Our dedicated team delivers excellent clinical care with sensitivity, professionalism and concern for your comfort. Below, you can learn more about our team and how we work together with our patients to help them succeed.
Medical Director, ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center
For 30 years, Patrick White, MD, FACS, has been one of this region’s most respected surgeons. As a clinician and professor, Dr. White has earned the admiration of his peers and trust of his patients. He has served on many medical staff positions at Toledo Hospital including Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Deputy Chief of Surgery and Chairman of the Surgery Quality Care Committee. Over the past seven years, he has performed gastric bypasses on more than 1,000 patients.
Associate Medical Director, ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center
Jose Parodi, MD, is a board-certified surgeon performing laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastrectomy sleeve surgeries at ProMedica Toledo Hospital. He has 14 years of experience performing minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgeries. He completed his residency and internship in general surgery at Medical College of Ohio Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. He received his medical degree from University of Republic of Uruguay Medical School, Montevideo, Uruguay.
Keith Ferris, PA-C
Keith is a certified physician assistant with over 14 years of experience in general and bariatric surgery. He has been with the ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center since 1999, and joined ProMedica Physicians in 2012.
Joanna Niemann, PA-C
Joanna is a certified physician assistant with close to 15 years of experience in general and bariatric surgery. She has been with ProMedica since 1998, and joined ProMedica Physicians in 2012.
Cathy Uram, RN, CBN
Cathy Uram is a registered nurse with over 25 years of experience. She has spent the last 16 of those years specializing in surgical weight loss. As a Certified Bariatric Nurse (CBN), she qualifies as an expert in all aspects of bariatric nursing, and is recognized for her abilities to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards possible for this profession.
Cathy was instrumental in the development of the program, and its achieving and maintaining its comprehensive accreditation with the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).
She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a member and advocate of the Obesity Action Coalition, and a member of the ProMedica Obesity Strategy Committee.
Kelly Galenski, RN, ADN
After four years as a medical-surgical nurse for weight loss surgery at ProMedica Toledo Hospital, Kelly now provides care, education and support services to patients at the ProMedica Toledo Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Center. She is a graduate of the nursing program at Owens Community College, and also holds a degree in Communications from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Our highly trained registered dietitians provide critical education and guidance to patients both before and after surgery. By using clinically proven methods combined with valuable “real world” advice and expertise, our dietitians will help you integrate new, more effective eating habits into your life.
ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s surgical staff provides expert assistance to the surgeon during bariatric procedures. The physician assistants and surgical nurses who support the bariatric program have specialized knowledge of the unique needs of bariatric patients. As a bariatric surgery patient, you will be in good hands.
Hospital Nursing Staff
Following surgery, patients recover on Level 7 of the ProMedica Toledo Hospital’s Renaissance Tower. During this inpatient recovery period, a team of certified bariatric nurses will care for you. Specially trained and credentialed in bariatrics, our inpatient nurses are an integral part of our team and will help you through your recovery from surgery.