Skip to Content

UPMC Earns Second Comprehensive Center Accreditation for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery in Central Pa.


April 19, 2024

CARLISLE, Pa. — UPMC Carlisle has received accreditation as a Comprehensive Center from the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program®. This achievement showcases the determination to deliver safe, high- quality weight management care to central Pennsylvania residents. UPMC Carlisle joins UPMC Community Osteopathic as the second UPMC hospital in the region equipped for bariatric surgeries. UPMC Community Osteopathic renewed its accreditation in 2023, marking 16 years as a Comprehensive Center.

UPMC’s Comprehensive Center’s commitment to quality care begins with expertly trained staff and leadership of an experienced bariatric surgeon. The Comprehensive Centers are tasked with continuous review of surgical data as they continue improving the structure and outcomes expertise necessary to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care to all metabolic and bariatric patients. The Comprehensive Centers follow rigorous and defined standards of care that contribute to the success and safety of the program.

“This accreditation for UPMC Carlisle shows the determination of our staff to provide the highest quality in metabolic and bariatric care,” Joshua Etzel, D.O., general and bariatric surgeon at UPMC Carlisle said. “Our Comprehensive Centers at UPMC Carlisle and UPMC Community Osteopathic, as well as our expansive regional offices of medical/surgical weight loss offices, make personalized care for each patient accessible across the region.”

UPMC Central PA Weight Management Services offers a wide range of bariatric surgical options and an array of non-surgical weight loss resources and tools. UPMC has strategically reorganized offices to meet the goal of providing patient care for each patient to achieve their weight loss target in each community we serve. Through its two Comprehensive Centers and wide office footprint, the bariatrics team works together to determine the best course of treatment for each patient. Through self-referrals or physician referrals, the integrated staff guides patients to their closest office to begin treatment.

To learn more about weight management services in central Pennsylvania, visit

UPMC Carlisle Bariatric Accreditation

For Journalists

Michaela Vallonio

Appointments, Patient Information

Want to Make an Appointment or Need Patient Information? Contact UPMC at 1-800-533-8762.

Go to Find a Doctor to search for a UPMC provider.