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About: Medical Bariatrics of Lexington

Our History

Medical Bariatrics of Lexington was founded in 2008 by Julie Higgins (Formerly Swindler), MD. After years of training in family medicine and working in various emergency rooms treating chronic and acute obesity related diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, and heart disease, she realized that most of these conditions could have been cured or prevented if obesity was appropriately treated. It was also apparent that weight loss training was extensively inadequate in the medical field. Due to the lack of necessary patient education, individuals seeking to lose weight were forced to rely on programs not supervised by physicians and were using medications and herbs obtained illegally or over the internet, without regard to their current medical history, which can be very dangerous.


While Dr. Higgins (Formerly Swindler) applauded any physicians trying to help combat obesity, she felt there was a great need for more bariatric practices, ran by physicians with American Board subspecialty training, who would then be able to provide the appropriate time to educate patients on their disease processes and design individual plans for them, rather than only "pill pushing". .

Bariatric medicine is our passion, and it is our goal to provide safe, effective, non-surgical weight loss to all who desire to combat this disease.

Our Principles of Excellence

  1. Maintain patient welfare above all.
  2. Provide adequate and truthful information to obtain informed consent when suggesting therapeutic interventions.
  3. Respect patient confidentiality and reveal confidential data only when required by law.
  4. Cooperate fully with other physicians and provide medical records to aid patient care.
  5. Improve public awareness and concern for obesity as a disease.
  6. Stay current as to new medical treatments and information relevant to bariatric medicine.
  7. Exemplify personally, the healthy lifestyle.
  8. Avoid judgments concerning patients' behavior.
  9. Prescribe anorectic agents only when part of a comprehensive program.
  10. Refrain from marketing materials that deceive the public and deviate from acceptable medical care.
  11. Maintain licensure and consider membership in local and state societies.
  12. Report all violations of state or federal law.
  13. Not engage in inappropriate personal relationships with patients.
  14. Comply with state and federal laws.
  15. Comply with the ASBP Bariatrics Practice Guidelines.