About Us

​Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Farida Bounoua provides a program that achieves great long-term outcome for patients. We believe strongly in comprehensive preoperative education and ongoing postoperative support in order to maximize patients' long-term success. 
To help insure that success, we have created a patient process to guide our patients before, during, and after their surgery. Each patient will receive a handbook that offers a comprehensive overview of bariatric surgery and provides resource information and guidance regarding related nutrition, exercise, and support groups. We are confident that our handbook will provide answers to many of your questions throughout the weight-loss process. 

Weight loss surgery should never be viewed as a cure, but as a “tool” towards achieving long term weight loss. That is why our commitment to you is to provide the proper education, training, and support necessary to optimize the use of this tool.
General Surgery 

Minimally Invasive Surgery & Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS)

Minimally Invasive Surgery (Laparoscopic Surgery) is done through small incisions using specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors. Surgeons in many specialties perform surgery through an incision that requires only a stitch or two to close.

Dr. Bounoua offers the Single Incision Scarless Surgery (SILS). For more information call the office.

For patients, Minimally Invasive Surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller surgical scars and less need for pain medication. Patients leave the hospital sooner after Minimally Invasive Surgery and return to normal activities sooner than with conventional open surgery.

Our Team

  1. Cynthia Hancock-Manager/Surg. Coordinator
    Cynthia is the Office Manager and Bariatric Coordinator for Dr. Farida Bounoua. She has extensive experience working with patients and providing caring support while taking you through the process of weight loss surgery. She is fluent in Spanish. She listens carefully and responds to your individual needs and your unique situation.
  2. Dr. Farida Bounoua
    Dr. Bounoua received her medical degree from the University of Algiers and obtained her medical license in Paris, France. She completed a Masters Degree in Immunoallergology at the University Lariboisiere-Paris VI, France. After the completion of an emergency residency at the University of Rene Descartes, Paris V, France, she worked as a junior faculty member in France then moved to the United States of America in 2000. Dr. Bounoua worked for two years in the research of diabetes and hypertension and published several papers. In 2001 she was awarded the Merck Angiotensin Young Investigators Award for her outstanding contribution on diabetes research. She is fluent in French and Arabic.
  3. Dr. Elizabeth Plummer - Clinical Psychologist
    Dr. Elizabeth Plummer is here to help patients come to the decision and their rationale for having bariatric surgery. Given the seriousness of this choice, it is critical that patients are seeking surgery for the appropriate reasons and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved. Most patients describe a desire to lose weight to improve current medical problems, enhance mobility and energy, and promote health and longevity.
  4. Melody Nuno - Administrative Assistant
    Melody is committed to guiding patients through the process of coordinating their appointments, gaining insurance approval for surgery, as well as continuing patient education, and support before and after surgery. Melody works closely with Cynthia Hancock and Dr. Farida Bounoua to ensure the best patient care possible. Melody is also fluent in Spanish.
  5. Jeannee Diaz - R.D., C.D.E.,C.S.O.W.M
    Jeannee has been with Dr. Bounoua since 2011 and works closely with the patient in office and at the hospital after surgery. Jeannee leads and organizes all the support groups and nutrition classes throughout the year. She is a essential tool in the patients plan of care. To contact Jeannee you can email her at j5diaz@sbch.org
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