Baptist Health Bariatric Surgeon Holding Seminar on Dropping Pandemic Pounds, Improving Health

FORT SMITH, Ark. – Packing on the pounds has been a common side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. As more people are vaccinated and begin to return to normal activity, they may be looking for ways to drop the weight.

Eric Chung, DO, a fellowship-trained bariatric surgeon at Baptist Health-Fort Smith, will shed light on the topic during an upcoming virtual seminar Monday, May 17, on surgical weight loss. During the live discussion, Dr. Chung will share comprehensive surgical weight loss offerings and what to expect from Baptist Health’s skilled support team both before and after your surgical procedure.

Dr. Chung performs minimally invasive robotic surgery and laparoscopic surgery for those wishing to lose weight and improve their health. He says it’s his goal to provide life-changing tools for those suffering from obesity without judgment.

“One thing I learned interacting with thousands of patients is that there is a widespread prejudice against the obese population,” Dr. Chung said. “Whether it comes to job opportunity, access to health care, or day-to-day social interactions; obese people suffer from the common misconception that obesity is a choice. Helping people understand that obesity is a disease that needs surgical and medical management is something I like to focus on.”

To learn more about surgical weight loss options at Baptist Health, join Dr. Chung at 6 p.m., Monday, May 17, or during any of the sessions held on the third Monday of each month.
Those who are interested can register by visiting the “Classes and Resources” tab at or by calling Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST.

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