Why Choose Us?
Do you have a medical issue requiring a surgeon’s consultation and expertise? Are you overweight or obese and looking to improve your health and increase your self esteem by losing weight and improving or eliminating many comorbidities, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and difficulty with mobility?
If you are looking for a highly trained, highly skilled surgeon with an excellent bedside manner, look no further than Dr. Shillingford. Dr. Shillingford is a general surgeon who specializes in advanced laparoscopic and obesity surgery and is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery. He has performed over 4,000 bariatric procedures and has recently earned the distinction of becoming a Center of Excellence Surgeon. Not only does he serve as Northwest Medical Center’s Program Medical Director for their Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, but he is also certified in da Vinci Robotic Surgery in order to offer his patients the benefit of cutting edge technology.
Dr. Shillingford prides himself on treating each patient as a unique individual and ensures his patients are satisfied by offering the best possible outcomes for their particular situation. Extreme care and caution is exercised to suit each patient’s needs and provide custom-made services to every individual, whether they are in need of general surgery (such as hernia repair, gallbladder surgery, and many other gastrointestinal procedures), bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, lap band, or revisional surgery), or looking to enhance their self esteem with cosmetic surgery (Botox, Kybella, Juvederm, and Voluma fillers). What sets Dr. Shillingford apart from many doctors is that he takes the time to listen to each patient’s history, concerns, and hopes and takes his time to answer questions and offer support both to the patient and their family.
Another great feature of Dr. Shillingford’s practice is that is it a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. His office manager, Nancy, is in charge of coordinating each patient’s preoperative workup, including care provided by the consultants and obtaining approval for surgery, scheduling surgery and all postoperative appointments. She can make the daunting task of preparing paperwork and coordinating with referring physicians and insurance companies feel like a breeze. Dr. Shillingford also has staff fluent in Spanish for any patients who require translation.
Dr. Priti Kothari serves as a consulting psychiatrist to Dr. Shillingford’s practice for bariatric patients requiring services. Dr. Kothari strives to be educated and informed of cutting-edge issues around obesity and mental health.
Susan Peacock, a Registered Dietitian, works with Dr. Shillingford and provides pre-surgery consultation as per insurance guidelines, to prepare patients with the tools for a successful outcome. She will guide the patient to set the needed behavioral goals prior to the surgery, so that the patient understands and incorporates these behaviors as part of the postoperative long-term results. She also runs the monthly Nutrition Support meeting for all postoperative bariatric patients, which is a free service as part of Dr. Shillingford’s comprehensive package to ensure patient success.
Dr. Tracey Kriegstein, a psychologist, is a key and integral team member who aids in support groups that target behavioral and emotional support for patients both before and after weight loss surgery.
Between Dr. Shillingford’s highly reputable surgical skills, Center of Excellence designations, competitive prices with no program fees, and multidisciplinary approach to presurgical, surgical, and postsurgical patient care, there is no better choice for bariatric surgery in the South Florida area than Dr. Shillingford.