Our Team

With more than 100 combined years in the field, Drs. George Kerlakian and Kevin Tymitz, and the TriHealth Weight Management Team are Cincinnati's most experienced at helping patients lose weight and gain the skills to keep it off. We use a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach, where our professionals partner with you every step of the way through screening, participation and completion of the bariatric surgery program, and comprehensive and long-term follow-up to help you successfully maintain the lifestyle changes you have acquired. We're invested in your success.

Kerlakian_200xGeorge Kerlakian MD

George Kerlakian MD is a physician and surgeon at Group Health. His expertise in the field of bariatric surgery earned him the additional role of medical director for TriHealth Weight Management.

Dr. Kerlakian has experience in laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass as well as laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAP-BAND®), performing more than 1,500 bariatric procedures to date. Under Dr. Kerlakian's direction, TriHealth Weight Management has earned accreditation as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.

In addition to his expertise in bariatric surgery, Dr. Kerlakian specializes in general surgery and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery. At Good Samaritan, Dr. Kerlakian serves as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Co-Chair of TriHealth Surgical Institute.

Dr. Kerlakian earned his medical degree from St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon, and completed his residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Kevin Tymitz MD - bariatric surgeryKevin Tymitz MD

Kevin Tymitz MD is a physician and surgeon at Group Health. Dr. Tymitz completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. He received additional specialized training in weight loss surgery at Johns Hopkins University as a clinical fellow in minimally invasive, robotic and bariatric surgery. He received his medical degree from the University of Toledo. Dr. Tymitz is board certified in general surgery. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

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