Erlanger Bariatric Surgery Center earns 3-year accreditation

Chattanooga, Tenn. – Erlanger Health System’s Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Center has achieved a three-year accreditation from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

In addition, Chris Sanborn, M.D., Erlanger Medical Director for Bariatric Surgery, has been officially recognized as an MBSAQIP Verified Surgeon for Erlanger Health System.


The accreditation inspector took note of the team’s dedication to patient care and was impressed with the “passion and strong desire for excellence which was obvious throughout the whole day … This bariatric team is trusted by colleagues. Numerous nurses and providers in the health system had their bariatric surgery done at Erlanger.”

Erlanger’s Bariatric Surgery team includes, from left, Candace Jones, PCT; Katie McNair, PSR; Vickie Johnston, LPN, Office Supervisor; Dr. Chris Sanborn, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery; Kathy Freeman, RN, CBN, Bariatric Program Coordinator; Karen Sarnosky, MSN, APRN-BC; and Barbara Payne, MA.

About Erlanger Health System

The Erlanger Health System has five Tennessee-based medical campuses, including the region’s only children’s hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, providing the highest level of trauma care. Erlanger is the nation’s seventh largest public hospital system and has been recognized as “Chattanooga’s number one hospital” by US News & World Report for four consecutive years. Affiliated with the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga, Erlanger is also the region’s only academic teaching center and treats more than 250,000 patients every year. For more information, visit