Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America

Saving lives one grant at a time

Welcome Dr. John Oldham to the WLSFA Network of Care and Welcome Grant Recipient Jackie Jackson!

We are happy to announce our eighth grant recipient Ms. Jackie Jackson. Jackie is the last grant recipient to be approved from our first grant cycle that ran from August 15 of 2011 until December 31st. Like many, Jackie’s struggled to gain access to weight loss surgery with no success. Like many her insurance exempted any medical treatment for obesity. Jackie’s bariatric surgeon Dr.John Oldham referred Jackie to our grant program and told us how Jackie regularly attends their monthly support meeting and had never given up hope of getting surgery. We are so pleased to welcome Dr. Oldham and Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates the into the WLSFA network of care.

In Jackie’s own words…




My name is Jackie Jackson. I’m 36 years old. I live in Louisville Kentucky. I am a hardworking mother of two children one of which has special needs.I am currently employed at Josephs Salon and Spa were my profession is manicures and pedicures and I love my job! I am currently pursuing a vertical sleeve surgery with Dr. Oldham at Baptist East Hospital. It has been four years and counting that I have been fighting to get this surgery done. Unfortunately I have an exclusion in my insurance plan. I went through several appeals to try and get my weight loss surgery approved with no success. I felt like there was no place left to turn. I had exhausted all of my options. I was out of ideas and trying not to give up hope. I was surfing a website called obesityhelp.com and came across the WLSFA and the story of the twin sisters who had gone through many of the things I was going though trying to get weight loss surgery. I learned that Connie received a grant from the foundation. I thought what are the chances of me trying this? So I applied for a grant after my Dr. Referred me to the grant program. Little did I know I would be approved for a grant! With the help of the WLSFA, Dr. John Oldham and Karen Sparks the bariatric coordinator at Baptist East Hospital. I will achieve my goals. It’s all about the support and how determined I am through my journey. With the help of the WLSFA, I never would have dreamed in a million years I would be were I am at today. I look forward to the time when I can reap the benefits from this surgery. I want to thank everyone who has supported me from the beginning and continues to support me throughout this process. I’m thankful to have helped alot of people now and will continue to help others through my new journey soon to come. I know this surgery will save my life. It doesnt stop here! Sincerely Jackie Jackson

About Dr. John Oldham and Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates
John S. Oldham, Jr., MD, FACS, FASMBS
Dr. Oldham is a talented surgeon devoted to providing his patients with the most modern, professional care. He earned his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at Wright State University in Dayton. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Dr. Oldham practiced privately for three years in Central Kentucky before concentrating his advanced laparoscopic skills on bariatric surgery. Dr. Oldham, an Owensboro, Kentucky native, is a member of numerous respectable professional societies including the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Kentucky Medical Association, Lexington Medical Society, Jefferson County Medical Association, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.

In 2003, Dr. Oldham and Dr. G. Derek Weiss joined together in Central Kentucky to form Bluegrass Bariatric Surgical Associates. Since the formation of Bluegrass Bariatrics in 2003, Drs. Weiss and Oldham have performed over 6000 primary minimally invasive bariatric surgeries and bariatric surgery continues to remain the exclusive focus of their practice. Their excellent results have lead to their expansion throughout the state. Our doctors are proud to be able to offer the safest, 100% minimally invasive, state of the art weight loss surgery throughout the Commonwealth. We are the only Bariatric Surgical practice devoted entirely to weight loss surgery and the only surgeons who have met the stringent criteria to be BLIS surgeons.

The WLSFA is still actively raising funds to complete funding of Jackie’s Grant. Please consider donating today!






The Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America is a 501(C)3 Public Charity
If you have questions please contact the WLSFA:
On the web: http://wlsfa.org
Phone:657-229-5732

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1 Comment

  1. Congratulations to Jackie! I am so happy for you! I am so glad that an organization like this exists and it is wonderful!! I think our insurance companies are wrong for not helping more people get WLS. I had to pay for mine in Mexico and I barely had the money to do it but I know there are some people out there that can’t even scrap up the extra money to go to Mexico. I never thought I could afford it even in MX but I got lucky. I am SO glad you are getting surgery and I hope it’s everything you want it to be. The VSG is a great surgery and I’m so very pleased with mine. I wish you ALL of the best in your upcoming surgery and hope everything goes great for you.

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