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Meet Our Weight Management and Bariatric Center Team


Weight Management & Bariatric Program OVerview
Dr. Villarreal:
Bariatric Surgeon

You have come to the right place for weight loss surgery. The Weight Management and Bariatric Center at Lawrence General Hospital is a comprehensive weight loss program that offers patients options, education and support in your journey to achieve weight loss success. Our team works hard to make sure all your questions and concerns are addressed and your individual needs are met.

Weight loss is a process of adopting a new way of living. The surgery is one milestone along that path. Our team begins supporting your transition long before surgery, and continues to guide and support you long after the surgery is done as you adjust to your new healthier lifestyle. 

Our team of specially trained surgeons provide the full range of state-of-the-art open and laparoscopic surgical procedures and treatments in a safe and comfortable environment.  

Our Surgeons


Dr. Victor Villarreal

Victor Villarreal, MD, FACS, FABS

Dr. Villarreal trained at Harvard Medical School and has been serving bariatric patients at Lawrence General since the program’s inception.  Dr. Villarreal took an early leadership role in developing the program, and is its co-director. He is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Surgery.


Dr. Roy Shen

Roy Shen, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Shen trained at Jefferson Medical College  in Philadelphia, and New York University Hospital before coming to Massachusetts in 2003.  He  has extensive  experience in laparoscopic bariatric procedures, providing training to other surgeons. Dr. Shen is a fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Shen joins the team as the second co-director.

Dr. Rebecca Shore

Rebecca Shore, MD, FACS

Dr. Shore  trained at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and Tufts Medical Center, earning a fellowship in  Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery. She has extensive experience  with bariatrics , over 12 years in practice. Dr. Shore is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Our Bariatric Team Members

Each member of the team is intimately involved with every patient’s treatment plan, and provides expert care in the special issues of weight loss surgery. Members of this team include:

  • Diabetes Management & Endocrinology (CDE)
  • Nutritionist
  • Exercise Therapist
  • Medical Assistant/LPN
  • Case Manager

Additional clinical members of the team may include specialists from the following departments, depending on each patient’s case, treatment plan or follow up care:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Laboratory Services
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Endoscopy
  • Sleep Center
  • Anesthesiology
  • Nursing
  • Radiology
  • Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy
  • Health Education
For more information, call 978-946-8450 or e-mail at weightmanagement@lawrencegeneral.org
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