About The Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center

The Surgical Weight Loss Center was established in 2005 and serves patients throughout our Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast region, as well as from national and international locations. The Surgical Weight Loss Center offers laparoscopic surgeries including gastric bypass*adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. Learn more about Dr. Lord.

Our goal is to help those who have been diagnosed as clinically obese to:

Our Weight Loss Center offers a multidisciplinary program that brings together a special team of healthcare experts: a bariatric surgeon, a physician specializing in weight loss and weight management, a dietitian, a psychologist, and others who provide their particular expertise in addressing the needs of the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Backed by Sacred Heart's reputation for quality care, our team is dedicated to guiding you on your individual journey to a healthier life. Meet our team.

Clinical Excellence


The Sacred Heart Surgical Weight Loss Center is an Accredited Comprehensive Center through the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program. We are also designated by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery. Blue Distinction Centers provide a full range of bariatric surgical services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up and patient education. To achieve this designation, Blue Distinction Centers must demonstrate better outcomes, meet stringent quality criteria, and show consistency of care.


The medical director of the Surgical Weight Loss Center is Dr. Jeffrey Lord. He has advanced fellowship training and is a nationally recognized expert in the field of minimally invasive bariatric surgery. Dr. Lord provides comprehensive evaluation of patients to determine their candidacy for these life-changing procedures, as well as extensive patient/family education to create a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. Since beginning bariatric surgery in 1996, Dr. Lord has performed more than 3,200 gastric bypass surgeries, 250 gastric sleeve surgeries, 300 Lap-Band surgeries and 420 revision surgeries.