Nancy Lum, Clinical Dietitian with the Saint Agnes Bariatric Surgery Program, discusses the importance of working with a dietitian who specializes in bariatric surgery food planning. She also addresses patients greatest fears concerning food intake leading up to and after weight loss surgery.

Meet Our Dietitians:
Nancy Lum, Bariatric Nutrition, StriveMD, GIBNC

Nancy Lum, RD, LDN, Owner, Founder


Welcome to the GI & Bariatric Nutrition Center, LLC (GIBNC).  Nancy’s passion is helping her clients overcome their food addictions and emotional eating behaviors and learn to love nutritious eating!  She understands the enormous challenges with changing years of habits that do not serve us.  Her goal is to help her clients love and embrace a better approach to food.  Nancy is certified in Nutrition for Mental Health through Evergreen Certifications.  


Nancy Lum is a licensed, registered, Dietitian nutritionist specializing in GI and weight loss.  She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a bachelor’s in science, and nutrition.  She was accepted into the University of Maryland Medical System UMMS internship.  Nancy developed and ran the Bariatric nutrition program at Sinai Hospital from 2004-2010. She worked in multiple disciplines.  She specialized in GI, general, and surgical weight loss.  She owns The GI and Bariatric Nutrition Center which services multiple physicians’ patients. Nancy is currently seeing bariatric patients and patients with multiple GI diagnoses, diabetic, cardiac, eating disorders, and general weight loss clients, as well as overall health improvement. Nancy and Dawn O’Meally, LCSW-C  teamed up and have delivered powerful Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) group classes to attack the underlying issues such as sabotaging, habits, and thinking that contribute to weight and poor health.  She has over 19 years of experience in the field.  



Certified by the; Board of Dietetic Practice of the State of Maryland

Member of the; American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Member of the; American Dietetic Association


University of Maryland Medical System Hospital, Baltimore, MD (Internship 2002)

University Of Maryland, College Park, MD (BS 2001)

Montgomery College, Germantown, MD (AA 1998)

* St Agnes Hospital is a recognized Center of Excellence

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Laura Saunders, RD, LDN



Laura has been a Registered, Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist since 2001. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from Morgan State University and completed her dietetic internship with Sodexho Marriott at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She was awarded the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics as well as the Distinguished Alumni award by Morgan State University. Laura has worked in a variety of settings including corporate, clinical and community with a particular interest in weight management.


Laura is a Real Estate Agent and Certified Master Gardener.  When Laura is not playing in dirt in her garden, she enjoys spending time with her family and planning events to bring people together. She is also active in her community and volunteers with several organizations. 

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