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Personalized Care for Weight Loss

We'll find the personalized weight-loss solution that's right for you. Take the first step today by participating in a seminar.

Each of our campuses have a dedicated team to help you with your weight-loss journey. Click below to learn more about our expert physicians and care coordinators.

Weight loss is a complex issue — lasting changes require a supportive community. At AdventHealth, our comprehensive, patient-centered approach means walking alongside our patients through the entire process, providing ongoing medical guidance and compassionate emotional support. And after your procedure, you’ll find peace of mind knowing that follow-up care is always close to home.

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Compassion
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In our FAQs, learn more about your weight-loss options and get answers to your questions, like:

  • How much weight will I actually lose?
  • What is the recovery period?
  • Which are the latest technologies?
  • Will I still be able to eat the same way?
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Covering the Basics
of Bariatric Surgery

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Compassion
with Every Step

Weight loss is a complicated issue — lasting changes require a supportive community. At AdventHealth, our comprehensive, patient-centered approach means walking alongside our patients through the entire process, providing ongoing medical guidance and compassionate emotional support. And after your procedure, you’ll find peace of mind knowing that follow-up care is always close to home.

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Weight-Loss Procedures 
and Personalized Care

If diet and exercise haven’t been enough to achieve a healthy body weight, you’re not alone. Despite their best efforts, many people struggle to achieve their healthier weight. At AdventHealth, we offer the latest weight-loss surgical procedures, including:

  • Minimally invasive robotic and laparoscopic procedures
  • Gastric sleeve
  • Gastric bypass
  • Revision surgery
  • Gastric balloon and duodenal switch

We know that weight-loss surgery is far more than a medical procedure — it's a chance for a fresh start. If your weight is limiting your mobility and everyday activity, then it’s time to imagine what a healthy future can look like and find the solution that works for you.

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Our expert surgeons and nurses are nationally acclaimed thought leaders who are dedicated to improving digestive care for you and your loved ones.

On a Mission to
Advance Bariatric Care

Nationally Accredited Center

Our facilities are nationally accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.

Member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

Our bariatric surgeons are members of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

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Covering the Basics of Bariatric Surgery



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Dr. Dietrick is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric (weight loss) surgery. As Medical Director of the AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, he is responsible for maintaining the highest standard of care for each patient who passes through the Institute. He has an interest and expertise in minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques and teaches robotic skills to surgeons learning this approach. With nearly 30 years of experience, patient-centered care remains his primary focus. He endorses a holistic approach to care and engages each patient in their decisions about health and lifestyle.


As a thought leader, Dr. Dietrick was integral in establishing the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Florida Hospital Tampa in 2005, now the AdventHealth Tampa Bariatric & Metabolic Institute. Serving as medical director of the program, the hospital obtained national Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accreditation through the American College of Surgeons (ASC) and the American Society for Metabolic Surgeons (ASMBS).


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Dr. Gonzalvo is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in adult and adolescent bariatric surgery. A native of Tampa, Dr. Gonzalvo is dedicated to improving the overall health and well-being of the Tampa Bay community. Together, with a team of providers, he provides a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program and applies a customized approach for improved well-being to every patient.


As a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Gonzalvo is passionate about improving the health of those experiencing weight management difficulties, especially in the adolescent population. He is a highly experience surgeon, specializing in complex laparoscopic technique, which results in less scarring and blood loss, faster healing, and less pain for his patients.


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Dr. Murr is certified by the American Board of Surgery and specializes in bariatric surgery. For over 30 years, he has been dedicated to helping individuals regain their health by providing a healthy, nurturing environment. Through a comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach, Dr. Murr and his team of providers focus on the whole health of each person and apply a customized approach for improved well-being.


Founder of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Florida State Chapter, Dr. Murr has been influential in the medical community. An advocate for bariatric medicine, Dr. Murr has been instrumental in working with Florida Legislature, encouraging insurance companies and employers to support comprehensive obesity management. He also has a deep interest in advances for bariatric and metabolic medicine, which is evident in his extensive research and participation in clinical studies in addition to leading a renowned Fellowship program.

