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About the Physicians and Staff


Thomas W. Clark Thomas W. Clark, MS, MD, FACS
Sentara CarePlex Hospital
Bariatric Center of Excellence

Dr. Clark graduated from Davidson College and The Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. He and his family have lived on the Virginia Peninsula since 1994. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity.

Dr. Clark is one of the most experienced surgeons in Virginia having performed more than 2000 weight loss surgery procedures (vertical banded gastroplasty/gastric bypass and LAP-BAND) since 1994. Dr. Clark founded the Weight Loss Surgery Center of Hampton Roads in 2002 in order to provide comprehensive surgical, educational and support services for his patients. Dr. Clark has been the Bariatric Program Medical Director at the Sentara CarePlex Hospital since 2003.

Dr. Clark has chosen to dedicate his entire practice to weight loss surgery and medical weight loss. In order to fully complement services available to patients, he has passed his written and oral boards in bariatric medicine as well. He feels that this sub-specialty within his profession gives his patients a unique opportunity to optimize their weight loss with his medical and surgical expertise. He truly enjoys working with his patients to assist them in meeting or exceeding their health goals. Dr. Clark states “Weight loss can change lives forever. That is the most satisfying thing to me and gives true meaning to what I am doing”.


Anthony D. Terracina, M.D., F.A.C.S. Anthony D. Terracina, MD, FACS
Sentara CarePlex Hospital
Bariatric Center of Excellence

Dr. Terracina graduated from The University of Mississippi Medical Center. He and his family moved from Panama City Florida where he developed and served as the director of the bariatric program at Gulf Coast Medical Center. With both a successful general surgery and bariatric practice for 10 years, he moved to our area in 2004 to bring the laparascopic approach to our program.

He has performed nearly 1100 laparascopic gastric bypass procedures and is the most experienced LAP-BAND surgeon in our area with over 350 procedures to date. Dr Terracina enjoys providing patients with cutting edge approaches to weight loss surgery to assist them with meeting their personal goal of good health.

Dr. Terracina is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery and the American Medical Association. Dr. Terracina has been a great addition to the Weight Loss Surgery Center of Hampton Roads, P.C. and truly enjoys his patients and this specialized field within general surgery.


Stephen D. Wohlgemuth Stephen D. Wohlgemuth, MD, FACS
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Bariatrics Center of Excellence

MD Degree: Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA:, 1983 Internship & Residency; Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA.

Current Academic Appointment: Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA.

Board Certification: Surgery, 1990, recertified 2000 Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Dr. Wohlgemuth joined Norfolk Surgical Group in 1988. He began performing laparoscopic surgery in 1991 and gained considerable experience in a variety of basic and advanced laparoscopic procedures. In 2001 Dr. George Hoffman and Dr. Wohlgemuth began performing laparoscopic gastric bypasses. To date the group has performed approximately 1,400 laparoscopic bariatric cases with Dr. Wohlgemuth being involved in about two third of these cases as the primary surgeon or first assistant.

Dr. Wohlgemuth is the medical director of Sentara Bariatric and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as well as a member of the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Advisory Committee. He is currently involved in numerous research projects dealing with bariatric surgery and has presently his research at numerous national medical meetings.


Stephen D. Wohlgemuth Mark A. Fontana, MD, FACS
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Bariatrics Center of Excellence

Dr. Mark Fontana is a bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon with Norfolk Surgical Group and Sentara Medical Group.  Born in Richmond, Virginia and raised in Connecticut, Dr. Fontana joined the Navy in 1988 and completed medical school and surgery training while in the Navy. Dr. Fontana was stationed in Guam; Naples, Italy; Pensacola, Florida; Portsmouth, Virginia, as well as in Kuwait and Iraq with the United States Marine Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dr. Fontana received the Bronze Star Medal for his achievements in combat during that campaign.

Dr. Fontana then completed a Fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Obesity Surgery at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2005, he joined Norfolk Surgical Group as a minimally invasive and bariatric surgeon.

Dr. Fontana has performed more than 500 laparoscopic gastric bypass surgeries and laparoscopic adjustable gastric band surgeries.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  Dr. Fontana is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Fontana's emphasis is on safe surgery, preoperative
patient education and selection, as well as long term follow up of his patients for optimal success.

Following the Thursday, October 11 noon Live Surgery Webcast on LAP-BAND®: Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Fontana will be hosting an “Ask the Weight-Loss Surgeon” Question and Answer Session at Greenbrier HealthPlex, 713 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, Virginia.  Register at www.sentara.com/WeightLossSurgery

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