Christina Sanders, DO, MBA, FACS, FACOS, FASMBS | Medical Director | Bariatric & General Surgeon
Dr. Christina Sanders is the Medical Director of ECMC Synergy Bariatrics. Dr. Sanders is a board certified general and bariatric surgeon who performs laparoscopic gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. She also performs advanced laparoscopic and robotic procedures focusing on reflux, the GI tract and hernia repair. Dr. Sanders joined the UBMD surgery group in 2018 and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University at Buffalo. She is working with Synergy Bariatrics at ECMC.
Dr. Sanders received her medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. She completed an internship and residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Dr. Sanders is a member of several professional societies and has presented at many national conferences. She also expects to complete her MBA, in Healthcare Management at Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School in 2019.
Misty A. Hofert, MS, PA-C | Bariatric Physician Assistant
Misty Hofert is responsible for assisting our bariatric surgeons during procedures, as well as providing follow-up care after surgery.
Certified by the National Commission on Certification by Physician Assistants and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Prior to joining the Synergy Bariatrics team, she completed MS and BS degrees in physician assistant studies from DʼYouville College.
Liam Knott, MD | General & Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Knott is a board certified general and bariatric surgeon who performs a range of advanced procedures for patients with weight-loss goals. He also focuses on those patients suffering from conditions of the GI tract, gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn). He has significant experience in all hernias of the abdominal wall, as well as advanced training in complex incisional hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction. He specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He has certifications in bariatric, endoscopic, and laparoscopic surgery.
Dr. Knott worked with Surgical Associates of Western New York, PC, from 2018 to 2021. Since fall of 2021, he has worked with Synergy Bariatrics at ECMC, as well as with the UBMD Surgery group in Williamsville for general surgery patients.
Dr. Knott completed his undergraduate studies at Canisius College and earned his medical degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Both his internship and residency were completed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. His fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Robotic, and Bariatric Surgery was finished at Albany Medical Center. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Western New York Chapter; SAGES; Erie County Medical Society; and the Buffalo Surgical Society.
Jennifer Turesky, MS, RDN, CDN, CDE | Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator
Jennifer Turesky is a registered dietitian nutritionist, certified dietitian/nutritionist, and certified diabetes educator. As Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Synergy Bariatrics, she supports bariatric patients with their nutrition and weight loss goals, both pre- and post-surgery. She also facilitates bariatric support groups.
With over 10 years of professional experience, Jennifer is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the New York State Dietetic Association, the Western New York Dietetic Association, The American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Western New York Association of Diabetes Educators.
She holds a BS and MS in Dietetics from DʼYouville College.