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Results & Experience

Staff Experience

Yannis Raftopoulos, MD, PhD, FACS, FASMBS, Director:

  • USA trained and Board Certified Surgeon
  • Fellowship trained in Bariatric and Laparoscopic Surgery
  • 13 years of experience in Bariatric surgery and 2,000 bariatric case experience
  • Former Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center, Hartford, CT
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Connecticut
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery certified by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Primary Investigator in funded research trials
  • More than 120 national and international podium presentations and peer reviewed publications
  • Scientific work has been cited by other scientists more than 1,100 times
  • Experience in bariatric surgery, laparoscopic antireflux surgery, laparoscopic hernia surgery and laparoscopic colon surgery
  • Experience in plastic surgery procedures after weight loss such as panniculectomies and arm and thigh lifts

Dr. Raftopoulos’ Results

  • Lose up to 240 pounds in one year!
  • Range of weight loss for women in one year after surgery: 81-149 pounds (depending on initial weight)
  • Range of weight loss for men in one year after surgery: 98-242 pounds (depending on initial weight)
  • 95% possibility of improvement or resolution of diabetes
  • Safety results better than the national average
  • Expected length of hospital stay of 1 day for more than 80% of our patients regardless of the procedure you choose. Our length of stay is among the top 1% in USA.
  • 40% to 60% expected reduction in medications for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol within a year after your surgery

Ursula McMillian, MD:

  • Practicing since 2010 in Connecticut and Massachusetts
  • Fellowship trained in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Danbury Hospital
  • General surgery internship completed at the University of Massachusetts
  • Residency in general surgery at the Hospital of Saint Raphael
  • Attended the University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Elana Davidson, PA-C, Clinical Lead:

  • Over 27 years of surgical experience as a Physician Assistant, including general, laparoscopic, plastic and bariatric surgery
  • Has assisted in more than 500 bariatric surgery procedures
  • Speaks Spanish

Kristen Chapin, PA-C, MMS 

  • Joined the HMC team in 2018
  • Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Hamilton College
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