Our Program

Dr. Mark Colquitt and Dr. Jonathan Ray created Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons to promote health and wellness by providing our patients the opportunity to achieve an obesity-free life and empower them through education, motivation and the highest quality medical care in a compassionate and supportive environment.

Our program is a collaboration between Foothills Weight Loss Specialists and Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville, TN. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is accredited as Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program

Our program offers a multidisciplinary team approach that includes certified bariatric surgeons, patient advocates, bariatric and designated coordinators, a registered dietician, an exercise physiologist, a behavioral health psychiatrist and the patient.

Our Foothills Weight Loss Surgeons

Dr. Mark A. Colquitt, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Colquitt was born in Knoxville, Tenn. He completed four years of active duty in the Navy as a surgeon prior to returning to East Tennessee in 1994.

Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee, Memphis
Residency: Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.; Yale University, School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Board Certified: General Surgery
Member:
 Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Member, The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Dr. Jonathan H. Ray MD, FACS, FASMBS

Originally from Thibodaux, La., Dr. Ray began his practice in Maryville in 1988.

Undergraduate: Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La.
Medical School: LSU Medical School, New Orleans
Residency: Charity Hospital System, New Orleans
Fellowship: Memorial Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla.
Board Certified: General Surgery
Member: 
Fellow, American College of Surgeons; Fellow, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery; Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Meet Our Team

Mary Bivens, LPN
Dr. Ray’s Nurse
Trista Prater, RN
Dr. Colquitt’s Nurse
Tracie Kitts
Patient Advocate & Medical Assistant for Dr. Ray
Ashley Dalton
Patient Advocate for Dr. Colquitt
Brianna Walker
Bariatric Seminar Coordinator
Lisa Bellah
Front Desk
Wendy Crawford
Office Manager
Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery Team

Rachel Ignomirello, MS, RDN, LDN,   Clinical Dietitian

Melissa Litton, RN
Fort Sanders Bariatric Coordinator

Sean Hagstrom Bariatric Weight Mgmt. Supervisor Fort Sanders Health & Fitness