Bariatrics & Gastric Bypass
Meet Our Bariatric Surgeons
W. Baker, M.D., F.A.C.S. Bariatric & General Surgeon
John W. Baker, MD, FACS, is a past president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric
Surgery (ASMBS), the largest association in the world dedicated to this particular specialty. He is
also a past board member and past president of the ASMBS Foundation.
Dr. Baker is a leading expert in the surgical treatment of obesity with over 20 years of exerience. He
has performed more than 2,800 weight loss surgical procedures during his career. He is also an
active member of several other professional associations and societies including the American
College of Surgeons, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), American Medical Association,
and the Christian Medical Dental Association.
Currently, he is a solo practitioner and serves as the medical director for Baptist Medical Center’s Baptist Health
Weight Loss Center, as well as co-director of the hospital’s bariatric surgery program in Little Rock, Arkansas.
He is working with Operation New Life on mission trips to Honduras helping with advanced laparoscopic techniques
with the attending surgeons and surgical residents at the Hospital Escuela affiliated with Honduras medical school in
Dr. Baker has co-authored numerous studies and has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including the
Journal of Trauma, Obesity Surgery and Surgical Forum, Surgery, and Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases. He
has also made numerous presentations on trauma and obesity surgery topics. Dr. Baker has worked with the Arkansas
State Medical Board and was asked to lead a committee to establish a list of complications for mandated informed
patient consent for gastric bypass surgery pursuant to Act 1356 of the 84th Arkansas General Assembly in 2003.
Dr. Baker graduated from Louisiana State University-Shreveport in a six-year accelerated M.D. program, receiving a
Bachelor of Science degree in 1981 and a medical degree from LSU Medical Center-Shreveport in 1983. He
completed both his internship and residency at LSU Hospital in 1983 and 1988, and also served as chief resident of
He practices and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his wife Melissa and his two children.
Jon D. Fuller, M.D., F.A.C.S. Bariatric & General Surgeon
Dr. J.D. Fuller was born and raised in Little Rock, AR. After graduating from high school at Pulaski Academy, he attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He earned his medical degree at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and subsequently trained in general and bariatric surgery at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX.
Dr. Fuller has trained extensively in bariatric surgery and offers comprehensive bariatric surgical care. Most surgeries are performed laparoscopically, including Lap-Band, Lap-Sleeve, and Lap-Gastric Bypass. He also performs other more complex operations, including revisional bariatric surgery, for those patients who have developed problems with older types of stomach-stapling operations.
As a part of the Baptist Health Bariatric Center of Excellence, Dr. Fuller is an advocate for bariatric surgery, hoping to further spread awareness of obesity and its associated health consequences. He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), among others.
Dr. Fuller welcomes any questions you may have and can offer extensive counseling regarding obesity, its lifelong effects on your health, and its surgical management.
R. Gibbs, M.D., F.A.C.S. Bariatric & General Surgeon
Dr. Mark Gibbs was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After graduating
from Baylor University, he attended the University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences. He completed general surgery residency programs
at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and the University
of Missouri School of Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Gibbs is a board certified surgeon and co-director of the BAPTIST
HEALTH Bariatric program. He is a Diplomate of the American Board
of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He
is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and the
Pulaski County Medical Society.
Dr. Gibbs has been in private practice in Little Rock since 1986
and began devoting a large portion of his practice to Bariatric
surgery in the mid 1990s. As an advanced laparoscopic surgeon, he
has traveled the country teaching other surgeons the laparoscopic
gastric bypass procedure.
Eric Paul, M.D., Bariatric & General Surgeon
Dr. Paul studied at Baylor University and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He then attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed his general surgery residency at the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma and after concluding a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery at Emory University, he joined Arkansas Bariatric Surgery in 2010.
Dr. Paul is a board certified general surgeon, with interests in bariatric & gastrointestinal surgery. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Pulaski County Medical Society.
Clay Wellborn, M.D., F.A.C.S. Bariatric & General Surgeon
Dr. J. Clay Wellborn, Jr. is a lifelong resident of Arkansas. He grew up in Little Rock where he attended Catholic High School for Boys. After college in Virginia, he returned to UAMS for Medical School where he was a Barton Research Scholar, The Lange Book Award Winner, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society member and winner of the E. Forest Ellis Award for Outstanding Surgical Student. To complete his training as a surgeon, he completed a five-year General Surgical Residency at UAMS, which included training in Bariatric Surgery.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery a Fellow with the American College of Surgery, and also a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also a member of the Pulaski County and Arkansas Medical Society, and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, in which he is one of two Arkansas physicians serving as an ASBS committee member on a national level. Dr. Wellborn recently has been approved as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.
Dr. Wellborn entered practice in 1984 and has been performing Bariatric Surgery for the past 26 years. Each year his Bariatric practice has grown to the point that Bariatric Surgery is now 95% of his practice. As a gastric bypass surgeon, he has performed over two thousand gastric bypass procedures, and has a particular interest in Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery. In April 2001 he was among the first 50 surgeons in the United States to be trained in the LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System, and since August 2001, he has performed more than 2000 Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding procedures.
Dr. Wellborn has five children from age 22 to 33, and a new granddaughter Caroline Clay born July 11, 2007, a second grandaughter born September 11th, 2008 named Grace Catherine, and Mary Mills was born September 1st, 2009. Dr. Wellborn loves teaching surgery and medicine to his residents, reading historical novels, duck hunting, playing the guitar and spending time in St. John USVI with his family.