169 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905
Phone: 607-352-3550

At Lourdes, your safety is our first concern. We believe a team of specialty trained healthcare providers can provide you with the most comprehensive care both before and after your surgery. It is the mission of our staff to help you safely meet your weight loss goals.

Your weight loss surgery team includes:


The surgeon is the doctor who will perform your weight loss surgery. He is responsible for your surgical care before surgery, during your hospital stay, and after your surgery.

Our Surgical Team

Ratna Pallapothu, MD

Ratna Pallapothu, MD
Telephone: 607-352-3550

Yagnik  K. Pandya, MD

Yagnik K. Pandya, MD
Telephone: 607-352-3550


  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy  

Bariatric Nurse Navigator

The Bariatric Nurse Navigator is in charge of the entire program and works in an oversight capacity to keep the program successful. The team coordinator is your point of contact for medical related issues both preoperatively and postoperatively.

Physician Assistant

Physician assistants are licensed professionals who works closely with the entire weight loss surgery team. Physician assistants are employed by Lourdes and are equipped to address any medial issues that arise. The surgeon and physician assistants work together, reviewing all treatment plans and medication management for each patient.


Bariatric nutritionists work closely with the team and each patient to help manage the diet and eating behaviors before and after weight loss surgery. Each patient is required to meet with our specially trained nutritionist before and after surgery. Patients are encouraged to contact their nutritionists at anytime with questions.

Psychiatrist/Psychologist/Social Worker

Patients are required to meet with a weight loss surgery experienced psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker prior to their weight loss surgery. Along with the team, the psychiatrist/psychologist/social worker carefully screens patients to ensure appropriateness for weight loss surgery. Our program also has professionals available after surgery to assist with any patient needs.

Medicine and Subspecialties

Our team of specialists works closely with the weight loss surgery team both before and after your surgery. These doctors will perform any necessary preoperative medical assessments, as well as partner with the surgeon in the management of your postoperative care.

Joint Commission Gold Seal

Lourdes has been awarded the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval

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Lourdes has received
Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence

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Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer

New York State Desginated Stroke Center

Lourdes is a New York State Designated Stroke Center

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery

One of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement