Foregut/Bariatric Unit

Staff members in the Foregut/Bariatric unit are:

  • Dr. Amy Neville (Unit lead) - Civic Campus
    • Administrative Assistant Foregut – Alicia Solomon
    • Administrative Assistant Bariatric – Lana Dolan
  • Dr. Nicole Kolozsvari - Civic Campus
    • Administrative Assistant Foregut – Alicia Solomon
    • Administrative Assistant Bariatric – Lana Dolan
  • Dr. Joseph Mamazza – Civic Campus
    • Administrative Assistant Foregut – Alicia Solomon
    • Administrative Assistant Bariatric – Lana Dolan

Logistically, Foregut and Bariatric are completely separate entities.  Foregut is run out of the Parkdale clinic at the Civic Campus and Bariatric is run out of the Grimes Lodge at the Civic Campus.

The Bariatric team includes nurse practitioners at the Civic Campus:

  • Aspen Viets, Alison Vettorel, Louise Donnelly, Monika Pantalone 

. The Fellow dedicated to the Foregut/Bariatric unit is:

  • Dr. Caolan Walsh - Civic Campus
    • Administrative Assistant – Alicia Solomon

The Ottawa Hospital is one of 5 centers of excellence in the Ontario Bariatric Network (OBN).  The Bariatric team consists of: staff members, 1 MIS fellow, nurses (APN and NP), dietitians, behaviourists, psychologists, social workers, internists, and others providing specialized consultation and management of patients including:

  • patient support to manage complex pre-existing health conditions
  • 2 hour group Surgical Information Session
  • Roux en y Gastric Bypass
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Revision of previous bariatric surgeries
  • numerous post-operative care visits within the 1st year post-op

Additional conditions addressed by the Foregut/Bariatric unit include:

  • paraesophageal hernia
  • gastro-esophogeal reflux disease\
  • hematologic disease requiring splenectomy
  • laparoscopic inguinal hernia (recurrent or bilateral)
  • achalasia/dysphagia
  • complex or revision of foregut surgery such as benign foregut disease, or obstruction 
  • adrenal disease requiring adrenalectomy

The staff members are actively involved in the education of undergraduate medical students and postgraduate trainees (residents and fellows) and in continuing professional development for physicians in practice.

Recent Highlights and Honours for the Foregut/Bariatric subspecialty unit include the following:

  • the unit has established the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation
    Quality Improvement Program MBSAQIP accreditation with MBSAQIP data
    collection and quality improvement program for bariatric surgery

  • Dr. Amy Neville 
    • appointed as Medical Director, The Ottawa Hospital Bariatric Centre
      of Excellence
  • Dr. Nicole Kolozsvari/Dr. Joseph Mamazza
    • appointed as Co-Directors of the Bariatric Fellowship Program
      (2016)

A list of research by the staff members of the Foregut/Bariatric unit is provided in the General Surgery Division Research section of the website