Dear Friends and Family of Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco,

Welcome to our April Newsletter. In this issue you will meet our new staff members, updates on Seminar/Support Group dates & locations, recipes, fitness tips, and more! Please feel free to submit your tips or your success story with pictures to

LAPSF Welcomes New Staff- Dr. John Husted and Christina Brady PA-C

Dr. John Husted has made surgery for the treatment of obesity his professional focus, and is considered an expert and leader in the field. With a decade of experience, he has performed the full spectrum of bariatric procedures available in the U.S., including revision/conversion procedures for failed or otherwise complicated previous bariatric operations.

Prior to relocating back to San Francisco in 2006, he had served as Medical Director for Bariatric Services at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, TN, and as Medical Director and co-founder of the Metabolic Surgery Center at Baptist Hospital as well. He continues his focus on bariatric surgery, including his special interest in revision/conversion surgery.

Christina Brady PA-C, MSPS graduated valedictorian with a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Samuel Merritt, Oakland, California in 2006. In order to give back to the community while at Samuel Merritt she volunteered at La Clinica de Salud Health fairs, organized free local community health fairs and helped develop a sexual education presentation to be used by local school. She also co-authored the first completely digitalized Human Dissection Manual during her time at Samuel Merritt.

During her clinical year she completed rotations in many esteemed locations including UCSF, Highland Hospital, Alta Bates, Summit Hospital, and Oahu, Hawaii. For over 13 years she has been working in the medical field, first in convalescent care for the elderly; then in a family practice clinic in Santa Cruz, CA. For her undergrad she studied at University of California, Santa Cruz, as well as participated in genetic research, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental biology.

LAPSF is very pleased & excited to have these talented individuals on staff.

Guest Speaker- April San Jose Support Group

Dr. Shahin Fazilat, a Plastic Surgeon who focuses on working with Post-Bariatric patients, will be speaking at the San Jose Support Group at 7pm. All are invited to attend.

Support Group/Seminar Changes

There are a few changes this month with a few of the Support Group Locations. PLEASE check the website calendar often for the most up to date information!

**HAWAII SUPPORT GROUP**- Location has changed for the Honolulu Support Group. The group will now be located at Denny's Restaurant 098-151 Pali Momi St. Aiea, HI 96701. 10am for pre-op patients, 11am for post-op patients.

**EUREKA SUPPORT GROUP**- This will be held on Thursday, April 26th at 7pm. The location for this date ONLY will be at the Eureka office- 2607 Harris St., Suite B (office of Dr. Stokes) in Eureka 95503. (Future dates remain at the Red Lion Hotel.)

**STOCKTON SUPPORT GROUP**- The Stockton Support Group TIME has changed. Start time is now 1pm. The location is the same at the Radisson Hotel Stockton 2323 Grand Canal Blvd.

**SAN FRANCISCO SUPPORT GROUP**- The time has changed for the San Francisco Support Group. The group will run from 6pm-8pm at the same location- 2100 Webster St. in the Spivey Room.

click here to go to the LAPSF Calendar of Events

New office location in Kona, Hawaii

Beginning in May, Dr. Cirangle will begin seeing patients in Kona, Hawaii. The office is located at 79-7266 Mamalahoa Hwy in the Honalo Business Center #3 on the bottom-(Office of Dr. Cliff Arrington).

Please call our main line at 866-957-3627 to schedule an appointment.

We are also looking for a Support Group location in Kona- if any patients have any suggestions, please let us know!


Fitness Tip of the Month- by Caitlin Weeks

When it comes to fitness, getting started is the hardest part. Just put on your tennis shoes and tell yourself I will give it ten minutes and I can stop. The chances are in ten minutes you will just be getting into it and you will want to keep going.

Caitlin Weeks is a personal trainer based in San Francisco. If you would like to schedule an appointment, she can be reached at Cell (415) 624-5121 or Email-

Image Do you have questions specific to your type of surgery? Or want to meet other patients who have had a similar surgery? Then sign up for the LAPSF Yahoo Group...there's a specific group for each type of surgery. Just log on & request to join!

click here for the main LAPSF Yahoo Group

Recipes of the Month
Serv size: 1 drumstick; 98 cals, 2.5g of fat, 14g of pro, 4.5g of carb
8 Chicken Drumsticks (or may substitute 2lbs of chicken drummettes)
1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger
1/4 tsp salt
Cooking spray
1/2 cup sake (rice wine)
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
2 T sugar
2 T low sodium soy sauce
1 T fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup chopped green onions

1) Combine chicken, ginger, and salt in a large bowl, tossing to coat. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.
2) Add chicken; cook 6 min or until browned on all sides. Add sake, orange juice, sugar, soy sauce, and lemon juice; cook 1 min. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 min or until chicken is done.
3) Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Bring sauce to a boil. Cook until sauce is reduced to 1/2 cup (~5min). Return chicken to pan, turning to coat. Sprinkle green onions over chicken. Yields: 8 servings.

Serv size: 3-4 oz; 193 cals, 7g fat, 25g pro, 5g carb
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cardamom
2 T water
1 tsp concentrated chicken broth
1 lb shoulder 1/2 in think lamb chops (~4), fat trimmed off
Olive oil cooking spray
3/4 plain, fat free yogurt
1 T fresh lime juice
Salt & pepper to taste
1) In a shallow plate, stir together garlic, cumin, cardamom, water, and chicken broth. Dip lamb chips in mixture, turning once to coat well. Cover with foil, marinate at room temp for 15 min.
2) Coat a 12-in nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat skillet over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Remove lamb chops from marinade, reserving marinade. Cook lamb chops for about 3 min on each side for medium rare. Transfer lamb to a platter and keep warm.
3) Add yogurt and lime juice to reserved marinade, pour into skillet, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 2 min until cooked through and slightly reduced. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serv size: 1/3 cup; 19 cals, < 1g of fat, .5g pro, 2.5g carb
2 lbs green beans, trimmed
4 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees
2) Place a jelly-roll pan in oven for 10 min. Place beans in large bowl. Drizzle with oil; sprinkle 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Toss well to coat.
3) Arrange green bean mixture in a single layer on preheated baking sheet. Bake at 425 deg for 8 min or until crisp tender.

Don't Forget to Get Your Yearly Lab Work Done Early!
Image We are busy gathering yearly lab statistics from our patients. Believe it or not, the lab where you get your lab work done takes 3-4 weeks to get us the results of your complicated one year labs. This means that you should schedule your one year lab tests at least one month before your one year appointment. Don't forget to stop taking your vitamins 3 days before your annual lab tests. Please see our website or the link below for an annual lab form. If you cannot download it, call our offices and speak to Michelle. We appreciate you getting your labs done on time!

Click here for your annual lab form.

Thank you for your support to date, see you at the next support group meeting!


Dr. Gregg Jossart ~ Dr. Paul Cirangle ~ Dr. John Husted
Khristi Autajay, RD
Laparoscopic Associates of San Francisco
2100 Webster Street, Suite 518
San Francisco, CA 94115
866-957-3627/(415) 561-1713 fax

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