Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS

Dr. Jaime Ponce - Dalton Surgical GroupDr. Ponce is the Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, and Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He completed a General Surgery Residency at East Tennessee State University and has published numerous articles in peer reviewed surgical journals, lectured in different meetings and been a guest speaker in international congresses and courses. During the latest Bariatric Surgery consensus, Dr. Ponce presented the gastric banding supportive data.
Dr. Ponce has been practicing bariatric surgery since 1998 and has extensive experience with the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band procedure. He was the principal investigator for the “C” trial with the Lap-Band® and the Swedish (Realize™) Band trial. He is a consultant for many bariatric surgery companies, has been the co-director of several gastric banding courses, has trained hundreds of surgeons and allied health staff, has proctored hundreds of surgeons during their first gastric banding cases, and has one of the largest experiences with both gastric bands available in the U.S. In October 2000, Dr. Ponce developed a multidisciplinary comprehensive Bariatric Surgical Center of Excellence in Dalton, GA, which is now one of the largest outpatient gastric banding centers in the U.S.
Dr. Ponce is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Maintains membership in the ASMBS, IFSO, SAGES and AOA. Additionally, he served as the Chair of the Bariatric Surgical Review Committee for the Surgical Review Corporation, which establishes guidelines for Bariatric Centers of Excellence and in 2011 was nominated President-Elect of the ASMBS. On a local level, Dr. Ponce has responsibilities as Vice President of the ASMBS Tennessee State Chapter. Dr. Ponce has treated thousands of morbidly obese patients and has dedicated his career to advocate and support obesity care by working with insurance companies and lawmakers to establish better policies for the surgical treatment of obesity.