About Our Program

Start enjoying life again

If you've tried various diets and nothing has worked, consider weight loss surgery at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery. Weight loss surgery is recognized as an attractive and viable treatment option for those who are morbidly obese. According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, millions of Americans and people worldwide are overweight or obese. Being overweight or obese puts you at risk for many health issues such as:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain cancers
  • Breathing issues

Fortunately, we are here to help you every step of the way on the path to achieving the weight you desire.

Whatever your reasons, we can help

Let us help find the option that is best for your needs

The physicians associated with the hospital's program have performed thousands of weight-loss surgeries. Contact us by phone at 972-543-1250, or email weightloss@thcds.com, if you have any questions or if you are ready to schedule a consultation.

Our Doctors

A. Joseph Cribbins, III, MD 

Joseph (Joe) Cribbins was born and raised in Connecticut. He graduated from Fairfield College Preparatory School, Jesuit academy in 1987 with honors. He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude and deans list in 1991. From 1991 to 1995 he attended The University of Pittsburgh Medical School, winning the Orazio Dimaura scholarship for Students of Medicine, the Dr. J. Behan Prize for Outstanding Student of Surgery, and was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha, a prestigious medical society open only to the top academic students who also show promise for leadership in their field and commitment to service to their community.

In 1995 he began his general surgical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. During his time at Northwestern, he won the Dr. Harold L. Method Surgical award for outstanding performance as a resident displaying surgical skill, empathy and understanding towards patients and dedication to their care.

In 2000 he moved to Texas and began his private practice. Initially focusing in general surgery and open gastric bypass operations, he later became the third surgeon in the Dallas area to offer Laparoscopic Gastric Bands in 2002. He currently performs Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypasses, Laparoscopic Band Operations and Weight Loss Surgery Revisions. He continues to maintain a busy general surgical and advanced laparoscopic practice. He has been Voted Best of Dallas in D Magazine.


Keli McCalman, DO 

Keli McCalman, D.O.A Texas native, Dr. McCalman began preparing for excellence in surgery by graduating Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2003. She went on to earn her degree in Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2007 from the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. McCalman completed her General Surgery Internship and Residency through the Michigan State program at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills.  In 2012, she accepted a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery with the prestigious Dr. Karl LeBlanc at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Completing this intensive training, Dr. McCalman joined a practice in Beaumont, Texas, during which time she was asked to serve as Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas. She created a Bariatric Committee at the hospital and was recognized by her peers by being awarded the distinction of Comprehensive Bariatric Center (formerly known as a Center of Excellence) designation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) in 2015.

Getting Started

Once you have decided that weight loss surgery may be the right option for you, we ask that you schedule a consultation with our physicians. The consultation provides critical information to help you on your path toward a healthier life. Your consultation is the foundation of your weight loss journey as it will give you an idea of:

  • Whether you qualify for surgery
  • Which procedure may be right for you
  • Steps to get ready
  • The staff that will be helping you throughout the process
  • Resources for your added success
  • During your consultation, you will meet with several members of the team including your surgeon and nurse. We assess your ability to safely have surgery as well as answer questions about the process after surgery and the dedication it will take to lead a new lifestyle in order to be successful long term.

Payment Options

Insurance: For patients who have insurance, the first and most important requirement is to know if your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery. You will also want to find out what requirements your insurance company has in order to pre-approve you for the specific procedure in which you are interested. Insurance companies generally have strict qualification standards and knowing these standards beforehand can be very helpful in ensuring a smooth insurance process.

Cash Pay: The physicians associated with our program offer flat rates for bariatric surgical services in order to reduce your total-out-of pocket expense. Cash pay patients should speak to the patient coordinator for the specific rates. Additionally, we strive to offer assistance with payment plans should you wish to finance your surgery.

Ready to take the next step?

Contact us for additional information

To schedule a consultation, please call 972-543-1250 or send an email to weightloss@thcds.com.