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Dale Sloan, MD, FACS

Surgical Medical Director, Bariatric Center

Dale Sloan, MD, FASMBS

A native of Kendallville, Ind., and a life-long Hoosier, DALE A. SLOAN, MD, FACS, joined Lutheran Medical Group in July 2013. Previously, he was a member of Indiana Surgical Specialists. Dr. Sloan, who is a board-certified surgeon, is trained in bariatric surgery, advanced laparoscopic techniques and endocrine surgery, including parathyroid and thyroid procedures. He is medical director of the Lutheran Bariatric Center, a program he started in 2005

Dr. Sloan earned a bachelor's degree at Indiana Wesleyan University in 1975 and a medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1979. He completed a surgical internship and residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis in 1980 and 1984, respectively. He has been a practicing surgeon in Fort Wayne since 1984.

Over the years, Dr. Sloan has been featured in various publications, including "The American Surgeon," "Contemporary Surgery" and "The Journal of the Indiana State Medical Society," and he has frequently been recognized as a "Top Doc" in Fort Wayne, an acknowledgment bestowed by his peers. In 2004, he received "Top Gun" honors by taking first place in the laparoscopic skills competition at the American College of Surgeons' annual meeting.

Dr. Sloan is a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of the American Society of General Surgeons, the Indiana State Medical Association and the Fort Wayne Medical Society. Dr. Sloan, who is an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor, co-leads a surgical missions' team to the Dominic Republic each year.

Member of the medical staff at Lutheran Hospital.

Laverne Miller, MD

Medical Director, Bariatric and Weight Management Centers

Laverne Miller, MD

Laverne Miller, MD, a board-certified family medicine physician, is medical director of two Lutheran weight loss programs, the bariatric program (medical portion) and the Optifast program. Dr. Miller guides patients through their weight-loss journey, addressing health issues, such as medication adjustments, vitamin deficiencies and weight-gain after surgery, and answering questions.

Dr. Miller graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1972 and a medical degree in 1975. He completed a three-year family medicine residency at Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pa., in 1978. Dr. Miller returned to his hometown of Hicksville, Ohio, in 1981, where he established a full-time family medicine practice that includes general medicine, obstetrics and pediatrics. Dr. Miller fulfilled a special interest in obesity management when he became associated with Lutheran’s Optifast program in 2007. He became medical director in 2010.

Dr. Miller, who was named Ohio Family Physician of the Year in 2001, spends time away from the office serving on mission trips in countries such as Costa Rica, Israel and Paraguay. He has served on the board of Christian Aid Ministries, Inc., in Berlin, Ohio, since 1994.

Dr. Miller is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Geriatrics Society and the American Medical Directors Association (The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine).

Independent member of the medical staff at Lutheran Hospital.