UM Capital is privileged to have one of the area's foremost experts in minimally invasive bariatric surgery as the Medical Director of our program. Board-certified bariatric specialist Dr. Marc S. Rickford joined UM Capital with the specific intention of creating a world-class program to serve the residents of Prince George's County and the surrounding areas. He has hand-selected his team of bariatric support specialists, from the program coordinator and nutritionist to his surgical medical surgical physician assistants, with the mission of helping his patients achieve permanent weight loss and a healthier life.

Marc S. Rickford, MD, FACS

General Surgeon, Bariatric Specialist

Dr. Marc S. Rickford is a general surgeon and bariatric specialist with extensive experience in minimally invasive techniques for both bariatric procedures and complex hernia repair.

Being able to perform bariatric surgeries using minimally invasive and laparoscopic techniques was a game changer for weight loss surgery, and a key reason why Dr. Rickford decided to specialize in it. "Open bariatric surgeries expose the patient to more complications because of the stress on the body, the length of hospital stay and the high incidence of hernias after the procedure. With laparoscopic techniques, the length of stay is usually just one overnight, the patient is up and walking in 6 hours, and they experience significantly less post-operative pain."

Dr. Rickford specializes in minimally invasive Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, "Roux-en-Y gastric bypass" (RYGB) and Adjustable Gastric Banding, all performed laparoscopically.

Dr. Rickford is the Medical Director of UM Capital Region Health’s Bariatric Surgery program and has built the program based on his 15+ years of experience in bariatric surgery and over 2500 successful bariatric procedures. He has developed protocols for a general bariatric program that include health and psychological assessment and nutritional counseling to help ensure a high success rate and offer his patients a longer, healthier life.

Mishawn English

Practice Manager

Cathy Akers Todd, RN, MSN

Bariatric Program Coordinator

Francis Dent, RMA, CMA, LIE, EMT

Bariatric Medical Assistant 

Angelica Morales-Garcia

Bariatric Medical Assistant

Darshieda Thompson

Surgical Scheduler

Danielle Ward, RMA, CMA

Office Coordinator