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Referring Physicians

If you’re a physician who has patients with obesity-related conditions, our weight-loss treatment may be right for them. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, our highly skilled surgeon, physicians and staff offer surgical and nonsurgical options to help your patients lose weight and keep it off through medical treatment and healthy lifestyle modifications.

Request a Call from the Bariatric Program Coordinator

To refer patients to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital for bariatric surgery, please download, print and complete the Washington University Bariatric Surgery Referral Form. Our program coordinator will respond to you during normal business hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital: Why Refer a Patient?

Physicians and surgeons throughout the St. Louis area regularly refer their patients to us, especially those with complex cases. They trust us for a number of reasons:

  • Experts in bariatric surgery since 1997: Our surgeon has extensive experience in bariatric surgery, helping patients meet their weight-loss goals since 1997. Learn more about our bariatric surgery options.
  • Latest, most advanced nonsurgical treatment for weight loss: Our program is the first in the St. Louis area and one of only a few sites in the U.S. offering two newly approved intragastric balloon devices. Learn more about our expertise in nonsurgical procedures for weight loss.
  • Comprehensive, coordinated care: Our care team works together throughout the entire weight-loss program on behalf of your patient, with staff from several disciplines, including a surgeon, physicians, psychologists, registered dietitians, a behavior counselor and exercise specialists. We also work with you to manage care for your patient’s other medical conditions, in a coordinated approach to overall wellness.
  • Excellent patient outcomes: Our bariatric surgeon has the experience and volume for top outcomes, with more than 3,000 bariatric surgeries since 1997 (currently 400 per year), almost all laparoscopic.
  • Nationally recognized expertise: Our surgeon comes from Washington University, which stands at the forefront of bariatric research and surgical advances. He helped Barnes-Jewish Hospital, our partner, earn a Center of Excellence from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for meeting or exceeding national standards. Your patients benefit from that same expertise. 
  • All services on one campus: Most patients receive all their weight-loss services and care in one place. Our comfortable setting is conveniently located in Creve Coeur, with free parking and easy access.

Surgical Options for Weight-Loss Treatment

Many of our referring physicians have patients who have struggled for years with obesity and related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. At Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, we have helped hundreds of these patients regain their health and their active lives through weight-loss treatment.

A Washington University bariatric surgeon, Christopher Eagon, MD, leads our comprehensive program, which includes a full complement of services to support your patients with their weight-loss efforts. We offer:

Read about our complete bariatric surgery program and services at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital.

Nonsurgical Treatment for Weight Loss

Intragastric balloon devices are a newly approved treatment for weight loss that avoids surgery. The devices consist of one or two balloons and are inserted endoscopically into the patient’s stomach. The device is the first step in our 12-month program for intensive lifestyle modification that includes:

Washington University physicians at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital bring the expertise gained by participating in clinical trials for the dual-balloon device. Find out more about our nonsurgical procedures for weight loss and how it can help patients who may not be candidates for bariatric surgery.

Our physicians offer extensive experience helping people achieve their weight-loss goals without surgery. In addition to the intragastric balloon devices, our other nonsurgical weight-loss options include:

  • Medications
  • Endoscopic revisions of previous gastric bypass procedures

Send Patients to an Information Session

Before pursuing any procedure, interested patients must attend one of our information sessions where a Washington University physician will discuss the options.

Contact Us: The Doctors’ Access Line

Please call 800.252.DOCS (3627) to connect with a Washington University specialist at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. This toll-free number is reserved exclusively for physicians and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Map and Directions to Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 in Creve Coeur, Missouri — a west county suburb of St. Louis. Our Bariatrics program has two locations on campus:

  • The Washington University Bariatric Endoscopic Therapy office is located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 100. The address is 1020 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Executive Parkway. 
  • The Washington University Bariatric Surgery office is located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 120. The address is 1040 North Mason Road, at the corner of North Mason and Olive Boulevard.

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