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Dr. Jaime Ponce-Portugal, MD

Bariatric Surgery ·  Male · Age 54

Dr. Ponce-Portugal

Chattanooga Bariatrics

7405 Shallowford Rd Ste 160 Chattanooga, TN 37421

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(423) 899-1000


Dr. Jaime Ponce-Portugal, MD is a bariatric surgery specialist in Chattanooga, TN and has been practicing for 22 years. He graduated from Escuela De Medicina Ignacio a Santos, Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey in 1990 and specializes in bariatric surgery and general surgery.


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Dr. Ponce-Portugal accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Alliant Health Plans
Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
Blue Choice HMO
Blue Choice Option POS
Blue Open Access POS
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
Commercial Insurance Company
Coventry Health Care
Humana
Medicaid
Tricare
TriCare for Life
UnitedHealthCare
United Healthcare
Worker's Compensation
Worker's Compensation WC

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for Tennessee
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Ponce-Portugal's Top Procedures and Conditions

Treatment Frequency
Obesity
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very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ponce-Portugal treats Obesity more than 98% of his peers

Dr. Ponce-Portugal treats this condition more than 98% of his peers

Stomach Surgery
very high
very high

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ponce-Portugal performs Stomach Surgery more than 94% of his peers

Dr. Ponce-Portugal performs this procedure more than 94% of his peers

Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
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normal

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Ponce-Portugal performs Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery) more than 40% of his peers

Dr. Ponce-Portugal performs this procedure more than 40% of his peers

Dr. Ponce-Portugal's conditions and procedures:

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
  • Cholecystitis and Gallstones
  • Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Gallbladder Removal (Cholecystectomy), Laparoscopic
  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastric Banding
  • Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
  • Gastric Sleeve Surgery
  • Gastrotomy
  • Generalized Obesity
  • Intragastric Balloon System Insertion
  • Intragastric Integrated Dual Balloon System Insertion
  • Laparoscopic Anti-Reflux Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Revision Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Morbid Obesity
  • Obesity
  • Open Gastric Restrictive Procedure
  • Paraesophageal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Pediatric Obesity
  • Post Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
  • ReShape™ Intragastric Integrated Dual Balloon System Insertion
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Surgery, Laparoscopic
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Weight Loss Management
  • Weight Loss Revisional Surgery

Dr. Ponce-Portugal's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Ponce-Portugal

4.7

Based on 41 reviews

5 Stars
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(34)
4 Stars
9.75609756097561%
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3 Stars
2.4390243902439024%
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2 Stars
2.4390243902439024%
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1 Star
2.4390243902439024%
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I previously had a Lap Band installed by Dr. Tom Ross in Ellijay, Ga. Dr. Ross retired, so I was without a Lap Band doctor. Dr. Ponce was gracious enough to take me as a patient.
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Having surgery September 11th 2017 and I cant begin to describe how awesome the entire staff and doctor is.
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As far as a surgeon, Dr. Ponce he is awesome. I have had zero issues and my scars are very small. If you need a surgeon that is going to see you for your office visits, he is not your doctor. Jamie, the nurse/nurse practitioner, (not sure of her title), does post op appointments. She does a great job and is able to answer any questions. I had the Sleeve Out Patient and I am so glad that I did the Out Patient option. Recovery, for me, right after the surgery was not that bad.
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Superior expertise. Level of confidence really put me at ease. Staff is top notch! From the initial inquiry to my last follow up visit. They even have a special person dedicated to help each patient through the process. When I had questions outside office hours, she was available. Went way above expectations. Best decision I ever made.
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Incredibly competent and caring. Amazing office staff.
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Dr. Ponce likes to share his experiences with Los Angeles surgeons and how great he is-and I'm alive, so I guess he knows what he is doing. But, if you are looking for a doctor with a compassionate bedside manner, he isn't your guy. He didn't even speak to my family after my surgery...they were left sitting there for a long time. Lastly, Brook runs that office. Didn't matter what the question was, ask Brook was the answer. Make Brook your friend. Place is like a bariatric production line.
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Dr. Ponce offers different weight loss procedures as comprehensive treatments to help patients with obesity lose weight and reduce life-threatening co-morbidities (high blood pressure or diabetes). Losing weight and maintaining it over time is diffic...

Specialties

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • General Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

1997
Eastern Tenn State University
Residency Hospital
1992
Eastern Tenn State University
Internship Hospital
1990
Escuela De Medicina Ignacio a Santos, Instituto Tecnologico Y De Estudios Superiores De Monterrey
Medical School
1983
ITESM Campus Chihuahua
Undergraduate School
1997
1992
1990
1983

Languages

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

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80% Patient experience rating, 11% higher than the national average

  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

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