Bariatric Surgeons & Team

Achieve the best possible results from weight-loss surgery when you partner with Rex Bariatric Specialists’ expert team—a more complete, well-rounded group than you’ll find at many bariatric surgery centers. Lean on our fellowship-trained weight-loss surgeons, caring health educators, registered dietitians and other professionals. They’ll provide guidance and support that help you succeed.

Weight-Loss Surgeons Near You

Look forward to working with a board-certified bariatric surgeon who’s performed hundreds of surgical procedures for weight-loss. Our Wake County doctors have pioneered advanced treatments and taught them to other weight-loss surgeons. That means you can trust our expertise.

Peter C. Ng, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

Dr. Ng, a Raleigh native, is an expert in minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery and teacher of single-incision and hidden-scar laparoscopic techniques. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Ng feels fortunate to help you improve your health and change your life through weight-loss surgery.

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Lindsey S. Sharp, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

Dr. Sharp, a Virginia native, is the medical director of bariatric surgery services at Rex Healthcare. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and a fellow with the American College of Surgeons. He also belongs to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Sharp focuses not only on the weight you lose, but also on the health benefits, confidence and active lifestyle you can gain through bariatric surgery.

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Dustin M. Bermudez, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

Dr. Bermudez, a native of Massachusetts, is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and fellow with the American College of Surgeons. He belongs to the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He has published papers and presented at national meetings about wound healing and weight-loss surgery. Dr. Bermudez looks forward to caring for you long after surgery and seeing you achieve your goals.

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Angela Lipscomb – Hudson, M.D. Medical Weight Loss Physician

Dr. Hudson, a Columbus, OH native, is a medical weight loss physician for UNC REX Health Care. She is board certified in both Obesity Medicine and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She graduated from the Howard University BS/MD Accelerated 6-year Combined Degree program in 2007, and then completed her residency at Northwestern University Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which is now called the Ability Lab. Dr. Hudson has a passion for obesity management, lifestyle medicine, and health coaching, and she loves helping and motivating patients to achieve their goals through optimizing their health and well-being.

 

Clinton S. Bolton III, Ph.D., LPC, LPC-S, NCC

Dr. Bolton received his Bachelor’s at The University of Florida before completing his Master’s Degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then pursued his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University. He has provided mental health services to bariatric patients since 2007 and has been active with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in training other mental health professionals on best practices in behavioral health with bariatric patients. Dr. Bolton has a passion for empowering patients and working with them throughout the weight loss journey.

 

Weight-Loss Surgery Care Team

Meet other caregivers at Rex Bariatric Specialists who help patients like you achieve their weight-loss goals.

Tricia Burns, P.A.-C. Physician Assistant


Joining the practice in 2013 Tricia is now the Advanced Practice Provider team lead for NC surgery. She is originally from Upstate New York and moved to Raleigh with her family in 2007. She completed the Physician Assistant Graduate Program with a surgical focus at Cornell University Weill Medical College in New York City. A seasoned provider Tricia is happiest in the operating room, in addition to bariatric surgery she has experience in plastic surgery as well as neurosurgery. She spends her time outside of work, biking, hiking and training for Rex Sprint Triathlons.

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Erica Mckearney, P.A.-C. Physician Assistant

Erica Mckearney, PA-C


Erica an Oregon native, earned her undergraduate degree from Oregon State University. She earned a masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Methodist University in 2011. She worked as a Physician Assistant in urgent care and family practice for five years before joining Rex Bariatric Specialists in 2016. She enjoys reading, hiking, walking her dog, and spending time with her friends and family.

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Afton Carducci, M.M.S., P.A.-C. Physician Assistant

Afton received her Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed additional surgery specific training at the WakeMed Surgical Physician Assistant Residency Program in trauma, gastrointestinal surgery, intensive care and orthopaedics. After residency she worked in a surgical practice focused on colorectal and general surgery prior to joining Rex Bariatric Specialists in 2018.

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Lauren Scurry, P.A.-C. Physician Assistant

Lauren received her undergraduate degree from East Carolina University before completing additional studies in biomedical science at the University of North Florida Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program. She earned her Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree in Physician Assistant Studies with a specialized focus in surgical medicine at High Point University in 2019. Prior to joining Rex Bariatric Specialists, Lauren completed her clinical training in orthopedic trauma, cardiothoracic, general and bariatric surgery.

 

Michelle Wallace, B.S.N., R.N. Bariatric Coordinator

Michelle is a North Carolina native and has a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She has experience in Emergency Medicine, Gastroenterology and Cardiology before joining Rex Bariatrics in June 2019. Michelle enjoys working with patients from their initial consultation, through surgery, and beyond to ensure the resources and support are provided to patients for weight loss success. She enjoys running, coaching and spending time with her family and friends.

 

Laura Turik, R.N., C.B.N. Bariatric Navigator

Laura Turik

Laura has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with experience in both the clinic setting as well as the operating room. She joined Rex Bariatrics over 3 years ago and is passionate about providing patients the education, support, and resources they need to succeed in their journey to a healthy lifestyle. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and travel.

Mary Gray Hutchison, M.P.H., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition Services

Mary is a graduate of NC State University with an advanced degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been providing nutrition therapy and education in the Raleigh area since 2008. She has been working with weight loss surgery patients for most of her career. She has a passion for facilitating group classes, grocery store tours and cooking demonstrations.

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Margaret Bova, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition Services

Margaret Roberts, MS, RD, LDN

Margaret received her master of science in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. She has provided nutrition counseling within a variety of environments, including a weight loss surgery practice, cardiac rehabilitation, and a dialysis clinic. She enjoys seeing the positive ways that nutrition can impact a person’s life. She moved to Raleigh with her husband, cat, and English bulldog to escape the cold Pittsburgh winters.

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Amanda Hopkins, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition Services

Amanda Hopkins

Amanda is a Penn State graduate and received a Master of Science in Nutrition from Meredith College. She has experience working with patients in the clinical setting and interned with Rex Bariatrics in 2015 while obtaining her master’s degree. She is passionate about helping patients make nutritional and behavioral changes to improve their overall health. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys yoga and experimenting in the kitchen.

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Kristen Kistler, M.S., R.D., L.D.N. Nutrition Services

Laura Turik

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition Science from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition Science from Texas Tech University. She has been providing nutrition counseling and practice medical nutrition therapy to patients with a variety of health conditions since 2007. She believes that nourishing your body with whole foods is the first step to living a healthier and happier life. She is passionate about educating and empowering patients to improve their overall health through making sound nutrition decisions. She enjoys running, cooking, exploring farmers’ markets, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family and rescue pup, Hudsy.

Liz Langston, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.D.C.E.S

Liz Langston

Liz graduated with her bachelors and masters of nutrition from East Carolina University. Since 2004, she has been providing medical nutrition therapy, in a variety of settings, across NC, specializing in diabetes care and education. Liz has a passion for helping patients build confidence as they develop healthy habits. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband to see The Avett Brothers, entertaining friends and family, and chasing her daughter and dog.