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Our Team

We take a team approach to your health care at the NMMC Bariatric Clinic and Center. In the weeks before your surgery, during your hospital stay and when you return home, you will meet many members of your health care team, including the:

Bariatric Surgeons:

bariatric, bariatric surgery, doctor, terry pinsonTerry W. Pinson, M.D., serves as Medical Director of the Bariatric Center. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his medical degree from University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1990.

Dr. Pinson completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., in 1995. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of Southeastern Surgical Congress and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Pinson is affiliated with Surgery Clinic of Tupelo.



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Will Cauthen, M.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Mississippi State University in Starkville. He completed his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and his general surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Cauthen is affiliated with Surgery Clinic of Tupelo.


Your bariatric surgeon is the doctor who performs the actual bariatric surgery and is responsible for your overall health during your hospital stay and recovery period.





Bariatric Program Director:


Your bariatric program director is the nurse practitioner who alongside your surgeon and is responsible for making sure you receive world-class care throughout your bariatric surgery experience. The Bariatric Program Director has attained bariatric nurse certification through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


Bariatric Program Coordinator:


Your bariatric program coordinator is the registered nurse who oversees the multidisciplinary team. The Bariatric Program Coordinator has attained bariatric nurse certification through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.


Additional Staff:

Additional staff members include the Bariatric Clinic Office Administrator, Psychologist, Financial Specialist, Receptionist and Data Analyst.


Before and during your Bariatric Center stay, you will meet a number of nurses who perform different jobs. Some nurses will see you in the clinic; others work in pre-admission testing, some attend to your daily health care needs in the hospital and others assist surgeons in the operating room. Nurses are among the most visible health care professionals in the hospital.


Your dietitian is specially trained in meeting your dietary needs while you are in the hospital and assisting you to maintain a healthy diet before surgery and after you return home.


Your anesthesiologist or anesthesia team member administers anesthesia during your surgery, monitors your vital signs during and after your surgery, and oversees pain control while you are in the recovery room.

Primary Care Physician (PCP):

Your primary care physician, or family practitioner, takes care of your general health. A recommendation from a PCP will be required for your initial visit at our clinic.

Physical Therapist:

Your physical therapist is trained to assist you in regaining strength and coordinating your walking efforts during your hospitalization. A physical therapist may work with you during your hospital stay.

Exercise Physiologist:

Your exercise physiologist is trained to assist you in performing exercise activities once you are released by the bariatric surgeon to begin your exercise regime after surgery. An EP will also perform your pre-surgery exercise assessment.



The NMMC Bariatric Center psychologist has specialized training to render your psychological assessment to better prepare the surgeon, staff and you prior to surgery.


Hospital Chaplain:


NMMC's chaplains are trained to meet your spiritual needs and those of your family, regardless of religious denomination.


Case Manager:


Your case manager is in charge of coordinating your hospital discharge.



Because the Bariatric Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program as a Comprehensive Center and is recognized in the Optum Centers of Excellence Network, weight loss surgery at NMMC is covered by more health plans, including those for teachers, state employees and many offered by employers, check your health plan benefits, talk to your doctor and weigh your options.