BOARD CERTIFIED BARIATRIC SURGEON DR. URSULA McMILLIAN JOINS HOLYOKE MEDICAL CENTER
Dr. Ursula McMillian, a board certified surgeon, has joined Holyoke Medical Center. Specializing in bariatric and general surgery, Dr. McMillian is the newest provider in the HMC Weight Management Program.
“I am excited to be joining the innovative team at the Weight Management Program. The philosophy of care and commitment to helping patients find the right tools to maintain a healthy weight, for life, is what drew me to this opportunity,” said McMillian. “I am also impressed by how friendly everyone is here and appreciate the fact that Holyoke Medical Center is an independent community hospital, focused on patients’ overall health and wellbeing.”
“I am passionate about exercise and believe it to be one of the most important components to a healthy life,” added Dr. McMillian. She is known to practice what she preaches, often creating videos of herself exercising and sharing them online for her patients to follow along. This provides an avenue for her to relate to patients and demonstrates her understanding of the hard work that goes into maintaining a healthy weight. “My passion stems from my own struggles with weight throughout my life. I understand and have empathy and compassion for what my patients are going through.”
“We are proud to welcome Dr. McMillian to the Holyoke Medical Center family. Her surgical expertise and dynamic energy have already begun to make a positive impact with our patients and the organization,” said Spiros Hatiras, Holyoke Medical Center’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
The HMC Weight Management Program has experienced tremendous growth since it opened in late February 2016. Under the medical direction of Dr. Yannis Raftopoulos, the program has treated over 1,500 patients in the Pioneer Valley. With the addition of Dr. McMillian, the office now has two bariatric surgeons, two physician assistants, two registered dietitians, and two behavioral health specialists to support the needs of the program’s patients. The program is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Dr. McMillian received her Bachelors of Science degree in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut, and attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She then completed a general surgery internship at the University of Massachusetts, a general surgery residency at the Hospital of Saint Raphael, and a fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Danbury Hospital. Dr. McMillian has been practicing since 2010 in Connecticut and Massachusetts. She is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. McMillian is accepting new patients at 11 Hospital Drive, 3rd Floor, in Holyoke. Before making an appointment, patients must first attend a free information session to learn more about the program and the services available. Programs are offered several times each month in both English and Spanish. To register for an upcoming program, please call 413.535.4757, or visit HolyokeHealth.com/Events.