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Dr Ali is a board certified general surgeon with fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery. He is also board certified in  Obesity Medicine. He is the director of Bariatric Surgery Program and the director of robotic surgery at UPMC Hamot. 

 He is a fellow of American College of Surgeons and a fellow of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. 

Dr Ali is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons(SAGES), the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS), American College of Surgeons(ACS). As the director of laparoscopic and Bariatric surgery, Dr Ali performed open and laparoscopic weight loss surgery at the University of Missouri - Kansas City's (UMKC) Truman Medical Center, from October 2000 until September 2004.

Dr Ali has been practising minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery and bariatric surgery including laparoscopic Roux-N-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and Lap-Band procedures at UPMC Hamot Medical Center since 2004.


Medical College of the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan


University of Medicine and Dentisty of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
Newark, NJ

University of Washington School of Medicine,
Seattle, WA

Duke University School of Medicine,
Durham, NC

Dr Amjad Ali
Director of Bariatric Surgery

Dr Amjad Ali
Director of Bariatric Surgery


Dr Muhammad Asad
General and Bariatric Surgeon


Dr Jawaid Kalim
General and Bariatric Surgeon


Therese Christiansen
Nurse Practitioner


Karen Kelley
Nurse Practitioner


Tracy Langer
Office Manager


Valerie Snyder
Program Coordinator


Heidi E. Gianaris
Bariatric Nutritionist


Anita Stippich
Office Nurse


Sarah Schuster
Medical Assistant


Lauren Fosco
Office Assistant


Dawn Miles
Office Assistant/Surgical Scheduler


Bethann Yezzi
Medical Assistant


Fely Heibel
Medical Assistant


Melissa Washe
Office Assistant


Megan Brown

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News and events for May Lap Surgeon Attention Patients !

Please use email only for non urgent communication with the office and call the office at 814-877-6997 with any urgent message. 

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Monthly Support Group Meetings

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery And Weight Management Center holds a Preop Support Group Meeting for weight loss surgery every month on the 3rd Wednesday at 6 pm.

There is no fee to attend support group meetings and they are open to anyone interested in support for weight loss surgery. Support Group Meetings are held at Magee-Womens, UPMC Hamot in the Lincoln Center, 118 E. 2nd Street, Erie, PA.

We also hold a monthly support group meeting designed to address the special needs and concerns of postop bariatric patients. The Postop Support Group Meeting is held at 5 pm before the main meeting at the same location.

For weather related cancellations, please visit this site for notifications. We will also post support group cancellations on our closed Facebook group page, on TV and radio stations when possible or call the office at 814-877-6997

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Support Group Meetings Outside Erie, PA

There are bariatric surgery support group meetings held in the region outside Erie, PA. These meetings are not organized by UPMC Hamot and are run by volunteers. Our office frequently communicates with the group leaders but does not control or endorse the topics discussed in the meetings. If you have information about other meetings in the region or if you find any inaccuracies in the information provided here, please call our program coordinator, Valerie Snyder at


Bradford PA Support Group

Where: Bradford Area Public Library

67 W. Washington St. Bradford, PA

When: 2nd Monday of every month.


Contact Person: Jayme Covert

Tel. 814-512-3128


Warren PA Support Group

Where: Warren General Hospital

When: 3rd Monday of every month

 6-7 pm

Contact Person: Wilma Christiansen



Jamestown NY Support Group has been cancelled as of June 2017.

News and events for May Lap Surgeon Information Seminars

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery and Weight Management Center is offering FREE information seminars about weight loss surgery. 

During the session, you will hear from one of our surgeons, discover what you need to know to navigate the insurance maze, and learn about what kind of pre-op preparation and testing you will be required to have. 

To find out more, please call our office at (814) 877-6997 to reserve your spot at our next information session. 

News and events for May Lap Surgeon New Patient Seminars For Weight Loss Surgery Outside Erie, PA

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery Program is also offering information seminars in the region outside Erie, PA. The schedule for these seminars is subject to change. Please call the office at


for an up to date schedule.

We currently offer these seminars in the Erie office only. 


News and events for May Lap Surgeon Medical Weight Loss Group Sessions

UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery Center is now offering comprehensive weight management services in addition to weight loss surgery. This program is geared to help those who are not heavy enough to be candidates for weight loss surgery but still need to lose weight to improve their health. It is also for those who are candidates for weight loss surgery but do not feel comfortable with the thought of having surgery to lose weight.

We are offering a weekly group session to introduce the services offered.

There is a $10 fee to attend these sessions.

For more information or to register for a session in our medical weight loss program please call our office at


For more details and support group meetings in surrounding areas,
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