Berlin, Md. – Atlantic General Hospital and Health System held an open house at the new
location for its Surgical Associates and Bariatric Center offices in the
James G. Barrett Medical Office Building recently.
Atlantic General Surgical Associates and the Atlantic General Bariatric
Center provide advanced minimally invasive surgical procedures performed
by board certified doctors including bariatric, oncology and vascular
The bariatric center is led by Alae Zarif, MD, who performs gastric bypass
and gastric sleeve procedures for Atlantic General Bariatric Center and
general surgeries. Zarif is certified by the American Board of Surgery
and performs multiple advanced laparoscopic procedures.
Xin Zhong, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates and
the staff of Atlantic General Bariatric Center from North Shore University
Hospital in Manhasset, NY, where she completed a minimally invasive surgery
fellowship in robotic and bariatric procedures. She is a fellow of the
American College of Surgeons and specializes in advanced laparoscopic
procedures, hiatal hernias, complex abdominal wall hernias, and bariatrics.
Meshach Heenatigala, M.D. recently joined Atlantic General Surgical Associates
from York Hospital in York, PA, where he completed a rural track surgical
residency. Heenatigala is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal
and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Phlebology, and a fellow
of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in surgical procedures
involving the head and neck, thoracic, breast, skin/melanoma, abdominal,
colorectal, endoscopy, vascular/veins, carpal tunnel, anal incontinence.
Angela Simmons, CBN, CRNP is a seasoned nurse of 15 years. She is credentialed
as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
and is a certified bariatric nurse. Angela has worked with surgical patients
for the past six years and serves as the program coordinator for Atlantic
General Bariatric Center.
More information about Atlantic General Surgical Associates can be found at
www.atlanticgeneral.org/surgicalassociates. Information about Atlantic General Bariatric Center can be found at
From left: Todd Ferrante, chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation;
Meshach Heenatigala, MD; Honorable Charlotte Cathell; Xin Zhong, MD; Michael
Franklin, president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital; Lou Taylor;
chair of the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Trustees; Alae Zarif,
MD; Angela Simmons, CRNP; Krystle Lewis; Cheryl Aydelotte; Amy Gehrig;
Daniel Hakeem, PA-C; and Michael Cylc, Atlantic General Hospital Foundation member.