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Our Care Team

For weight loss surgery, WakeMed Cary Hospital's experienced bariatric surgery team is assembled with surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians and support staff who have expertise in and use the most advanced surgical techniques to provide our patients' with positive outcomes.

Meet the Surgeons

WakeMed Physician Practices - Weight Loss Surgery
Appointments: 919-350-7331

  • Ann Chung, MD
  • Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO
  • Brandon Roy, MD
  • Ian Villanueva, MD

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WakeMed Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina
Appointments: 919-234-4468 

  • Scott Bovard, MD
  • Jon-Michael Bruce, MD 
  • Paul Enochs, MD
  • David Michael Pilati, MD
  • Kajal Zalavadia, MD

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Meet Our Bariatric Care Team

In addition to expertise and experience, our bariatric care team provides the individual attention and support that you need to succeed on your way to a healthier, more vibrant lifestyle. Your bariatric care team includes a coordinator, nurses, nutritionists, and health and fitness specialists who will treat you with patience, compassion and discretion. They will work closely with you to answer questions, gather information, and provide encouragement and support before and after bariatric surgery in a program that is personalized for your specific needs.

Parul Kharod MS, RD, LDN
Parul Kharod is a Registered Dietitian and licensed nutritionist, and currently works with both outpatients and inpatients at WakeMed Cary Hospital. 

Education and Training
Parul earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Foods and Nutrition, and her Master of Science degree in Dietetics from India.  She completed her dietetic internship through Meredith College, Raleigh.

She is affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She is a member of the Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.

Diet and Nutrition Counseling
Parul counsels patients on weight management, diabetes, heart-related issues such as hypertension and hyperlipidemia, and food allergies.  Being an avid cook, she is able to help patients with menu planning and make appropriate changes to their diets while still conforming to their preferences.

Trish Vulpis, RD
Trish Vulpis has been a Registered Dietitian for three decades and currently counsels bariatric patients full time. She has experience counseling and consulting for Whole Foods, hospitals, sports facilities and individuals as well as teaching weight loss classes. She presented a lecture for the American Cancer Society on nutrition and cancer treatments as well as a lecture for the American Heart Association on nutrition.

Education and Training
Trish earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Auburn University. In addition, she has a Certification in Adult Weight Management and a Certification in Pediatric Weight Management.

Diet and Nutrition Counseling
Outside of surgical procedures, Trish and our other dietitians are trained and ready to assist you in planning and carrying out the nutritional changes needed for a healthy lifestyle.