Aug. 27, 2018


Anchorage Bariatrics facilitates accreditation of state’s only Bariatric Center of Excellence

Accreditation allows many insured Alaskans to now have bariatric surgery instate


ANCHORAGE — Earlier this month, Justin J. Clark, M.D., founder and co-owner of Anchorage Bariatrics and director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Providence Alaska Medical Center, led the effort to help Providence Alaska Medical Center become the only certified Bariatric Center of Excellence in Alaska through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

MBSAQIP is the only nationwide accreditation and quality improvement program for metabolic and bariatric surgery. This is important because many insurers require patients to have bariatric surgery at an MBSAQIP verified center, forcing many Alaskans to travel outside the state for care. This can cause a host of issues with follow-up and post-surgery support. With Providence’s MBSAQIP accreditation, Alaskans can now receive verified care in state.

The MBSAQIP program, led by The American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, awards accreditation to institutions that meet the highest standards of care for bariatric patients through a rigorous reporting and inspection process. Dr. Clark and Anchorage Bariatrics co-owner Sean Lee, M.D., were also recognized as MBSAQIP  verified surgeons after demonstrating compliance with a wide range of criteria specific to caring for bariatric patients.

“Facilitating Providence’s Bariatric Center of Excellence recognition – along with becoming an MBSAQIP verified surgeon alongside Dr. Lee – reinforces my belief that we are providing the best possible care for patients with the best possible outcomes right here in Alaska,” said Dr. Clark. “It also allows Alaskans to receive verified care right here at home.”

As facilitator of Providence Alaska Medical Center’s accreditation, Dr. Clark led a team that included a bariatric coordinator, a data registrar, dietary/nutrition services, nursing education and anesthesiologists. The recognition means that Providence is fully equipped to care for bariatric patients, providing certain types of equipment designed specifically for these patients, as well as providing training for its staff on subjects such as bariatric surgery, post-op care and nutrition, obesity sensitivity training, proper moving of obese patients and recognizing the signs and symptoms of complications resulting from bariatric surgery.

According to a national report released last year, Alaska has the 20th highest adult obesity rate in the nation at 31.4 percent.

Anchorage Bariatrics, led by MBSAQIP verified surgeons Drs. Clark and Lee, is Alaska’s leading bariatric clinic specializing in a comprehensive approach to weight loss. The clinic offers a full spectrum of weight loss options, from medication-assisted weight loss and non-surgical options to bariatric surgery. It also offers a free weight-loss informational session by appointment. For more information, visit or call 907-644-THIN.


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