Meet Your Bariatric Surgery Surgical Staff at VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

Get to know your bariatric surgery team. Here you will find photos and biographies of bariatric surgery staff.

Dr. Ann DeBord Smith [she/her/hers]is Board Certified in General Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery and Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Medicine School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, MD, 2010
Residence: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, General Surgery, 2018
Camaraderie: University of Massachusetts, Minimally Invasive and Advanced Bariatric Surgery, 2019
Board certificate: Board Certified in General Surgery

Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include the surgical treatment of obesity and reflux disease as well as minimally invasive approaches to general surgery such as hernias and colorectal disease. In her spare time, the surgeon enjoys cycling and running with her family.

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Claire Stauffer [she/her/hers]is a certified assistant physician in bariatric surgery

Undergraduate school: Boston College, BS Biology/BA English 2016
Nursing or PA school: Tufts University School of Medicine, MMSc/MPH 2021
Board certificate: PA-C, NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant

Claire’s clinical interests include bariatric and metabolic surgery, with research interests in preventive and lifestyle medicine and public health policy. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and listening to podcasts and audiobooks along the Charles River.

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