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Dr. Thatimatla, known as Dr. Thati by his patients, is certified by the American Board of Surgery with an expertise in Bariatric Surgery. As the Medical Director for the AdventHealth Dade City Bariatric Program, he partners with hospital leadership to ensure the highest quality standards for every patient in his care. Under his direction, the Bariatric Program at AdventHealth Dade City, has achieved national accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

Dr. Thati leads a patient-centered program focused on holistic options to care, while engaging his patients and their family members in health care decisions. This team approach helps his patients gain more control over their lives, resulting in healthier choices that impact their weight loss success. As a laparoscopic and robotic trained surgeon, Dr. Thati provides multiple weight loss options, such as the sleeve gastrectomy, revisional and conversion bariatric surgical procedures.

He completed his surgical residency at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton, New Jersey and St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri followed by fellowship training in advanced laparo-endoscopy and bariatric surgery at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit. He serves as Chief of Surgery at AdventHealth Dade City and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In his spare time, he enjoys travel, music, movies and watching Cricket.


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Dr. Salvador Ramos is a fellowship-trained surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive approaches to both bariatric and general surgical procedures. He uses daVinci® robotic techniques when possible and has performed more than 1500 bariatric surgeries, including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding, duodenal switch, revisional and conversion bariatric surgeries.


Dr. Ramos enjoys seeing patients regain their quality of life, control medical difficulties and live a healthier lifestyle through significant weight loss. He takes pride in being meticulous both in patient consultations and in the operating room, and his patients say that his thorough explanation and sense of humor puts them at ease about their life-changing journey. In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Ramos also performs other laparoscopic and open general surgeries. He is fluent in Tagalog and two other Philippine dialects.


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Dr. Juan C. Gutierrez is board-certified in general surgery and specializes in minimally invasive approaches to both bariatric and general surgery procedures. He is a certified robotic surgeon and performs sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and duodenal switch procedures using laparoscopic or robotic techniques when possible for weight reduction. He also offers the intragastric balloon as a temporary, non-permanent weight-loss option.


Throughout his career, Dr. Gutierrez has dedicated time to clinical research and investigational efforts. He has published works in multiple journals including Cancer, Annals of Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Surgical Research, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, and Obesity Surgery. He is fluent in both English and Spanish.


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A pioneer in laparoscopy since the early 1990s, Dr. Fernandez is an advanced general and bariatric surgeon. Born in Camaguey, Cuba, Dr. Fernandez received his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, received his medical doctorate degree in the Dominican Republic and did his general surgery specialty at Alton Ochsner Medical Clinic in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.


Dr. Fernandez has been in private practice for over 32 years serving as medical director for bariatric surgery at 3 Tampa hospitals, and still owns and operates his surgical clinic. He is also a proctor for 2 nationally recognized surgical instrument companies.


Dr. Fernandez has instructed weight-loss surgeons across the country. He has successfully performed over 4,000 laparoscopic weight-loss procedures and is the only bariatric surgeon in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties that has achieved all 6 possible Bariatric Surgery Centers of Excellence designations on his own volume. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, and a member of Obesity Action Coalition, Florida Society of General Surgeons, American Society of Abdominal Surgery, and Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgery.


His excellent bedside manner and distinguished reputation in the community have made Dr. Fernandez the first choice for bariatric patients. He and his staff are fluent in English and Spanish and participate in most of the insurance networks. Dr. Fernandez performs the following procedures: Band placements and revisions • Hemorrhoidectomies • Laparoscopic colon surgery • Laparoscopic gastric bypasses • Laparoscopic/open hernia repairs • Laparoscopic removal of gallbladder • Sleeve gastrectomies • Spleen removal/liver biopsies • Surgical removal of cysts and masses in multiple areas of the body • Thyroid surgery


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"A" Rating - The Leapfrog Group

We have been recognized for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care watchdog organization. Leapfrog uses 28 measures of data focused on safety to issue grades to more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals.

