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Why Choose Us?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest health care and research centers focusing on children and teens. We care for more than one million patient visits each year. Families travel from around the country and even the world for our care. Our doctors and researchers work to advance children’s health care.

Our Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition involves prevention, teaching, research, medical and bariatric weight management. We are one of the only centers in the country to offer all three bariatric surgery options for teens. These include gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable gastric band.

Nationwide Children’s is also one of only five hospitals in the country taking part in a research study to better understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery in teens.

Transition of care

We work closely with our patients and their family to smoothly transition to a bariatric center focused on adult patients when and if it becomes necessary. Nationwide Children's Hospital is a major pediatric affiliate of The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University, College of Medicine.
 

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At Nationwide Children’s Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, we have a team that is dedicated to working together to help you achieve a healthy life.

Medical Director

Ihuoma U. Eneli, MD, MS, is Medical Director at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr Eneli oversees the assessment clinics and medical weight management programs. Her clinical and research interest is on medical interventions for overweight children, particularly from the health care providers’ perspective. Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Dr. Eneli was an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

Phone: (614) 722-4953

Surgical Director

Marc P. Michalsky, MD, is Professor of Clinical Surgery and Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and serves as Surgical Director for the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital – the first and only free-standing adolescent bariatric surgery center in the U.S. to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

As an MBSAQIP verified surgeon, Dr. Michalsky meets the highest standards of surgical quality and safety. He also conducts MBSAQIP site surveys on behalf of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Michalsky serves as a clinical investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored research initiatives examining outcomes following surgical weight reduction in the severly obese adolescent population.

Dr. Michalsky's team currently performs gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, and adjustable gastric banding on severely obese adolescents.

Phone: (614) 722-3588

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Physician

Marnie L. Wagner, M.D. is a general pediatrician at the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital. She also serves as an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Wagner's clinical interests include nutrition, the primary prevention of obesity and the management of obesity-related comorbidities. She sees patients in the medical assessment and bariatric clinics. Prior to joining the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Dr. Wagner completed her pediatric residency training at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Phone: (614) 722-4824

Nurse Practitioner

Our nurse practitioner will work with you throughout the bariatric surgery program, including the time leading up to surgery as well as follow-up after surgery.
Phone: (614) 722-3588

Registered Dietitians

The registered dietitians will teach you about healthy eating, help you develop a healthy meal plan and provide you with all the skills you need for weight-loss success.
Phone: (614) 722-4824

Physical Therapist

The physical therapist helps by evaluating your physical ability. Together, you can develop physical goals and learn to incorporate more physical activity into your life.
Phone: (614) 722-4824

Psychologist

A psychologist will help you create achievable personal goals. This includes nutrition and exercise goals. Together, you will discuss ways to change behaviors. She will also be involved in determining if you are able to handle the responsibilities of undergoing bariatric surgery. After surgery, you will meet again to help ensure the transition to your new lifestyle is successful.
Phone: (614) 722-4700

Dr. Snider specializes in psychology and is focused on psychological issues associated with weight management in adolescents. She serves as the site investigator for studies that help us improve our understanding of bariatric surgery in adolescents.

Social Worker

A social worker will help you with financial, community, transportation and family resources. She will provide support as needs arise and helps plan the support group meetings with the program coordinator.
Phone: (614) 722-4353

Program Coordinator

The program coordinator helps schedule your clinic appointments and tests. She works with your insurance company to determine medical and surgical benefits. She also plans support group meetings with the help of the social worker.
Phone: (614) 722-3588

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Abigail, Age 16

“The road to weight loss is a long and hard journey. It takes hard work and determination to succeed, but sometimes we still need help. Never be afraid to ask, and if you fall along the way, pick yourself back up and know that it will be worth it in the end."
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Ashley, Age 18

“Dr. Michalsky kept us informed and checked on us daily, he was amazing, he even took a picture of my stomach! He is an AWESOME doctor! I’m glad he was the one who did the surgery. Thank You!”
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Justin, Age 21

“I’ve made better choices when it comes to choosing foods because of the staff recommending and explaining alternatives.”
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Nikisha, Age 26

“When I first came to the Center for Healthy Weight and Nutrition, Dr. Eneli inspired me from the start. She told me that underneath, I had a BEAUTIFUL figure. She is very inspirational.”
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Sara, Age 19

“I took a selfie because I felt pretty.”

 

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MBSAQIP sealThe Bariatric Surgery program at Nationwide Children's Hospital is the first and only free-standing adolescent bariatric surgery center in the U.S. to be accredited by the American College of Surgeons Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This recognition certifies that the highest standards of quality and safety are being met at our center. 

Benefits to our patients include:

  • Our facilities are 100% equipped for bariatric patients – before, during and after surgery – so there is no need to transfer our patients to other locations
  • Our staff undergoes specialized training to meet the specific needs of obese patients
  • Our surgeons are verified by the American College of Surgeons
  • We participate in a national data registry and use its reports to identify opportunities to improve the quality of care we provide
  • All of our additional departments are specialized for obese patients including:
    • Radiology
    • Emergency services
    • Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
    • Post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)
    • Surgical services
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