Realize Band Forum Contributors

Trace W. Curry, M.D.
Medical Director, Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgeon

Dr. Curry is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive weight loss surgery. He is a Cincinnati native and trained at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is the director of bariatric surgery at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati and has performed well over 1300 laparoscopic gastric bands, 700 laparoscopic bypasses, and 75 sleeve gastrectomies, making him one of the most experienced laparoscopic band and laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeons in the region. In fact, he completes 99.9% of his procedures laparoscopically.

Dr. Curry has done more Lap Bands and Realize Bands than any other bariatric surgeon in Ohio, and he is the only Lap Band faculty surgeon in the region who has been chosen by Inamed/Allergan (the manufacturer of the Lap Band) as well as Ethicon Endo-Surgery (the manufacturer of the Realize Band) to be a proctor to teach other surgeons to do the procedure.  He is also a sleeve gastrectomy proctor for W.L. Gore.

Dr. Curry is also well-known for his accessibility, and he frequently has patients from all over the country contacting him for advice and guidance. He even spends time on the message board helping patients. He makes himself freely available by email so if you have any questions just write to him at [email protected]!

Dr. Curry's practice is certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.

Please visit Dr. Curry website at

Tracy Burch
Office Manager/Insurance Coordinator

Tracy is the office manager for Dr. Curry and also leads insurance team. She has handled over 2,500 cases and knows how to get people approved quickly and efficiently!

Rebecca Erdman, RD/LD, MSN
Registered, Licensed Dietitian

Rebecca is a registered dietitian who has a Master's Degree from Tuft's University and has the personal accomplishment of having lost 160 lbs through hard work, diet, and exercise. She counsels patients before and after surgery.

Marcy Huff
Patient Coordinator

Marcy is a patient of Dr. Curry's and now serve as patient coordinators for JourneyLite of Cincinnati.

Lisa Gergen, CNP/CBN
Director of Clinical Operations, Clinical Nurse Practitioner/Certfied Bariatric Nurse

Lisa is an advanced registered nurse practitioner and has extensive experience in managing surgical weight loss patients. She is certified by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and is one of the few program coordinators in the country that actually scrubs in and assists at surgery. She has been part of a team that has completed over a thousand cases together. She is on the consulting faculty for Ethicon Endo-Surgery and has been a member of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 2003


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