Our Team
Our Team

Our bariatric team consists of specially trained nurses, surgeons, licensed medical nutrition therapist and dietitian, psychologists, exercise physiologist and other members of our health care team.

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Experienced Team

Bariatric surgeons, Dr. Benjamin Hung and Dr. Raymond Taddeucci, have performed more than 1,300 weight-loss surgeries. Our supportive staff and providers help with your pre-surgery work-up, hospital coordination of care and follow-up visits after surgery. Please contact our Bariatric Program Coordinator at 402-219-7638 for additional questions.  

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Benjamin Hung, MD

Dr. Benjamin Hung is the Medical Director of the Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery program. Dr. Hung has been performing weight-loss surgery since 2001 and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

 

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Raymond Taddeucci, MD

Dr. Raymond Taddeucci has been performing bariatric surgery at the Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery program since 2006. Dr. Taddeucci completed a minimally invasive fellowship with special emphasis on bariatric surgery at the University of Tennessee prior to joining the Saint Elizabeth program. He is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

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Danette Larkins RN, BSN

Danette Larkins RN, BSN is the coordinator of the Metabolic and Bariatric surgery program at Saint Elizabeth. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition. 

Larkins has a surgical and bariatric nursing background giving her specialized exerpience in the bariatric field. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing and is a volunteer for the Nebraska Senior Insurance Information Program with Medicare. Danette enjoys working with clients helping them to live healthier and happier lives.

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Marilyn Wadum, BS, RD

Marilyn Wadum, RD, LMNT, a Bariatric Nutrition Therapist, joined the Saint Elizabeth Bariatric Surgery program in 2011. For the past ten years, she has focused on bariatric medicine and is active in the national Bariatric Dietitian group. Wadum works with weight-loss surgery patients before surgery, during their hospitalization and after they go home. She continues to support patients by co-leading our patient support group. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition.

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Leon Jons, MD

Leon Jons, MD, founded Nebraska Bariatric Medicine, located at Prairie Life Family Medicine in Lincoln, to help patients with weight-related medical conditions. The services of Nebraska Bariatric Medicine are different from other weight-loss programs because they include a complete medical evaluation from an obesity perspective. The assessment looks at the reasons people gain weight and why they have difficulty losing weight. Then, an individual treatment plan is developed for each patient. Treatment programs may include one of two new weight-loss drugs, setting specific behavioral and physical activity goals, evaluating medications that can cause weight gain or weight-loss difficulties and monitoring food intake. Dr. Jons works closely with primary care providers and other specialists to coordinate care so that all members of the health care team can support the patient.

To learn more about Dr. Jons and his work as a bariatrician you can
watch this video.

 

Plan to attend a Reshape Your Life class to learn more about available options. For more information, please contact Danette Larkins, our Metabolic & Bariatric Program Coordinator, at 402-219-7638.