Meet Your Bariatric Specialist Team
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.
Andrea (Mickie) Fink, BSN, RN
Bariatric Program Coordinator
Mickie is your first point of contact as you decide if bariatric surgery is right for you. She will answer your questions about the process including your insurance eligibility verification, help you navigate the pre-surgery health assessments and generally hold your hand throughout along the way.
Mickie has been with UM Capital Region for many years. She has always had an interest in weight loss and thought about becoming a dietician/nutritionist early in her career. She joined Dr. Rickford’s Bariatric Program because she understands how hard it is to lose weight and keep it off and how frustrating it can be to not see the scale move – or worse, watch it move in the wrong direction. Mickie struggled with weight for most of her adult life so feels she can relate with her patients, especially after finally losing over 80 pounds herself.
Mickie’s role as the Bariatric Coordinator includes scheduling and managing the information sessions that are required prior to scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rickford and overseeing the support groups that provide a safe environment for patients to share their experiences and help each other stay on track.
Surgical Physician Assistant
Bariatric Medical Assistant
Vikisha Fripp, MD, FACS
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Fripp is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. She performs the full range of cosmetic body procedures including breast augmentation, reduction and lifts, buttock lifts, abdominoplasty and body contouring.
Dr. Fripp has a special interest in body contouring and surgical removal of excess skin after massive weight loss. She works closely with bariatric surgeons to help their patients look their best after significant weight loss.
Dr. Fripp is also well-known for her breast reduction techniques that help women with extremely large breasts experience immediate relief from back, shoulder and neck pain and, for many and for the first time, be able to buy bras and blouses off-the-rack. “These women have suffered for so long, that even being able to get down to a ‘single letter’ bra size is life-changing!”