UMMC Weight Management

Weight Management and Bariatrics Surgery at UMMC

Being overweight is a medical issue. Treat it like one.

Being overweight affects more than the way we look. Obesity increases risk for problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, joint problems, and diabetes. Losing weight is often the single most important thing a person can do to improve health and quality of life. 

The UMMC weight management program is backed by research from Mississippi's only academic medical center.

The UMMC weight management program offers:

  • Three types of safe, proven bariatric surgery - We are an accredited bariatric surgery center, and our procedures are often covered by insurance.
  • A medically supervised, non-surgical weight loss program
  • A healthcare team that supports healthy weight loss in all areas of life and includes a surgeon, dietitian, psychologist, internal medicine specialist, and physical therapist  

Our programs provide patients with the tools to lose weight and keep it off. Most importantly, we also provide the caring support to make weight loss a permanent part of a healthier life.

To learn more

Start by attending one of our free, no-obligation information sessions. Share your questions with bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ken Vick, and learn about weight loss options and how to choose the right one for your personal goals.


The UMMC weight management program is located at:

University Physicians - Grants Ferry
1010 Lakeland Place
Flowood, MS 39232

Accredited comprehensive bariatric center

In October 2015, UMMC Weight Management was accredited as a comprehensive bariatric center by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) works to advance safe, high-quality care for bariatric surgery patients. 

UMMC Weight Management is MBSAQIP Accredited

Patients benefits supported by MBSAQIP accreditation:

  • Insurance coverage - Though coverage is not guaranteed in every case, many health insurance providers only cover treatment at accredited centers.
  • Commitment to quality care 
  • Continuous improvement in patient care
  • The right resources for the right care
  • Critical care support
  • A safe, high-quality continuum of care

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