Bariatric Surgery: Clinician and Patient Barriers to the First Conversation

A clinical psychologist from the Mayo Clinic Bariatric Center in Jacksonville, FL, explains and corrects key misperceptions that inhibit open discussion of the therapy.

Dr Gretchen Ames is a clinical psychologist in the Mayo Clinic Bariatric Center in Jacksonville, FL. Her clinical practice focuses on patients seeking treatment for obesity. This includes bariatric surgery, very low calorie diets, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She also has wide-ranging research interests including cognitive behavioral therapy for weight regain and metabolic adaptation to weight change with large weight loss.

In a recent interview with Patient Care Online Dr Ames highlighted the barriers that keep both physicians and patients from raising the subject of bariatric surgery for the first time.


Gretchen Ames, PhD, Bariatric Surgery and Medicine Program , Mayo Clinic Bariatric Center
Jacksonville, FL