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AGH cuts ribbon on new surgical office in Barrett building

(Jan. 19, 2017) Atlantic General Hospital and Health System recently held an open house at the new location for its Surgical Associates and Bariatric Center offices in the James G. Barrett Medical Office Building in Berlin.
Atlantic General Surgical Associates and the Atlantic General Bariatric Center provide advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures performed by board certified doctors including bariatric, oncology and vascular surgeries.
The bariatric center is led by Alae Zarif, MD, who performs gastric bypass and gastric sleeve procedures for Atlantic General Bariatric Center and general surgeries. Zarif is certified by the American Board of Surgery and performs multiple advanced laparoscopic procedures.
Xin Zhong, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates and the staff of Atlantic General Bariatric Center from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, where she completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship in robotic and bariatric procedures.
She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and specializes in advanced laparoscopic procedures, hiatal hernias, complex abdominal wall hernias and bariatrics.
Meshach Heenatigala, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates from York Hospital in York, Pennsylvania, where he completed a rural track surgical residency.
Heenatigala is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Phlebology and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
He specializes in surgical procedures involving the head and neck, thoracic, breast, skin/melanoma, abdominal, colorectal, endoscopy, vascular/veins, carpal tunnel anal incontinence.
Angela Simmons, CBN, CRNP is a seasoned nurse of 15 years. She is credentialed as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a certified bariatric nurse.
Simmons has worked with surgical patients for the past six years and serves as the program coordinator for Atlantic General Bariatric Center.
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Information about Atlantic General Bariatric Center can be found at
AGH has been providing quality health care to residents of  Maryland and Delaware since May 1993.
Built by the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, the hospital’s state-of-the-art facility in Berlin combines old-fashioned personal attention with the latest in technology and services.
It provides quality specialty care such as weight loss surgery, orthopedics, outpatient infusion and chemotherapy for individuals with cancer or blood/autoimmune disorders, and a comprehensive women’s diagnostic center.