Our Team

Our Experts are at Your Service

MultiCare's Bariatric Surgery program is built on the expertise of our lead surgeons and program coordinator. They are supported in turn by a team of bariatric surgery, nutrition and weight-loss experts, both on staff and through close collaborations with health care professionals across the MultiCare organization.

Hanafy Hanafy MD

Hanafy Hanafy, MD

Board-certified Bariatric Surgeon

Board-certifed in general surgery, Dr. Hanafy has a dozen years of experience performing bariatric surgeries, and brings this expertise to MultiCare's Bariatric Surgery program.

Dr. Hanafy earned his medical degree from Alexandria University in Egypt. He moved to the United States in 1989, and went on to complete his general surgery residency training at the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1996.

In addition to his board certification in general surgery, Dr. Hanafy is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK, a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). Individualized attention to his patients and a keen interest in long-term successful outcomes of surgery drive his personable approach.

james sebestaJames Sebesta, MD

Board-certified Bariatric Surgeon, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery

James Sebesta, MD treats obesity, gastroesophageal reflux disease, abdominal wall hernias, breast cancer, as well as other gastrointestinal surgical diseases.

Dr. Sebesta is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, outdoor sports and watching his children’s sporting events.

Jennene Wheeler RN

Jennene Wheeler, RN, CBN

Certified Bariatric Nurse, Bariatric Program Coordinator

Jennene earned her nursing degree in 1998, has worked in the field of Bariatrics since 2003 and was one of the first nurses in Washington state to become a Certified Bariatric Nurse. She joins MultiCare from Dr. Hanafy's previous practice.

Jennene's experience in Bariatrics ranges from serving as a bariatric surgery assistant in the OR to serving as a bariatric clinic supervisor. Jennene has the added expertise of having experienced bariatric surgery herself. This gives her unique insight into the patient's experience, allowing her to guide the program with true compassion and understanding. Together, she, Dr. Hanafy and Dr. Sebesta bring an in-depth understanding of how to best serve and support bariatric surgery patients through their weight-loss journey, from initial consultations through post-surgical recovery and long-term weight-loss success.

Ready to Learn More?

MultiCare’s weight-loss surgery program can help you improve your health, lose weight and feel better. Attend our free, no-obligation seminar to learn more.

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MultiCare Center for Weight Loss & Wellness

2202 S. Cedar, Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98405

Call us at 253-301-5280 or toll-free at 844-256-7659 to learn more about our programs or to schedule your first appointment.