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Sacred Heart Press Release


Sacred Heart Welcomes New Bariatric and General Surgeon


January 30, 2013

Abby Barlok

Publications Specialist



Sacred Heart HealthCare System Welcomes New Bariatric and General Surgeon

Sacred Heart HealthCare System is proud to welcome bariatric and general surgeon, Venkata Kanthimathinathan, M.D. 'Dr. Venkat' to Sacred Heart Hospital’s Center for Bariatric and General Surgery. Dr. Venkat joins bariatric and general surgeon Clarence Holland, M.D. and will specialize in general surgery as well as adjustable gastric banding surgery, sleeve gastrectomy and gastric bypass surgery. 

Dr. Venkat received his medical degree from JSS Medical College, Mysore, India.  He completed his general surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California and a Minimally Invasive/Bariatric surgery fellowship at University of Missouri Health Care, Columbia, Missouri. 

Dr. Venkat performs advanced laparoscopic surgeries including appendix, gall bladder, bowel resection, colon (all types of colectomies) and acid reflux surgery – Nissen, Toupet and Dor fundoplication.  He is skilled in laparoscopic hernia repairs including hiatal, inguinal, ventral, incisional, paraesophageal, and suprapubic.  He is fellowship trained in minimally invasive Bariatric surgery including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, gastric banding and revisional Bariatric surgery. 

The Center for Bariatric and General Surgery is located at Sacred Heart Hospital, 325 N. 5th Street in Allentown. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information about the Center, please call 610-776-4928.

We are excited that Dr. Venkat is joining the Sacred Heart Team.


Sacred Heart Hospital is a 215-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health.services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sacred Heart Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.

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