Bariatric Information Sessions and Support Groups

Bariatric Surgery Seminar - Now Available Online!

This is your first step in the bariatric surgical process. These are held in-person OR online. Come join us and you will:

  • Meet the bariatric surgeons and patient care team
  • Learn about surgical options
  • Learn about the process
  • Learn about insurance requirements and the authorization process

Walk-In Information Sessions

Our in-person seminar is offered free of cost and open to everyone, including family members. Feel free to walk-in into any of these in-person seminars that are offered on the dates/ times listed below!

Where: MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Physicians Office Building (POB), Conference Room 121. The hospital information desks will have the information on the days of the event to direct you in the right direction. Please view a map of our meeting locations. 


  • January 14, 2019 9:30-11:30 am
  • February 25, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm
  • March 11, 2019 9:30-11:30 am
  • April 22, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm
  • May 13, 2019 9:30-11:30 am
  • June 24, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm
  • July 8, 2019 9:30-11:30 am
  • August 26, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm
  • September 9, 2019 9:30-11:30 am
  • October 28, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm
  • November 11, 2019 9:30-11:30 am 
  • December 23, 2019 2:30-4:30 pm

Online Seminars

Now you can learn all about Bariatric Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center online! To attend our online Bariatric Surgery Seminar, click here

The online seminar covers the follow topics:

  • Criteria to qualify for weight loss surgery
  • Efficacy of weight loss surgery
  • Strategies for lifestyle changes
  • Types of weight loss surgery
  • Some of the Pros and Cons of each procedure
  • Insurance company requirements
  • Recovery from surgery
  • Next steps after seminar

Please note that before becoming a bariatric surgery patient at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, you must attend either our online weight loss seminar or our in person weight loss seminar. If you prefer to attend our in-person seminar, please visit our online registration or call 202-877-3627 (3627) to register.

Bariatric Support Groups

If you are pre- or post-surgery, this is the group for you. It's an opportunity to meet hospital staff and other patients in a supportive environment. Family members, friends, former and new patients, or anyone investigating the surgery are encouraged to attend.

These meetings are held in the Physicians Office Building Conference Room 121, across from Panera Bread on the 1st floor. You do not need to register, just show up and sign in. Following are the dates and topics for 2019:

Saturday, January 5      Importance of Exercise 
Saturday, February 2    Protein Supplement Tasting (Registered Dietitian)
Saturday, March 2 Q&A with the Surgeon (Dr. Pardo)
Saturday, April 6 Post-Op Patient Panel
Saturday, May 4 Plastic Surgery after Bariatric Surgery 
Saturday, June 1 Sugar Content of Beverages 
Saturday, July 13*           TBD
Saturday, August 3   The Importance of Exercise (Exercise Physiologists)
Saturday, Sept 7  Post-Op Patient Panel
Saturday, October 5  TBD
 Saturday, Nov 2  Q&A with the Surgeon
 Saturday, Dec 7 How to Handle the Holidays (Registered Dietitian)

*One exception is the month of July due to a holiday falling near the first weekend. 

Participating Insurances*:


HMO, Open Access (OA), POS, PPO, Student Health, Medicare Advantage (except PFFS)


Hospital Services, Specialty Services


BCBS of VA Key Care POS/PPO/Indemnity, FEP


Blue Choice HMO, Open Access, PPO, FEP, POS, Choice care Humana PPO, MedStar PPO


HMO, PPO, POS, Open Access, Indemnity


Healthcare of VA, Delaware HMO/PPO, National Network PPO, First Health PPO

Kaiser Permanente**

POS, Medicare plus, Select, Signature, Added Choice, Medicaid MCO of VA and MD

MedStar Family Choice

DC Healthy Families, DC Alliance, MD Health Choice, Select (for MedStar associates), Medicare Choice

United Healthcare

HMO, PPO, POS, Student Resources, Medicare plans (except PFFS)


MDIPA POS/HMO, Onenet PPO, Indemnity


DC FFS, MedStar DC Alliance, DC Healthy Families, MD Health Choice, HSCSN


FFS, Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO/PPO, Evercare, Kaiser, MedStar Medicare Choice


Evergreen Health, First Health, HSCN, Informed, Peace Corp, PFC, PHCS, Tricare


Non-Participating Insurances: 

Amerigroup, Amerihealth Primary Care, Anthem BCBS of VA Healthkeepers POS/HMO, Johns Hopkins Healthcare, MD Physician Care, Multiplan, Trusted Medicaid, VA Medicaid


 *Note: This list may not reflect the most recent updates and is subject to change. Please verify with your insurance to confirm if our practice is considered in network your plan.

**Note: Even though we are in network with Kaiser, please check with your insurance if they would authorize your weight loss surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Location Information

To find a bariatrics specialist, call 
202-877-3627 (3627).


MedStar Washington Hospital Center
106 Irving Street, NW
Physicians Office Building, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20010


2017 Bariatric Program Policy