Beth Ryder, MD, an experienced minimally invasive surgeon, has been appointed director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery, a program of The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital. The promotion is effective April 24.

Ryder specializes in bariatric surgery, emerging technologies for minimally invasive surgery, and surgical education. She is an associate professor of surgery (clinician educator) and an associate professor of Medical Science (clinician educator) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She has been consistently named a “Top Doc” by Rhode Island Monthly magazine.

The Center for Bariatric Surgery specializes in treating adult and adolescent obesity—and its related health complications —through surgical procedures that promote weight loss. The center’s comprehensive approach is supported by a diverse staff of bariatric surgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral therapists, nutritionists, physical therapists and nurses with expertise in weight loss surgery.

The Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center+ by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island and an Optum Center of Excellence. It has been accredited for both adult and adolescent surgery by the American College of Surgeons in conjunction with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.  

Ryder is an active researcher of advanced surgical techniques and the metabolic and physiological effects of weight loss surgery and has made significant contributions to the scientific literature as co-author of many peer-reviewed publications. She has presented nationally and internationally and is a reviewer for several professional journals. 

“There’s a lot of really interesting research on why these operations work, and I think the more we know, the better we can tailor therapies and adjunctive therapies to different patients to help them succeed,” she said.

Ryder has distinguished herself at the Alpert Medical School, having received numerous Dean’s Excellence in Teaching awards as well as a Faculty Award. She also is co-director of the core clerkship in surgery.

Ryder, who is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her residency in general surgery and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School and Rhode Island Hospital. 
She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and belongs to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Association for Surgical Education, the New England Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the New England Surgical Society, the Rhode Island Medical Women's Association and the Providence Surgical Society

Richard Salit

Senior Public Relations Officer
The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital, Gateway Healthcare
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