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New Medical Director Leads Northern Light Surgical Weight Loss

Date: 02/08/2024

Sharbaugh-200S200-(1).jpgBangor, Maine (February 8, 2024) — For more than 35 years, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center has helped people reshape their lives through a comprehensive weight loss surgery program. The medical center is pleased to share that Matthew Sharbaugh, DO, bariatric surgeon, Northern Light Surgical Weight Loss, recently accepted the position of medical director for the program.

“Obesity is a disease that affects every aspect of your well-being,” says Dr. Sharbaugh. “It can lead to other conditions such as heart disease, type II diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke and cancer. For patients that suffer from chronic issues because of their weight, surgery may be a good option when diet and exercise alone doesn’t help.”

Dr. Sharbaugh is certified by the American Board of Surgery and joined the team at Northern Light in 2019 to share his expertise in advanced robotic surgery for weight loss, gastrointestinal surgery, and abdominal wall reconstruction. He earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford and completed an internship and residency in General Surgery at MedStar Georgetown and Washington Hospital Center. At Albany Medical Center in New York, he received fellowship training in bariatric and advanced gastrointestinal surgery, as well as robotic abdominal wall reconstruction.

“I am honored to lead the team and build on the legacy of our surgical weight loss program as we continue to provide sustainable solutions to patients who struggle with their weight,” continues Dr. Sharbaugh.

Northern Light Surgical Weight Loss supports patients throughout their weight loss journey, by providing access to registered dietitians, specialized nurses, physical therapists, and psychologists. Individuals attend support groups, and work with Dr. Sharbaugh to determine which procedure is the best choice for them. To learn more, visit