Thank you for your interest in our program! We’re committed to helping improve the medical, social, emotional, and psychological lives of people with obesity. We feel it’s important to treat the entire person by providing appropriate physical and psychological support before, during and after your surgery.
We’re here to help you in every way we can. Please do not hesitate to contact our office with your questions or concerns.
We believe in a whole team approach — and you are part of that team. Evaluations are done by team members with range
of expertise to ensure the highest quality of pre- and post-surgical weight loss care.
These patients started where you are today — and look at them now!
“I never thought you could feel so good. To be without pain is an incredible gift.”
"Pienso que voy a vivir más años para estar con mi familia y eso es lo más importante."
“My diabetes is undetectable. I'm off of all medications. This has changed my life.”
"Here I am, two years later and down 162 pounds — feeling fantastic!"
Erica J. — bariatric surgery patient
Dr. Nair has been in practice since 1999 at Salem Clinic and serves as the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Salem Health since 2006.
Dr. Nair graduated from Stanford University and received his medical degree from the University of Arizona. He completed his general surgical training at the University of Arizona.
He completed an Open Bariatric Mini-Fellowship in 2004 and a Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Mini-Fellowship in 2009. Dr. Nair is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
His special interests include bariatric surgery, general surgery and quality improvement in health care.Show less
Dr. Boulay has been in practice since 2006 and joined Salem Clinic and the bariatric surgery team at Salem Health in 2007.
She graduated from Johns Hopkins University and received her medical degree from Columbia University. She completed her surgical training at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.
Dr. Boulay then completed one year of advanced training in Bariatric procedures at the Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Institute in Union, New Jersey.
She is also a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Her special interests include bariatric surgery and general surgery.Show less
Julie Crownover, physician assistant, has worked in surgery for 23 years, 10 of those as a physician assistant. She joined the Salem Health Bariatric Surgery Center in 2019.
Julie's special interests include general surgery and, of course, bariatric surgery.
After graduating from the University of California San Diego with a Bachelor's degree in physiology and neuroscience, Julie completed a Master's degree at the University of Washington in Clinical Health Services in 2011.Show less
Meagan received her master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus in nutrition. While studying, she received training in weight management dietetics, including bariatric surgery.
Her background also includes an undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico and interests in medical nutrition therapy, weight management, and dismantling diet culture.Show less
Eleanor has a master's of science degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She earned her license in 2013.
While her passion is in bariatric surgery nutrition therapy, lab interpretation, and supplement adjustments and/or prescription, she specializes in medical nutrition therapy, diabetes, and weight management. She has been a Certified Personal Trainer, through The American Council on Exercise since 2006
She enjoys using her extensive background in functional training and weight management in her work as a dietitian. Eleanor considers herself a life long learner and is currently pursing advanced education to become a Board Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management through the Commission of Registered Dietitians.Show less
Patients have many options for where to have bariatric surgery. One significant decision is whether you’ll have your surgery at an accredited or a non-accredited facility. In making this choice, it’s critical patients and referring physicians understand what makes a facility accredited — and why accreditation is so important.
The bariatric and metabolic surgery accreditation process is known as the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). MBSAQIP was developed jointly by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, to foster patient safety and surgical excellence. To become accredited, a facility undergoes a rigorous process of evaluations to ensure a high level of quality.
A recent study showed the mortality rates at non-accredited facilities are, on average, three times greater than at accredited facilities.
Accreditation is an important, potentially life-saving process. We encourage patients and referring physicians to seek out facilities that meet these rigorous standards.