Dr. Jaime Ponce
Dr Jaime Ponce is a highly accomplished bariatric surgeon with a wealth of experience and a track record of excellence. Born on April 19, 1965, he has dedicated his life to medicine, with specific expertise in bariatric and metabolic care. He holds a prestigious position at CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care in Chattanooga, TN, where he provides expert surgical interventions and leadership.
Dr Ponce completed his medical degree, with Summa Cum Laude honours, from the School of Medicine at I.T.E.S.M., Monterrey, Mexico, in 1990. His passion for research led him to become a Research Fellow in Experimental Surgery at the Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion “Salvador Zubiran” (I.N.N.S.Z.), Mexico City. Subsequently, he moved to the United States for his General Surgery Residency at East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine.
Over his illustrious career, Dr Ponce has held numerous key positions in private practice and academia. He has served as an Associate Professor of Surgery, a private practitioner in General and Bariatric Surgery, and the Medical Director for Bariatric Surgery at several institutions.
Dr Ponce has made considerable contributions to the field of bariatric surgery through his extensive involvement in various professional organisations, such as the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), and the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). He has held several leadership roles, including President of the ASMBS and IFSO North America Chapter. He is currently serving as the President of the IFSO North America Chapter for the 2021-2024 term.
An avid researcher and reviewer, Dr Ponce has been involved with multiple peer-reviewed journals and has served on the editorial board of several prestigious publications. His work has been recognised with numerous awards and honours, such as the ASMBS Foundation's 2018 Master Educator Award and the CHI Memorial St. Luke’s Healer’s Heart Award Honoree.
Dr Ponce has also provided consultancy to various medical companies throughout his career, contributing his expertise to developing medical products and services. He holds several medical licenses and board certifications, including the American Board of Obesity Medicine and the American Board of Surgery - Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Focused Practice Designation.
Fluent in English and Spanish, Dr Ponce is a respected surgeon and a bridge between cultures in the medical community. His membership in numerous professional organisations reflects his commitment to advancing his field and improving patient care. With his broad expertise, extensive experience, and unwavering dedication, Dr Jaime Ponce continues to impact the bariatric and metabolic surgery field significantly.