Meet Our Team

Our Bariatric Team

From your initial health evaluation to the day you reach your weight loss goal, we will be here for you. Our dedicated team at the Southern Regional Bariatric Center has advanced expertise in weight loss management. Our surgeons, care coordinator, and dietitian all play a special role in creating our unique program.

Our devoted team has studied, trained and practiced at prestigious hospitals and bariatric departments throughout the country and will help guide you through the entire weight loss surgery process -- from completing insurance forms before surgery to creating your personalized nutritional plan.

Our experts understand this is a life-changing decision and know how to help you and your loved ones every step of the way.

Karleena R. Tuggle, MD

Medical Director, Bariatric Surgeon

11 Upper Riverdale Road, SW
Surgery Suites, The Women's Center (Ground Floor)
Riverdale, GA 30274
For an appointment, call: 770-897-SLIM (7546)

Areas of Surgery

As a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Tuggle provides both surgical and medical assessment for weight loss treatment. She focuses on providing quality care to patients while educating them on maintaining a healthier lifestyle. Her areas of expertise include:
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Sleeve
  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bands
  • Laparoscopic Revisional Surgery
  • Endoscopy
Commitment to Excellence in Patient Care
Dr. Tuggle strives to develop long-term partnering relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Her bariatric program’s goal is to give patients the tools they need to be their healthiest and happiest selves. She prides herself on providing top quality patient care, compassion, and a commitment to excellence – all of which is accomplished with close collaboration between our staff, our patients, and their families.