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Dr Jessee

Tiffany Jessee, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.

Dr. Tiffany Jessee is one of the few Fellowship Trained Bariatric Surgeons in the state of Florida. This means that she has received additional highly specialized training in Bariatric surgery. She is also a Board Certified General Surgeon.

She received her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in her native state of WV. She completed her General Surgery Residency training at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Florida. She then traveled to Coral Gables, Florida where she completed a one year Fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopy and Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Jessee is the founder of Sun Coast Bariatrics and has been performing Bariatric surgery since 2002. In 2003 Dr. Jessee placed the first LAP-BAND® in Pinellas County, and in 2010 she was the first bariatric surgeon in the world to place a LAP-BAND® with the single incision instrument called SPIDER. Dr. Jessee continues to offer her patients both the LAP-BAND® and Realize™ Adjustable Gastric Banding systems, the Orbera Gastric Balloon, as well as Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy

Dr. Jessee is a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and holds the designation of Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. She serves on the faculty of Nova Southeastern University and provides clinical training for General Surgery Residents through their program at Largo Medical Center and is the Bariatric Medical Director at Largo Medical Center.

Dr. Jessee is one of the few female bariatric physicians in the world specializing in weight loss surgery and is well-known for her compassion towards her patients. She works with each person as an individual to help them achieve, and ultimately maintain, their weight-loss goals. Her patients often remark how her personal touch encourages them towards a happier and healthier lifestyle!

Dr. AbbyBharti Shetye, M.D. “Dr. Abby”

Born/raised in: Mumbai, India

Medical Degree Education:
Seth G.S. Medical College & KEM Hospital Mumbai India

Post-Graduate Education:
Unity Hospital Rochester NY , Good Samaritan Hospital (affiliate of Johns Hopkins University) Baltimore MD

Specializing In:
Bariatric Medicine, Internal Medicine


Board Certification(s):

  • American Board of Obesity Medicine

  • American Board of Internal Medicine

Professional Memberships:

  • The Obesity Society, American Society of Bariatric & Metabolic Surgeons, Obesity Medicine Association, Obesity Action Coalition

Awards/Special Recognitions:

  • 2016 to present
    Medical Director, Weight Management Clinic, Sun Coast Bariatrics
  • 2015
    Nationwide Model practice Awarded to my clinic “Obesity Treatment for Uninsured/Low Income Populations”    by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington DC      
  • 2014
    Awarded 1st Place in the Obesity Treatment Foundation competition at the ASBP Overcoming Obesity 2014 conference in Austin, TX
  • 2014
    Nationwide Promising practice Awarded to my clinic “Obesity Treatment for Uninsured/Low Income Populations”   by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) in Washington DC
  • 2013
    Prudential Davis award from Gov. Rick Scott, Tallahassee FL
  • 2010-2016
    Medical Director, Obesity Clinic, Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County