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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, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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, M.D., F.A.C.S.

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.