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East Cooper Bariatrics - TeamWe are a team of highly trained professionals who understand that weight loss can be a delicate topic and sometimes can feel unattainable. However, we understand that each patient is unique so we work with our team of specialists to provide a comprehensive approach to a weight loss plan that is right for each individual. Our team is dedicated to caring for each patient with every aspect of their weight loss journey.

East Cooper Bariatric Surgery offers a wide variety of weight loss options, both surgical and non-surgical treatment plans to include: laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, lap banding, gastric balloon, and other minimally-invasive procedures. The operations performed by our specialized physicians are safe, the outcomes reliable, and most importantly, the health and lives of our patients are vastly improved.

Our highly trained bariatric surgeons have truly changed the lives of their patients through their commitment to helping them achieve their weight loss goals. They have witnessed remarkable surgical outcomes such as: diabetes cured, high blood pressure resolved, and obstructive sleep apnea gone. Patients, who once struggled to walk down the block, are running half marathons. Parents and grandparents, who once faced difficulties playing with their children and grandchildren, have vastly improved lives from bariatric surgery. Now these same parents and grandparents are able to walk, run, and play with their families. If you are considering entering into a weight loss program to better your health & lifestyle, don’t wait!

Morris J. Washington, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Bariatric Surgeon

Photo of Dr. WashingtonDr. Morris Washington attended undergraduate school at the Sophie Davis Center for Biomedical Education of the City University of New York and went on to earn his MD degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He completed his residency in General Surgery and a Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.

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Jeannie Boyer, RD LD

Jeannie Boyer, RD, LD


Jeannie Boyer is a registered dietitian, licensed in South Carolina with over 10 years of experience with weight loss and weight management along with a background in clinical nutrition. She obtained her B.S. in nutrition from East Tennessee State University followed by a dietetic internship at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, GA. Jeannie spent many years working with a bariatric practice in California before moving back to the south and is excited to continue working with weight management.

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Sara Gail, RD, LD


Sara Gail is a South Carolina State Licensed Registered Dietitian. Sara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from The University of Alabama. She completed her dietetic internship at Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC.

Sara is passionate about nutrition. She is committed to guiding each patient towards optimal health through a balanced lifestyle, facilitating wholesome eating habits, encouraging physical activity, and promoting a positive relationship with food. She is devoted to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and versatile nutrition therapy to patients pursuing their health and wellness goals.

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Jared Umland

Jared Umland, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Jared Umland is a certified physician assistant, licensed in South Carolina with experience in both bariatric and general surgery. Before joining East Cooper's Bariatric Surgery Department in 2019, he worked for two years in bariatric and general surgery in Little Rock, Arkansas. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Central Arkansas where he received a B.S. in biology followed by his Master's Degree at Bethel University's PA program in Paris, TN.

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Cynthia Zwischenberger, BBA, MHA

Practice Manager