Let the Flagler Health+ Surgical Specialists Bariatric team help you overcome
your obstacles. With world-renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Robert T. Marema
serving as medical director, we can help you defeat obesity once and for
all. We can help you determine if surgery is right for you, and which
procedure best suits your specific needs. We will also guide you through
the process of preparing for surgery, recovering from surgery, and reshaping
your everyday routine to include healthier habits. Our nutritional and
exercise programs, spiritual counseling and support groups are all vital
components of your post-operative success. We'll help you make them
part of your new winning lifestyle.
Our comprehensive program includes access to Nutritionists, Exercise Physiologists,
Psychologists, GI Specialists, Pulmonologists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists,
Plastic Surgeons plus spiritual and emotional support groups.
Robert Marema, MD, FACS
Dr. Marema is one of the most respected surgeons in bariatric medicine.
His practice has performed over 7,000 bariatric procedures and is nationally
recognized as a leader in treating obesity. Currently, Dr. Marema serves
as the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Flagler Hospital. Not only has
Dr. Marema transformed thousands of lives through bariatric surgery…he
is a successful bariatric patient as well.
As a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Marema has changed the lives of thousands of
formerly obese individuals, and, as an innovator and pioneer, he has helped
in the development of new medical devices and the refinement of several
bariatric procedures. The bariatric program created by Dr. Marema at U.S.
Bariatric is considered by many to be one of the best in the world.
As a lecturer, moderator, and instructor, Dr. Robert Marema has been instrumental
in the training of hundreds of bariatric surgeons. He has facilitated
numerous courses and programs presented by the American Society for Bariatric
Surgery (ASBS), Cleveland Clinic, Ethicon Endo-Surgery (a Johnson &
Johnson company), the European Surgical Institute (ESI), The Association
of Latin American Endoscopic Surgeons (ALACE), and USBMI, among others.
Whitney Marema, APRN
Whitney Marema, APRN is a family nurse practitioner who practices in the
specialty of bariatric medicine. She has been a bariatric nurse for 21
years, achieving the first-ever certification for bariatric nurses. Since
becoming a nurse practitioner in 2018, she remained in this specialty
field, which is her passion. She believes in treating the "whole
person" in her approach to wellness and health, understanding that
the physical aspect is only one piece of the puzzle. In addition to counseling
patients before and after weight loss surgery, she is involved with non-surgical
weightloss and has trained other health professionals and bariatric programs
in the field of obesity and its management.
Lisa Easterling, RN, BSN, CBN
Lisa Easterling serves as the Bariatric Program Coordinator for the Flagler
Hospital Bariatric Surgery Center. In this capacity, Lisa helps navigate
patients through this transformational journey and collaborates with surgeons,
nursing leadership, counselors, dieticians and concierge staff, to ensure
every patient's unique needs are met. She also plays a key role in
ensuring Flagler Hospital's multi-faceted Center of Excellence designated
program remains among the top in the nation for quality and service. Lisa
is a bachelor's prepared registered nurse from Jacksonville University
and has served in various capacities at Flagler Hospital for 17 years.
She is a bariatric certified nurse who has cared for patients in the Medical/Surgical
floors, ICCU, Outpatient Surgery and the Emergency Care Center. She also
has spent time in Nursing Informatics and served as a Nursing Educator.
The multidisciplinary team includes nurses, mental health counselors, insurance
specialists, dietitians and an exercise physiologist, all working together
to achieve the best possible outcomes and experience for our patients.