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Support Group

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

  • UPMC Hamot Bariatric Surgery And Weight Management Center holds a  

    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 online through Microsoft Teams. You can join our meeting through our Facebook page

     Your Bariatric Life with UPMC Hamot Bariatrics | Facebook

    We have also been recording the meetings and recordings can  be accessed through our Facebook page. 

    Patients are encouraged to attend 3 live support group meetings or watch at least 3 recorded meetings before bariatric surgery.

  • 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

    24 W. Washington Street

    Office of UPMC Primary and Specialty Care

    2nd Monday of every month.

    5:30-6:30 pm

    Jayme Covert 814-512-3128

    **in person meetings, COVID restrictions enforced


    Jamestown NY Support Group

    UPMC Chautauqua WCA

    2nd Tuesday of every month

    6 pm

    Terra Caruso 716-485-7870

    **held virtually; contact meeting host for details


    Safe Harbor meeting with psychologist, Dr. Lisa May

    Held virtually via Microsoft Teams

    Link accessible via YOUR BARIATRIC LIFE WITH UPMC HAMOT BARIATRICS facebook group.

    1st Wednesday of every month

    5-6:00 pm

  • 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 providers, 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. 

  • 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