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Bariatric Social Worker

The Bariatric Social Worker is a licensed mental health professional who offers patients and families assistance and support with the many challenges they face during the weight loss surgery process. The social worker also conducts one-on-one interviews prior to surgery to evaluate and identify potential issues, which may impede a successful outcome. Our Social worker can also help individuals link to hospital and community based resources that offer practical assistance for each patient's particular set of circumstances.

Sue Walker, LICSW, MSW

Sue has been a licensed Independent clinical social worker in the state of Massachusetts for the last 19 years and is trained to provide assessment and evaluation of patients in order to maximize their post surgical success. Sue earned her MSW in 1989 from Rutgers University and her Bachelors Degree in 1986 from American University in Washington, D.C. Sue has worked in a multitude of medical settings such as: inpatient, homecare, rehabilitation, nursing homes, hospice, outpatient and has owned her own private case management company. Sue had formally been at the Deaconess medical center from 1990-1994 working on the vascular service and in the intensive care units.

"Since starting with the weight loss surgery program it has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience. My patients have helped me to understand their past journeys and desire for change and It has been a privilege to be an advocate for them as they each strive to achieve their own personal goals. I am constantly in awe of my patients courage and determination to carve out a new path for themselves; it is inspiring."- Sue

Contact Information

Weight Loss Surgery Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 3rd Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215