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The Upstate Bariatric Surgery team is here to help you with your weight loss journey.
The Upstate Bariatric Surgery team is here to help you with your weight loss journey.

Meet Our Team

Our Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program is the longest-established in Central New York and has a proven track record of providing great care to patients. Upstate is accredited by MBSAQIP.

Our comprehensive practice is located at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus and is led by Flavia Soto, MD, who is fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery. The team members below work together to provide every patient with compassionate, personalized treatment.

Surgeons and Clinical Providers

Jesse R Gutnick, MD
Jesse R Gutnick, MD
315 492-5036
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Bariatric Surgery; Endocrine Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; General Surgery; Achalasia; Adrenal Gland Cancer; more
Education: Penn State University College of Medicine
Associations/Memberships: American Association of Endocrine Surgeons; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Heidi T Gwilt, MPAS, PA-C
Heidi T Gwilt, MPAS, PA-C
315 492-5036
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Minimally Invasive Surgery; Bariatric Surgery; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Adult Patients; Bariatric Surgery; Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding; Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy; more
Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Taewan Kim, MD
Taewan Kim, MD
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Bariatric Surgery; Minimally Invasive Surgery; General Surgery; Abdominal Wall Defects; Achalasia; Appendicitis; more
Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University
Clinical Interests: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, General Surgery
Associations/Memberships: American College of Surgeons (ACS); American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS); Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Renee M Nickerson, NP
Renee M Nickerson, NP
315 492-5036
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Bariatric Surgery
Associations/Memberships: American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Melinda M Shaw-Lund, MS, PA-C
Melinda M Shaw-Lund, MS, PA-C
315 464-1800
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: General Surgery; Bariatric Surgery; Abdominal Abscess; Abdominal Pain; Abdominal Wall Defects; Achalasia; more

Flavia C Soto, MD, FACS, FASMBS, ABOM Diplomate
Flavia C Soto, MD, FACS, FASMBS, ABOM Diplomate
315 492-5036
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Bariatric Surgery; Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD); Metabolic Syndrome; Obesity; Bariatric Surgery; Gastric Bypass Surgery with Revision; more
Associations/Memberships: American College of Surgeons (ACS), Facs; American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Fasmbs

Marguerite S Walser, NP
Marguerite S Walser, NP
315 492-5036
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Obesity

Registered Dieticians

  • Kristy Trumbo, MS, RD, CDN
  • Julia Standish, RDN, CDN

Coordinator

  • Casy Hammerle, MS, RN, CBN

Our Locations:

Most of our Bariatric surgeries are scheduled for Upstate Hospital on the Community Campus. All of your clinic appointments as well as the information sessions are also held on the community campus. Our clinic is located in Suite 2B in the Physicians Office Bldg. (POB) north which is adjacent and connected to the parking garage on the Community Campus.

photo of Upstate University Hospital - Community Campus
Bariatric Surgery at Community Campus
Upstate University Hospital - Community Campus
Map & directions
POB North, 2B
4900 Broad Road, Syracuse, NY 13215
Phone: 315 492-5036
Fax: 315 492-5973
Office Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm

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