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Hospital Affiliations

  • Lake Norman Regional Medical Center

T. Ryan Heider, MD

Clinical Interests: Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Gastric Adjustable Banding, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, Non-surgical weight management, Revisional Gastric Surgery

Meet Dr. Heider

Dr. Heider and the Lake Norman facility recently were awarded the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) by The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. The BSCOE designation enables patients to distinguish specific providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term follow-up care from those who do not.

Dr. Heider received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and completed his surgery training at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. While at UNC, he participated in a variety of advanced minimally invasive and laparoscopic procedures, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastrectomy and esophageal surgery. Dr. Heider is a certified LAP-BAND Total Care ChampionTMand board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He has also published numerous articles and completed extensive research in the area of advanced laparoscopic surgery. He was the first Charlotte-area surgeon to perform single-incision, “scarless” bariatric surgery and is one of only a few surgeons in the nation with the advanced training to perform the 90-minute procedure.


Hospital Affiliations

ALake Norman Regional Medical Center
171 Fairview Road
P.O. Box 3250
Mooresville, NC 28117
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Physician Group Locations

1The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Lake Norman - Mooresville
131 Medical Park Dr, Ste 303
Mooresville, NC 28117
Phone: (704) 660-4584
Fax: (704) 660-4967
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Credentials & Education

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery


  • Medical Education:
    • University of North Carolina School of M, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Residency:
    • General Surgery - University of North Carolina School of M, Chapel Hill, NC

Professional Experience

  • Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC
  • Presbyterian Hospital - Huntersville, Huntersville, NC
  • Huntersville Surgery Center, Huntersville, NC
  • Carolinas Medical Center - Northeast, Concord, NC
Success Stories


As much as he loves music, Vance's weight was getting in the way of his ability to perform. For one thing, he was afraid the stool he sat on during the sets wouldn't hold him.

So, there he was, somewhere between 405 and 410 pounds, and Vance's biggest worry was that he was looking old. Never mind that he had severe sleep apnea and "raised the roof" when he snored. Forget that he was taking insulin twice a day for diabetes, and medication for high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Finally, his wife became the voice of reality. She asked him if he'd rather have age or life. He agreed she had a point.

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Lisa didn't like going out to eat with her family. She was always afraid they'd seat her in a booth--and she wouldn't fit. At her highest weight, she was 330 pounds.

When she went to bed at night, she'd worry about not getting up. Her fear was that her heart would stop and her body would shut down because of her weight.

At some point, she decided not to live this way any longer.

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It's never fun to struggle with weight. But in middle school and high school it's even harder. There are no cute clothes that come in a size 28. Lauren's weight held her back from too many things. She made every excuse possible to not go out with her friends.

Yet she was so surprised when her doctor suggested gastric bypass surgery, she cried. She didn't realize she was "that big"...because when she looked in the mirror, she saw someone else.

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