UVA Bariatric Surgery Program website: http://uvahealth.com/services/bariatric-surgery-program







Shana Strange, RD


California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo

Eastern Michigan University



Texas Prairie View A&M


Professional Health Organizations

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Professional Areas of Interest/Research


Weight Loss

Sports Nutrition

Nutrition Education



Rebecca Puffer, MPH, RD


Davidson College

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dietetic Internship:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Organization Memberships:

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group

American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

Professional Areas of Interest & Research:

Obesity Prevention Education

Bariatric Surgery

Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation after Bariatric Surgery