Multidisciplinary Team Approach with Individualized Support and Care
At Bayhealth, we recognize that optimal outcomes from weight loss surgery rely on support not just during surgery, but before and after a surgical procedure. Patients are more likely to be successful with long term weight loss efforts when they receive one-on-one attention. This type of unparalleled support follows patients from the very start of their journey through surgery and beyond.
Thomas P. Barnett, MD, FACS, graduated from Princeton University and obtained his medical degree from George Washington University. Dr. Barnett completed his surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University affiliate Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Air Force at Dover Air Force Base (DAFB) where he started the Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive & Ambulatory Surgery programs and was chief of surgery at DAFB Hospital for two consecutive years. Since he was honorably discharged, Dr. Barnett has continued to practice surgery in Dover, Delaware, and he founded his private practice, Surgical Associates, P.A., in 1999. Dr. Barnett is board certified in surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Medical Society of Delaware.
Nicole A. Fisher, PA-C, has been working at Surgical Associates, P.A. for more than 15 years. She graduated with honors from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in pre-med and biology and completed her master’s degree as a physician assistant at the Rutgers-UMDNJ program in New Jersey. Fisher is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Delaware Association of Physician Assistants.
Patty Deer, MSM, BSN, RN, CNOR, CBN, is the coordinator of Bayhealth’s surgical weight loss program. Deer has been helping patients navigate the surgical weight loss process for more than five years. Before joining the surgical weight loss team, she worked as a circulating registered nurse in Bayhealth’s Operating Room. Deer holds a Baccalaureate degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Sacred Heart University, a BSN from Salisbury University and an MSM from Wilmington University. She’s a certified registered operating room nurse as well as a certified bariatric nurse. Deer is also an associate member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN).
Alice Miller, RD, LDN, is the registered dietitian for Bayhealth's Bariatric Program. Miller had an interest in health and nutrition from a young age, and her desire to help people lead healthier lives motivated her to obtain a degree in dietetics. Miller completed her BS in dietetics and her dietetic internship through the University of Delaware. She joined Bayhealth as a clinical dietitian in early 2019.