Our Weight-loss Surgery Team

Our Team

Ben-Meir, MD

Aviv Ben-Meir, MD, FACS
SURGEON
Dr. Ben-Meir earned his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and his advanced laparoscopy and bariatric surgery training at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Ben-Meir is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons and the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. He is board certified in General Surgery, and has performed approximately 4,000 laparoscopic bariatric procedures. Surgeries include: open and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass; laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy; laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, including Allergan Lap Band and Realize Band; and revisional surgery. He has been performing bariatric surgery in Northeastern Ohio since 2002 and has had patients travel from all over the country for his expertise.





Courtney Holbrook, PhD
PROGRAM MANAGER
Courtney has eight years of experience as a bariatric program psychologist and three years as a program manager. It is her job to ensure the office runs smoothly and that your needs are met in a timely and pleasant manner. She also conducts pre- and post-operative education and support groups.





Dian Nutter, PA-C
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT
Dian meets with patients pre-operatively to educate them about all aspects of their surgery, hospital stay and home-going diet. She also sees them prior to discharge from the hospital following surgery and at the 2, 4 and 6- week post-operative visits.





Cindy Pund, LPN
PATIENT COORDINATOR
Cindy works with pre-operative patients ensuring that they meet the bariatric surgery requirements necessary for insurance approval. She also helps coordinate referrals and medical clearances to ensure all patients have a safe operation. Cindy is an LPN who has both a strong medical background and good understanding of the insurance process.





Alexis Supan, MPH, RD
PROGRAM DIETITIAN
Alexis has previous experience working with bariatric surgery patients. She will meet with patients for their pre-operative nutrition education and post-operative dietary instruction, as well as conduct pre- and post-operative education and support groups. Alexis enjoys cooking and experimenting with new foods and recipes.





Hilary Hassinger, PhD
PROGRAM PSYCHOLOGIST
Hilary has worked with pre- and post-operative bariatric patients for 12 years in both private practice and as a bariatric program psychologist. She conducts pre-operative psychological evaluations, and in her current role as Program Psychologist, acts as a liaison between community based psychologists and pre-operative patients, and will lead pre- and post-operative groups.





Mihaela Donca, MD
INTERNIST
Dr. Donca earned her medical degree from Cluj Napoca Medical University in Romania and completed her residency in internal medicine at Huron Hospital. She is board certified. Dr. Donca will meet with patients in the Bariatric Surgery Center 3-4 times prior to having their surgery. She will also be in the hospital during and after surgery to consult with Dr. Ben-Meir and answer any questions the patient or family may have.