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Amy Johnson, Bariatric Surgeon, M.D., F.A.C.S
Amy Olsen Johnson MD FACS is a bariatric and general surgeon who has successfully completed over 1000 bariatric cases with a very low complication rate. She is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the American Medical Association. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Dr. Johnson completed her undergraduate education at the University of Oregon where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She then received an MD from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with honor of Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her surgical residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in 2002 and began active duty service at Fort Bragg, NC as a general and bariatric surgeon. After completing her service in the military she stayed on at Fort Bragg where she grew a busy bariatric practice.

She brings to Pikeville Medical Center tremendous experience, expertise and compassion for the bariatric patient. Her goals in treating morbid obesity surgically are to eliminate or significantly improve medical problems that plague this patient population.

Dr. Johnson is the mother of three adult children and one grandchild. She shares her life with a loving, supportive husband with whom she enjoys biking, fishing, water skiing and gardening.

Kim Ward, Bariatric Coordinator and Registered Dietitian
Kim Ward has been a Registered and Licensed Dietitian since 1996. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Clinical Dietetics from the University of Kentucky . Kim began her professional career at Pikeville Medical Center and has returned after spending several years in Virginia and South Carolina . She has many years of experience working in the Dietetics field holding positions as a Clinical Nutrition Manager, Director of Nutrition Services, Oncology Dietitian as well as owning her own successful consulting firm that provided nutritional services for several hospitals, long term care facilities, and physician practices. Kim is excited to join the weight loss surgery center.

Amy Kimbler, Bariatric Surgery Registered Nurse
Amy has been a licensed RN for 13 years. Originally from Floyd County, she received her nursing degree from Pikeville College. Before joining PMC’s bariatric team, Amy previously worked in the hospital’s SICU, MICU and endoscopy department, as well as in a primary care physician’s office. Amy is excited about the opportunity she has been given to join our staff and encourage patients with their healthy lifestyle changes.

Anna Tackett, Physician Office Assistant
Anna Tackett has been a physician office assistant for the Bariatric Physician Practice for two years. Before joining the Bariatric Practice, Anna worked for 14 years in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Pikeville Medical Center as a Critical Care Technician. Anna is a 1996 graduate of Pikeville College where she obtained a degree in education. Anna enjoys being part of a program that helps people make positive lifestyle changes. Anna currently resides in Virgie, Kentucky with her husband Michael and daughter Grace.

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