Blue Distinction Center - Blue Cross Blue Shield

Blue Distinction Centers are health care facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care. We have been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric surgery.

The journey to a new you starts with one of our seminars where you’ll learn more about our procedures and the overall process. For your convenience, we offer an online seminar that you may view at any time.

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Attend a Seminar 

The journey to a new you starts with one of our seminars where you’ll learn more about our procedures and the overall process. For your convenience, we offer an online seminar that you may view at any time.

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Calculated based on your height and weight, your BMI can give you an idea of how your weight is classified, so you can make informed decisions about your health. If you’re considering bariatric surgery, start by filling in the form below to calculate your BMI.

Understanding Your Body Mass Index (BMI)


Body mass index (BMI) is a useful measure to determine your level of body fat. Body mass index is a value derived from a person's mass and height. People who are overweight, obese or morbidly obese are at a greater risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other conditions.

BMI Score
Underweight: Below 18.5

Normal Weight: 18.5-24.9

Overweight: 25-29.9 

Obese Class I: 30-34.9 — You may be eligible for a surgical weight-loss option. Please call our office for more information. 

Obese Class II: 35-39.9 — You may be eligible for a surgical weight-loss option. Please call our office for more information. 

Obese Class III: 40 or greater — You may be eligible for a surgical weight-loss option. Please call our office for more information.

Leading-Edge Treatments, Tailored to You

Our team of experts offers comprehensive bariatric care with some of the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques available. We’ll work to understand your needs and create a customized treatment plan that meets your goals, so you can achieve and maintain a healthy weight and feel your best.

Generally speaking, bariatric procedures are designed to reduce the amount of consumed food, such as the gastric sleeve, in addition to reducing digestion and absorption of calories, such as in gastric bypass or duodenal switch. Your surgeon will talk with you about the benefits of each procedure and the best fit for your lifestyle.

The gastric bypass has withstood the test of time and is designed to reduce the size of the stomach to one or two ounces and to shunt food away from the stomach into the first part of the small intestine. Gastric bypass works by several mechanisms that increase energy expenditure and changes in digestive hormones.

The duodenal switch reduces the stomach in a way similar to gastric sleeve and bypass much of the small intestine. This procedure works mainly by reducing absorption of fats and proteins and requires long-term adherence to vitamins and supplements.

Gastric sleeves has become a popular option since it doesn’t involve bypassing the small intestine and has minimal long-term complications. Gastric sleeve works best for people with lower BMIs and who can supplement them with increased physical activity.

Duodenal Switch

Gastric Bypass

Gastric Sleeve

The gastric balloon is an FDA-approved, non-surgical treatment for weight loss. Gastric balloons help our patients lose weight — and keep it off. While the gastric balloon method is temporary, limiting the amount of food you can eat helps you maintain a healthy weight over time.

Gastric Balloon

We offer surgical procedures for people who previously had bariatric surgery that had not worked properly for them. Such conditions include band slippage or blockage, weight regain or severe heartburn and reflux. Depending on your unique needs, we may recommend either a revision, which modifies your original procedure, or a conversion, which replaces your procedure with a new solution.

Our team is here to help with a variety of revision and conversion procedures. To get started, call our team at 800-270-3043.

Revisions and Conversions
You Can Count On

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Board-Certified General Surgeon Specializing in Bariatric Surgery
Medical Director, Robotic Surgery at AdventHealth Sebring


Michael P. Latzko, MD, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained general surgeon with expertise in weight-loss surgery using minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic techniques. With nearly 10 years of experience, patient-centered care remains his primary focus. Together, Dr. Latzko works with a team of medical specialists to apply a customized approach for improved well-being, emphasizing education, diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. As a thought leader, Dr. Latzko was integral in establishing the Bariatric and Metabolic Program at AdventHealth Sebring in 2020.


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