New Director of Health Weight Management Services

June 9, 2021

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Erica Ibendahl has accepted the position as Medical Director of SSM Health Weight Management Services – Centralia following the resignation of Dr. Deepu Sudhakaran who is relocating to be closer to his family.

In this new role Dr. Ibendahl will provide professional oversight and direction to the Weight Management Services program. Since the creation of the program in 2015, the surgeons have performed a combined 800+ surgeries.

Dr. Ibendahl is a Bariatric and Board-Certified General Surgeon who has been with SSM Health Medical Group and the Weight Management program for three years, having joined the program following a Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at Menora Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas.

She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Southern Illinois Medical Association.

Upon accepting the Medical Director position, Dr. Ibendahl shared, “I am grateful for the confidence shown by SSM in appointing me to this position. I intend to build upon the program’s growth and success.”

Dr. Ibendahl lives in Nashville with her husband Drew and their two children.

For more information about SSM Weight Management Services in Centralia, please call 618-436-8300.

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