Our Staff

JAIME PONCE, M.D. Bariatric surgeon, received his medical degree from ITESM School of Medicine in Monterrey, Mexico, and completed his residency at the East Tennessee State University general surgery program.  Dr. Ponce is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.  Dr. Ponce has been practicing Bariatric surgery since 1998 and has extensive experience with the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, gastric sleeve and revisional surgeries, etc.  Dr. Ponce has been the co-director of many Bariatric surgery courses and has trained hundreds of surgeons and allied health staff. He has published articles in peer-reviewed surgical journals.  Dr.  Ponce is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  He maintains membership in the ASMBS, IFSO, SAGES, SSAT and AOA.  He has served on numerous committees that advocate for obesity care.  He has served as President of both the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity North America Chapter.  Dr. Ponce has treated thousands of morbidly obese patients and has dedicated his career to advocate and support obesity care.  Dr. Ponce has been the Medical Director for the Bariatric Surgery Programs here at Hamilton Medical Center and also at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. 

 

STEVEN PAYNTER, M.D., bariatric surgeon, received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1983, and completed his residency in General Surgery in 1988 at East Tennessee State University. He has a special interest and training in the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band procedure. He has been an active participant in the lap-band program at Hamilton Medical Center since its inception in 2000. Dr Paynter is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Member of the AMA, American Society of General Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.




RICHARD FROMM, M.D.
Bariatric surgeon, is particularly interested in the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band procedure. He graduated with Honors from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his General Surgery Residency at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Fromm is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.