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Our Staff

Group Photo of our staff
Front row: Nan Walrath, Shirley Pekala, RN, William Chapman, MD,
John Pender, MD, Keisha Bridget
Back row: Kim Cotton, MOA, Kathy Price, Samantha Casper, RN
Not pictured: Tanya Black

William H.H. Chapman III, MD, FACS

Dr. Chapman, our senior surgeon, has been with ECU Bariatric Surgery since 1995. As chief of bariatric surgery and minimally invasive surgery for University Health Care Systems, he directs all programs for surgical weight loss. He also serves as co-director of the Morbid Obesity Fellowship program, which instructs doctors in weight-loss surgery. He specializes in advanced robotic, laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery.

He is an associate professor of surgery in the division of gastrointestinal surgery at the Brody School of Medicine. He also directs Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Center of Excellence Training Center. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He is a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, North Carolina Medical Association and the Pitt County Medical Society. Dr. Chapman enjoys kayaking, gardening and most water sports.

John R. Pender IV, MD, FACS

Dr. Pender specializes in bariatric and weight-loss surgery, advanced robotic and laparoscopic surgery and complex hernia repairs. As associate residency program director for the general surgery residency, he is also co-director of the fellowship program in bariatric/minimally invasive surgery. He is an assistant professor of surgery in the division of gastrointestinal surgery.

He received his undergraduate degree from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn. and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Penn. He completed an additional fellowship year in minimally invasive surgery. He is a member of the society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons and a member of that organization’s committee on bariatric surgery. He is also a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and the American Hernia Society. A native North Carolinian, Dr. Pender enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD, FACS

Dr Spaniolas specializes in bariatric and foregut surgery. He is also trained in surgery for primary and revisional hiatal hernias and reflux disease, common conditions in the overweight and general population. He is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the division of gastrointestinal surgery at the Brody School of Medicine, and the co-director for the bariatric and minimally invasive fellowship program.

A member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, Dr Spaniolas is an active researcher with multiple publications, and has presented in multiple major national gastrointestinal meetings. He enjoys spending time with family and friends.