Meet Our Weight Loss Team
Vinay Signhal, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
As a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in bariatrics, Dr. Singhal takes great pride in helping patients across Greater Lehigh Valley transform their health and their lives.
Dr. Singhal specializes in minimally-invasive wight loss procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and revisional surgery. For patients, these techniques often offer less pain and scarring, fewer complications and faster recovery.
Dr. Singhal earned his MBBS at Maulana Azad Medical College in India and is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He completed his Residency in general surgery at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital and a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
Artun Aksade, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
As a board-certified general surgeon with fellowship training in bariatrics, Dr. Aksade is dedicated to helping patients reduce medical problems and improve their longevity and quality of life.
Dr. Aksade specializes in robotic and minimally invasive weight loss procedures, including robotic assisted gastric sleeve, laparoscopic gastric bypass and revisional surgery. For patients, these techniques often offer less pain and scarring, fewer complications and faster recovery.
Dr. Aksade earned his MD at Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. Dr. Aksade is board-certified in surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He completed his residency at Easton Hospital in general surgery and a fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Maneesh Ailawadi, MD, Bariatric Surgeon
Maneesh Ailawadi, MD, FSSO, is an expert thoracic surgeon and bariatric specialist at Lehigh Valley Weight Loss, with locations in Allentown and Easton, Pennsylvania, where he serves as chief of surgical bariatrics. Dr. Ailawadi has helped hundreds of people achieve better health with weight-loss surgery.
Dr. Ailawadi received his bachelor of science in biology from the renowned Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He then went on to medical school at the Chicago Medical School located in North Chicago, Illinois. He remained in the Windy City to complete his residency at the University of Illinois/Mt. Sinai.
While at Mt. Sinai, Dr. Ailawadi received a grant from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and relocated to conduct research and publish papers in the area of surgical oncology and thoracic surgery. He then went on to complete his fellowship in thoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the top medical facilities in the country. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Ailawadi gained extensive experience operating on both the stomach and esophagus.
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Ailawadi went into private practice performing bariatric surgery, general surgery, and surgical oncology. Dr. Ailawadi enjoys sharing his skills, knowledge, and experience with students and colleagues through his training and lectures.
John Scaffidi, MD, Medical Bariatrics and Gynecology
John Scaffidi, MD, FABOM, FACOG, of Lehigh Valley Weight Loss with offices in Allentown and Easton, Pennsylvania, received his Bachelor's in Science degree from Lehigh Valley's prestigious Muhlenberg College with honors in both biology and psychology, and was awarded a coveted membership into Psi Chi, the National Psychology Honor Society in 1983. This was followed by a Master's program in Applied Human Physiology while he participated in research with both the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Medical school followed at University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ at their leading medical center, Cooper Hospital University Medical Center, where he obtained his medical degree, again with honors.
Internship and residency followed at the nationally recognized St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey, where Dr. Scaffidi culminated his training by serving as chief resident. During this time, he participated in research and published several papers on various topics concerning obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine as well as serving as both the state and national district III as representative for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Since then, Dr. Scaffidi has been in private practice committed to training other professionals by teaching residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. He has also extensively lectured on multiple topics in the fields of obstetrics, gynecology, and bariatrics to physicians, nurses, and the general public, while furthering his education on a constant basis with the sole purpose of improving others' lives.
Dr. Scaffidi maintains board certification in both Gynecology and Medical Bariatrics.
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Amy Romberger, RD, LDN