About Us 

The staff at CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care strive to make your bariatric surgical experience pleasant from start to finish. We take our roles as educators and support persons seriously as we aim to help you achieve your greatest goals. Our practice is 100% dedicated to providing bariatric care. 

Dr. Ponce was very nice and personable. He answered all my questions and had a sincere interest in me and my weight loss. Everyone in his staff is very nice and friendly.

Meet Dr. Ponce

Jaime Ponce, MD, received his medical degree from I.T.E.S.M. School of Medicine in Monterrey, Mexico. He completed his general surgery residency at East Tennessee State University and has been practicing bariatric surgery since 1998. He has extensive experience with the laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, gastric sleeve procedures, endoscopic procedures like the intragastric balloon, revisional surgeries and gastric bypass.

Dr. Ponce served as president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) from 2012-2013 and was vice president and founding member of the ASMBS Tennessee State Chapter. From from 2013-2014, he  served as resident of the International Federation for Surgery of Obesity North America Chapter. Dr. Ponce is the medical director of CHI Memorial's Weight Management Center, a Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP®) Center. He served as medical director of the bariatric surgery program at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, Georgia. 

Dr. Ponce has treated thousands of morbidly obese patients and has dedicated his career to advocate and support obesity care by working with insurance companies and lawmakers to establish better policies for the surgical treatment of obesity. 

Known throughout the country, he was the principal investigator for the ReShape weight loss balloon clinical trials, and for the "C" trial with the Lap-Band® and the Swedish (Realize™) Band trial. He has spoken internationally about his research and trained hundreds of surgeons. 



Dr. Ponce has trained surgeons and allied health staff across the U.S. and  internationally.



Dr. Ponce has been a passionate advocate for patient rights and better access to bariatric surgery.



Dr. Ponce has been a consultant for the makers of gastric banding devices, balloon devices and many others.

Meet Brooke

Brooke Henson, FNP-C, is a nurse practitioner and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Southern Adventist University. She serves as our Bariatric Surgery Clinical Nurse Coordinator. She has been employed by CHI Memorial Metabolic and Bariatric Care since 2002.

Brooke performs laparoscopic gastric banding adjustments and coordinates patient education and support groups. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Tennessee Chapter for the ASMBS, the Obesity Action Coalition, and is a member of the National Association for Bariatric Nurses.