Make 2020 the year to lose weight and improve your overall health. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Weight Loss and General Surgeon Amy Johnson, MD, has been providing expert care and weight loss surgical services to the Central Appalachian region since 2011. With her help, patients have overcome diabetes, high blood pressure, and a host of other health issues.

As a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and board-certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Johnson is passionate about helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle. PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Department is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), who set national standards for bariatric surgery centers with a goal of advancing safe and high-quality care for bariatric surgery patients.

Dr. Johnson’s experience, expertise and compassion for her patients raises the bar for weight loss surgery at PMC. Her goals in surgically treating morbid obesity are to eliminate or significantly improve medical problems that plague this patient population. “Pike, Letcher and Floyd counties have an obesity rate of nearly 43 percent compared to the national average of around 30 percent,” Dr. Johnson explained. “Weight loss surgery is a solution that has a profoundly positive effect on many other aspects of a patient’s health.”

Elevated rates of diabetes go hand-in-hand with the increase in obesity in central Appalachia. Dr. Johnson believes that the discussion about obesity needs to change to address other medical conditions, and treating obesity with surgery is the best way to prevent a diabetes epidemic in our region.

“Whether you need to lose a little or a lot of weight, we have a plan for you,” said Dr. Johnson. For more information about PMC’s Weight Loss Surgery Department or to make an appointment, please visit https://www.pmcweightlosssurgery.com or call 606-218-2205.