Virtual seminar details surgical weight loss health benefits

Dr. Michael Nizzi

Dr. Michael Nizzi

Courtesy photo/Munson Healthcare

Northern Michigan residents considering bariatric surgery can attend a free virtual informational seminar 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 14.

Michael Nizzi, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., medical director of Munson Medical Center’s Bariatric Program, will discuss surgical benefits and explain how patients may qualify. Nizzi and Bariatric Nurse Practitioner Wendy Whitfield, F.N.P., B.C., will also address the ways a lifestyle change including bariatric surgery can reduce or eliminate heart disease, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and other obesity symptoms.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of unnecessary death in the United States and one of the main co-morbidities that can lead to severe COVID-19, according to a news release.

“While bariatric procedures are not for everyone, surgical weight loss is dramatically improving the lives of people who commit to life-long changes in diet and exercise,” reads the news release.

There is no charge to attend the meeting. However, registration is required. Register online at The URL link to access the virtual meeting will be provided to registrants via email in advance of the seminar date.

A bariatric surgery and aftercare support group meeting will take place on from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on March 21. This virtual meeting is open to those patients who have attended a Munson Healthcare virtual educational seminar. More details are available at

By Percy