Trace W. Curry, M.D.

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Before Lap Band:

Dr. Curry - gastric bypass surgeon Ohio






After Lap Band:

Our team is second-to-none in both quality and experience, and these are just a few of the members of the experienced team that will be helping you each step of the way.  We now have 20 people on our staff, most of them are not only compassionate professionals but also patients of Dr. Curry!

Trace W. Curry, M.D.
Medical Director, The Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgeon

Dr. Trace Curry is a board-certified general surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive weight loss surgery, and is a Lap Band patient himself. He is a Cincinnati native and trained at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is the director of bariatric surgery at The Christ Hospital, JourneyLite, and the Fast Track Metabolic Weight Loss Center. He has performed well over 4000 laparoscopic gastric bands, 1000 laparoscopic bypasses, and 500 sleeve gastrectomies, making him one of the most experienced laparoscopic gastric band, laparoscopic gastric bypass,  sleeve gastrectomy and gastric plication surgeons in the country. 

Dr. Curry has done more LAP BANDS® and REALIZE BANDS® than any other bariatric surgeon in Ohio, and he is the only Lap Band faculty surgeon in the region who was chosen by both Allergan (the manufacturer of the Lap Band) as well as Ethicon Endo-Surgery (the manufacturer of the Realize Band) to be a proctor to teach other surgeons to do these procedures.  He has also been a sleeve gastrectomy proctor for W.L. Gore and Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

Dr. Curry is also well-known for his accessibility, and he frequently has patients from all over the country contacting him for advice and guidance. He even spends time on the message board helping patients. He makes himself freely available by email so if you have any questions just write to him.  Being a patient himself gives him a truly unique perspective about the journey you are taking.

Dr. Curry's practice has been certified as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence.



Kristin VanBockel, PA

Melanie Buchenroth, CNP

Susan Jackson, CNP

Our physician extenders are some of the most experienced in the state for management of both surgical and medical weight loss patients!

Erin Hurst, RD/LD


Erin Hurst-Ledonne, RD/LD
Registered, Licensed Dietitian

Erin is our dietitian who educates our patients before surgery and counsels them after. She specializes in surgical weight loss patients and also is available for medical weight loss diet counseling. She is one of the few dietitians in the country who is also a LAP-BAND® patient, making her expertise unsurpassed!  She is also one of our most successful band patients, having lost 100% of her excess body weight since surgery.  Erin is an Allergan-certified Lap Band® Champion.



Rebecca Erdman, RD/LD, MS
Registered, Licensed Dietitian Rebecca is a registered dietitian who has a Master's Degree from Tuft's University and has the personal accomplishment of having lost 160 lbs through hard work, diet, and exercise.  Rebecca, like so many others who have struggled to keep weight off after diet and exercise, she too started to slowly regain the weight.  But she is now a band patient on her way down to goal, and has lost a grand total of 220 lbs!  Along with Erin, she counsels patients before and after surgery but mainly focuses on the Metabolic Fast Track Weight Loss Center, our nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle program for surgical weight loss patients.   Rebecca is an Allergan-certified LAP BAND® Champion.


Dr. Charles Buhrman


Charles Buhrman, Jr, PsyD
Dr. Buhrman is an experienced mental health professional who has been doing weight loss surgery evaluations for many years.  He sees patients in our office all day on Wednesdays and participates in most insurance plans.   He also can assist with post-operative counseling either here in our office or in one of his private office locations!


Charity Smith-Insurance/Scheduling Coordinator

Amy Fuller-Insurance/Billing Coordinator

Nickie Hatfield-Billing Specialist

Our insurance team has experience to get your case approved!  They have submitted and scheduled thousands of weight loss surgery cases.


Michele Luken-Front Desk Supervisor

Barb Jesse-Receptionist

Amanda Taylor-Receptionist 

Kelli Britton-Receptionist

Our staff is passionate about weight loss surgery.  Three of our front office staff members have had surgery themselves.


Lisa Sprong
Marketing Director

Lisa is a Lap Band® patient of Dr. Curry's and now serves as the Marketing Director for JourneyLite of Cincinnati and The Center for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.  Lisa is an Allergan-certified LAP BAND® Champion.

Marcy Huff
Patient Service Representative

Marcy is a Lap Band® patient of Dr. Curry's and now serves as the Patient Service Representative for JourneyLite of Cincinnati. Her mission is a simple one:  to make your journey is as smooth as possible from the day you contact us until the day you reach your goal weight!   Marcy is an Allergan-certified LAP BAND® Champion.