What Makes Us Unique?

Learn about our team’s unique approach with patients through their journey of weight loss surgery and beyond. This podcast features our bariatric surgeons David Lautz, MD, and Laura Doyon, MD.


Emerson Center for Weight Loss

The Emerson Health Center for Weight Loss provides a uniquely supportive, compassionate, and successful approach for patients who struggle with obesity. Our physicians and staff understand that obesity is a disease and do not blame or shame patients.

Instead, we work closely with patients in an understanding and supportive way to help them overcome health challenges and set them up for lifelong success. The surgeons and team are persistent with developing strategies and solutions to help patients succeed.

Our Patient Care Approach

Emerson performs more weight loss procedures than any program in New England. This results in positive and safe outcomes for our patients. The center’s two bariatric surgeons are among the best in the field.

Not only do these experienced physicians have the medical expertise from performing nearly 10,000 bariatric procedures, but they have the deep compassion, kindness, and problem-solving acumen that patients need for long-term success.


In addition to the surgeons, the Center for Weight Loss includes an experienced gastroenterologist who is trained in bariatric endoscopy, dietitians, social workers, patient navigators, physician assistants, financial counselors, and other staff who have the same patient care philosophy as the surgeons – they are here to support patients and help them achieve their goals. The entire team works in the same office all under one roof, making it convenient and efficient for patients, and contributing to the warm, supportive environment.

Our office and equipment are designed for optimal comfort and privacy for our patients. The office is located on the first floor of the building, with convenient access from the free parking lot, and no need to climb stairs.

Simply put, patients have an entire team of experts on their side to help them reach and often exceed their health and lifestyle goals – for life.

Meet Our Team

Our staff is dedicated to every step of your weight loss journey. In addition to our surgeons, you’ll work with physician assistants, nurse practitioners, dietitians, licensed social workers, medical assistants, financial counselors, and office administrators.

Qualifying for Surgery

Qualifications for weight-loss surgery is based on national guidelines from the National Institute of Health and American College of Surgeons. To qualify, an individual must possess BMI and *PLUS weight-related comorbidity:

The First Step:
Information Session

The first step to achieving your weight-loss goals is to register for a free information session. Emerson Health’s bariatric surgeons and Center for Weight Loss team members provide an overview of the surgical weight loss program, including a description of the surgical weight loss procedure options available, how they work, and their risks and benefits.

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