University Bariatric Center

University Bariatric Center is Tennessee's premier weight loss surgery center in Knoxville, TN.

If you’ve struggled with obesity most of your life…

…you know it is more than just a weight problem. It is a lifestyle problem. It is a self-esteem problem. Above all, it is a major health problem. In fact, clinically severe obesity—at least 100 pounds over ideal body weight—is classified as a serious disease. 

University Bariatric Center at The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, TN, is here to provide a comprehensive approach to the bariatric surgery process, which may be covered by your insurance. Our weight loss surgery options include laparoscopic gastric bypass surgerylaparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LapBand) and laparoscopic gastric sleeve surgery. University Bariatric Center compliments every surgery with pre-surgery counseling, additional nutrition education, after-surgery information, and counseling.

Our multidisciplinary team of providers, made up of surgeons, dietitians, exercise specialists, health educators and administrative staff, will partner with you to provide a weight-loss program that addresses your individual needs and helps you maintain your weight loss.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation, register for a seminar or for more information, call 865.305.WELL (865.305.9355). Sign up for our newsletter or weekly tips!


The University of Tennessee Medical Center is designated as a Blue Distinction Center + for Bariatric Surgery (gastric stapling and gastric banding) by BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc., an independent licensee of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) have met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers + (BDC+) have also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.

The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a designated Center of Excellence Bariatric Center by Cigna based on outcome measures and value.