Meet our Providers
Banner Gateway Medical Center is proud to introduce our bariatric surgeons, all of whom are trained in the latest techniques for weight-loss surgery.
David Podkameni, MD
|Rob Schuster, MD|
Chief of Staff, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Dr. Schuster, received his medical degree from the University of Colorado, and completed residency training in general surgery at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and a fellowship as a clinical instructor in minimally invasive surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
|Al Chen, MD|
Chief of Surgery, Banner Gateway Medical Center
Dr. Chen received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, completed residency training at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, served as a trauma surgeon at Luke Air Force Base, and completed a fellowship in bariatrics/advanced laparoscopy at Carolinas Medical Center.
Michelle Thomas, FNP-BC
Michelle is a licensed family nurse practitioner, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and her master’s degree in nursing from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing in Newark. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.