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WellSpan adds two more providers to Apple Hill campus

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WellSpan Bariatric Surgery and WellSpan Medical Weight Management
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In another expansion of the location, WellSpan Health has added two new providers at its Apple Hill Medical Center in York Township.

WellSpan Bariatric Surgery and WellSpan Medical Weight Management will be joining the growing list of providers at the campus, which now includes specialty practices focusing on cardiothoracic surgery, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, and post-menopausal care among others.

WellSpan Bariatric Surgery will be helmed by Dr. John Monk Jr. and Dr. James Ryan, who will be providing weight loss management and surgery at the Apple Hill campus. Monk graduated from Thomas Jefferson University Medical College and completed his residency at WellSpan York Hospital. Ryan graduated from University of North Carolina School of Medicine and also completed his residency at WellSpan York Hospital.

WellSpan Health, which employs over 1,200 practicing physicians, also operates a bariatric surgery center at the WellSpan Cocalico Health Center in Cocalico Township in Lancaster County. That practice is led by Dr. Jason Marone.

WellSpan Medical Weight Management will be led by Dr. Minnie Taw and physician assistant Sandra Warren. Dr. Taw graduated from the Chicago Medical School and completed her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, Florida.

WellSpan Medical Weight Management has another location in Gettysburg borough, led by nurse practitioner Michelle Nicholas.

Both practices have already located to the Apple Hill campus, which also hosts weight loss classes and a weight management support group.

According to Dr. Douglas Arbittier, vice president of surgery services at WellSpan Health, the move "will seamlessly aid patients who rely on theses specialty services attain their health goals."

Bariatric surgery - through which the size of the stomach is either limited or restrained to help fight obesity - is a growing sector of the national health care market. According to the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, annual procedures performed nationwide have climbed from 158,000 in 2011 to 216,000 in 2016. 

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Gillian Branstetter

Gillian Branstetter

Gillian Branstetter covers health care news for the Central Penn Business Journal. Email her at

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