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Meet the BMI Team

The multidisciplinary bariatric team at UC San Diego Health — which includes nationally and internationally recognized surgeons, physicians, registered nurses, program psychologist, registered dietitians, patient advocates and support staff — is dedicated to helping you lose weight and restore your health through comprehensive, personalized care.


Meet Our Medical Team
Santiago Horgan, MD

Santiago Horgan, MD
Director, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute
An internationally recognized expert in esophageal disease, bariatric surgery, and new technologies for minimally invasive, surgical approaches, Dr. Horgan provides patients with faster recovery and less scarring.

See a list of Dr. Horgan's publications at PubMed.gov.

Eduardo Grunvald, MD Eduardo Grunvald, MD
Bariatrician
Director of Weight Management Program
Dr. Grunvald is integrally involved with managing surgical and nonsurgical weight loss efforts, and assesses patients before surgery to evaluate existing comorbidities.
Garth Jacobsen, MD Garth Jacobsen, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
Director, UCSD Hernia Center
A specialist in gastric banding, Dr. Jacobsen was closely involved with the FDA trials for the approval of the Lap-Band system. 

See a list of Dr. Jacobsen's publications at PubMed.gov.

 

Allied Health Professionals
Natalie Cook
Bariatric Patient Coordinator
A patient counselor at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute since 2007, Natalie is well-versed in bariatric surgery options and provides support and education throughout the entire process.

Jill Fisher, MS, RD
Registered Dietitian
Jill is the BMI dietitian and works with patients to help them through the pre-op and post-op phases of diet and meal planning, as well as providing healthy eating tips to help maximize success.


Mary Kirk
Nurse Practitioner
Mary is a nurse practitioner who specializes in caring for bariatric patients. She provides patient education and medical care before and after surgery.

 

Weight Management Coordinators
Cheryl Singer Sheryl Singer
Health Educator
Sheryl has over 10 years as a clinical nutritionist and has helped hundreds of people lose weight and keep it off long-term. She helps patients improve chronic conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol.

Elisa Hardes Elisa Hardes
Program Coordinator
Elisa belives patients are an important member of their own support team. She is passionate about helping patients improve their health through weight management.

Kelly Faulstich Kelly Faulstich
Health Educator
Kelly is a registered dietitian with a professional background in weight management. She personally developed the Lifestyle Weight Loss Program using scientifically proven approaches to long-term weight management

Jeanette Limcolioc Jeanette Limcolioc
Program Nurse
Jeanette is a registered nurse with a special focus in disease prevention through weight management. She works closely with patients to achieve their weight-loss goals.

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