Our Bariatric Team
Terry W. Pinson, M.D., serves as Medical Director of the Bariatric Center. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and his medical degree from University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1990.
Dr. Pinson completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala., in 1995. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of Southeastern Surgical Congress and a Fellow of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons.
Will Cauthen, M.D., earned a bachelor’s degree in biological science from Mississippi State University in Starkville. He completed his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, and his general surgery residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Vivian Rogers, DNP, NP-C, CBN, a resident of Tupelo, is a nurse practitioner who serves as Bariatric Program Director. She graduated from West Point High School in 1987. She joined the NMMC staff in 1997 as a certified nursing assistant with Home Health, and later worked as an admission clerk. In 1999 she completed training as a surgery technician and worked in that role until 2002 when she earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Itawamba Community College. She started her nursing career as a circulating nurse in surgery at NMMC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2008 from the University of North Alabama at Florence, and her master’s degree in nursing with honors from South University in Savannah, Ga. In 2014 she completed the doctoral program in nursing at the University of South Alabama in Mobile.
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Hollie Waldron RN, MSN, CBN joined our program in 2007 as a Registered Nurse where she worked on the bariatric post-operative unit until assuming the coordinator role in 2016. As your Bariatric Program Coordinator, she is responsible for overseeing the multidisciplinary team and for making sure you receive world-class care throughout your bariatric surgery experience. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Bevill State Community College in 2006. In 2014 she completed her undergraduate studies at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and her graduate studies in 2017 at the University of North Alabama in Florence. She has attained certification as a bariatric nurse through the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Ginger Mark, R.D., L.D., CDE is a 1996 graduate of Mississippi State University and holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. She then went on to complete a dietetic internship/graduate studies program from the School of Human Science in 1999 from MSU. She started her career as a clinical dietitian in 1999 at NMMC and the Diabetes Treatment Center, where she became a Certified Diabetes Educator in 2002. She then went on to spend 14 years as a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator working with dialysis patients. Ginger joined the NMMC Bariatric Center as the Registered, Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator in October 2016. She loves being able to share her passion for nutrition and exercise and encouraging others to live a healthy lifestyle.
Before and during your Bariatric Center stay, you will meet a number of nurses who perform different jobs. Some nurses will see you in the clinic; others work in pre-admission testing, some attend to your daily health care needs in the hospital and others assist surgeons in the operating room. Nurses are among the most visible health care professionals in the hospital.
Your anesthesiologist or anesthesia team member administers anesthesia during your surgery, monitors your vital signs during and after your surgery, and oversees pain control while you are in the recovery room.
Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Your primary care physician, or family practitioner, takes care of your general health. A recommendation from a PCP will be required for your initial visit at our clinic.
Bariatric Clinic and Bariatric Center Staff
These include the Bariatric Nurse Manager, Bariatric Clinic Office Administrator, Financial Specialist, Medical Assistant/Receptionist and Data Analyst.
Your physical therapist is trained to assist you in regaining strength and coordinating your walking efforts during your hospitalization. A physical therapist may work with you during your hospital stay.
Your exercise physiologist is trained to assist you in performing exercise activities once you are released by the bariatric surgeon to begin your exercise regime after surgery. An EP will also perform your pre-surgery exercise assessment.
NMMC's chaplains are trained to meet your spiritual needs and those of your family, regardless of religious denomination.
Your case manager is in charge of coordinating your hospital discharge.