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Signature Series: Meet Our Bariatric Social Worker
By Linda Trainor, RN, BSN, Bariatric Nurse Coordinator
Sue Levy Walker, LICSW, MSW, joined the Weight Loss Surgery team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in 2008 and BID-Milton in 2014. As a clinical social worker, Sue offers support and assistance to bariatric patients, helping them work through any challenges they may face during the weight loss surgery process.
Sue has been a licensed independent clinical social worker and certified case manager for many years, having worked in a variety of medical institutions throughout New England.
A graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. (BA), and Rutgers University in New Jersey (MSW), Sue says there are a lot of positives to her job at BIDMC, psychologically preparing patients for weight loss surgery and post-operative lifestyle changes.
“I love working with weight loss surgery patients because so much of my role is as an advocate for the patients,” she explains. “I get to cheer them on as they begin their journey, reinforce the wonderful changes to come, and congratulate them on their courage in taking this step towards a healthier life and lifestyle.”
Outside of work, Sue makes time for getaways to various spots around the globe as well as her favorite hobby, photography.
During the past few years, Sue has taken her love of photography to a whole new level and started a business called The Artful Lens.
She actively partakes in Boston Photography Workshops and attends classes at The New England School of Photography, with her primary interest in macro botanical photography.
Recently, Sue graciously donated pictures to BIDMC from her worldwide travels — her vibrant, colorful photos can currently be seen in the Weight Loss Surgery clinic.
Whether you are a past, present, or future bariatric patient at BIDMC, Sue is here to assist you on your weight loss journey.