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Surgical Weight Loss Program

Bariatric Surgeons

EMMC’s bariatric surgeons are dedicated and highly experienced. Each bariatric doctor is part of Northeast Surgery of Maine, has completed advanced training in bariatric surgery, and exceeds the volume of surgeries needed to meet national accreditation standards. EMMC Surgical Weight Loss is proud to be home to some of the pioneers and global leaders of robotic weight loss surgery. Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, FASMBS was one of the first surgeons in the world to adopt this technology and now teaches this skill set to others across the nation and around the world.

Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, FASMBS -  View Dr. Toder's education and experience 
Medical Director, EMMC Surgical Weight Loss

Dr. Toder is an accredited bariatric surgeon who performs weight loss surgery at EMMC.Dr. Toder, an accredited bariatric surgeon since 2005, has been performing weight loss surgery at EMMC since 1997. She received her undergraduate degree from Colby College, her medical school training from the University of Massachusetts, and completed a surgical residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Toder is a member of the American College of Surgeons as well as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. She is also a board certified general surgeon with the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Toder offers the most up-to-date surgical weight loss procedures, including robotically assisted, laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric banding, and sleeve gastrectomy. In fact, Dr. Toder’s abilities with robotic assisted weight loss surgery are so renowned, she has been called on to teach this technology to her peers across the nation and the world including surgeons from Japan and Australia.

Beyond bariatric surgery, Dr. Toder offers robotic surgery for hiatal hernia and acid reflux; stomach operations for benign and cancerous abnormalities; and gallbladder, spleen, and adrenal removal.She maintains a busy practice offering a wide menu of minimally invasive, robotic assisted operations beyond weight loss surgery. 

Fariba Dayhim, MD, FACS, FASMBS - View Dr. Dayhim's education and experience
Bariatric Surgeon, Medical Bariatrician and Certified Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Dayhim is an accredited bariatric surgeon who performs weight loss surgery at EMMC.Dr. Dayhim joined Northeast Surgery and EMMC in September, 2009. She is board certified by the American Board of Surgery American College of Surgeons, American Board of Obesity Medicine, and the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists. She is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  

 Diplomate badgeDr. Dayhim completed medical school at Tehran University in 1993 and then followed her surgical residency. In 2001, she came to the United States and engaged in clinical research at the University of Michigan in their plastic surgery department. To be able to work as a surgeon in the US she repeated a surgical residency which she finished in 2008 at New York Medical College . In June 2009, Dr. Dayhim completed an advanced minimally invasive bariatric surgery fellowship at The Methodist Hospital in Houston Texas. She recieved her training from two of the best and most known bariatric surgeons in the US--father and son surgeons Dr. Robert and Garth David (from TLC's "Big Medicine"). In addition to bariatric and plastic surgery, Dr. Dayhim is also skilled in endoscopy. In 2011 she became board certified in bariatric medicine and now works with those who are not heavy enough to qualify for weight loss surgery, who have had significant weight regain after weight loss surgery, or who need to lose some weight in order to proceed safely to weight loss surgery.

Michael St. Jean, MD, FACS, FASMBS - View Dr. St. Jean's education and experience
Bariatric Surgeon

Dr. St.Jean, FACSDr. Michael St. Jean is the newest surgeon at EMMC Surgical Weight Loss joining EMMC in August 2011. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. St. Jean received his undergraduate degree and Army commission from Marquette University then went on to complete medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed his general surgery residency training at Dwight David Eisenhower Army Medical Center in 1995. He served as a general surgeon in the Army at multiple military hospitals as well as numerous combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan with Special Operations Command.

Dr. St Jean has been involved with bariatric surgery since 2002. In 2005 he completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania. His practice revolves primarily around laparoscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgical techniques and endoscopy. He has extensive experience with open and laparoscopic gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revision of bariatric surgery. Dr. St Jean serves as an at-large reviewer for numerous surgical journals.

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