Surgeons

At Tri-State we are staffed with the region’s four leading bariatric surgeons. Our board certified general surgeons offer you a multi-cultural background as well as a kind and compassionate bed-side manner. Combined, they offer over 60 years of experience in laparoscopic surgery and have performed over 7000 bariatric procedures. Our surgeons will help you decide which procedure will be best for you and supervise your care throughout your weight loss journey.

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Peter Kwon
MD, FACS

Education/Training
Medical School:
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York
Residency: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Board Certified Surgeon
Specialty Areas:
Laparoscopy, Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Peter Kwon is a board certified surgeon specializing in General and Bariatric surgical procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

He has over 25 years of experience in laparoscopic surgery. He has performed over 3,000 laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. Dr. Kwon and his entire team are deeply committed to the long-term success of all individuals seeking weight loss and a healthier, longer life.

Dr. Peter Kwon is the Medical Director of the Surgical Weight Loss Institute at Bon Secours Charity Health System.

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Ramon Rivera
MD, FACS

Education/Training
Medical School:
Upstate Medical University at Syracuse
Residency: Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Laparoscopic Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine at St. Louis

Board Certified Surgeon
Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish
Specialty Areas: Laparoscopy, Bariatric Surgery, and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Dr. Ramon E. Rivera is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He specializes in Bariatric Surgery and Advanced Gastrointestinal surgery. He specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal diseases including esophagus, stomach, biliary tract, colon and weight loss surgery for morbid obesity. He is a published author on the topic of laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery and has presented his results for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). He is an active member of the American college of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Rivera is licensed in New York and New Jersey.

Dr. Rivera has over 15 years of laparoscopic surgery experience and has been performing bariatric surgery for over 10 years. He is the founder and director of RecoverHealth Bariatrics, which recently merged with Tri-State Bariatrics. His primary interests lie in minimally invasive surgery and the study of longterm weight loss success with his entire team at Tristate Bariatrics.

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Wayne Weiss
MD, FACS

Education/Training
Medical School: New York University
Residency: New York University and Bellevue Hospital Centers

Board Certified Surgeon
Specialty Areas: Laparoscopy, Bariatric Surgery, and GI Endoscopy

Dr. Wayne Weiss is a board certified surgeon specializing in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Bariatric Surgery procedures. He is a trauma surgeon for over 25 years with an established record of excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Dr. Weiss has over 20 years of laparoscopic surgery experience. He has been performing bariatric surgery for over 10 years, performing over a thousand bariatric surgeries, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Lapband. Dr. Weiss and his entire team are deeply committed to the long-term success for all individuals seeking weight loss, and a healthier, longer life.

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Jaime Cepeda
MD, FACS

Education/Training
Medical School: University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Internship/Residency: Pitt County Memorial Hospital, NC
Residency: St Vincent’s Hospital, NY

Board Certified Surgeon
Specialty Areas: Laparoscopy, Thoracic, Vascular, Bariatric Surgery
Language(s) Spoken: English, Spanish

Dr. Jaime Cepeda Jr. is a board certified surgeon specializing in General, Bariatric and Vascular surgery procedures. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Dr Cepeda has over 15 years in general and laparoscopic surgery. He has been performing Bariatric surgery since 2008 performing hundreds of bariatric surgeries, including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Lapband.

Dr. Cepeda’s warm personality creates a safe and nurturing environment for his patients, where their needs are always a priority. He continues to attend conferences across the country to further his knowledge in the field of surgery. This commitment provides him the knowledge to continue to care for patients with a broad spectrum of health issues, including but not limited to breast, biliary, colon diseases and peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Cepeda and his entire team are committed to the long-term success of all of his patients seeking weight loss and a healthier life overall.

Dr. Jaime Cepeda is Chief of Surgery at Bon Secours Community Hospital and is licensed in New York and Pennsylvania.


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