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Bariatric Surgery »  Meet the Team »  Physician Assistants »  Christina Spina, PA-C., M.S.P.A.S., M.P.H.

Christina Spina, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH

Physician Assistant
Bariatric Surgery Program Coordinator

Contact Information

University of California, San Francisco
400 Parnassus Avenue, Rm A-655
San Francisco, CA 94143-0338
Phone: 415-353-2625
Fax: 415-353-2505
christina.spina@ucsfmedctr.org

Education

  • 2008-2011, Touro University, California, Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Public Health
  • 2007-2008, Midwestern University, Illinois, Master of Biomedical Sciences
  • 2003-2007, Miami University, B.A. in Zoology, with a concentration in Neuroscience

Board Certifications

  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) -Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C)

Program Affiliations

  • Program Coordinator, Bariatric Surgery Program
  • Data Collector, American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network Accreditation Program

Clinical Expertise

Research Interests

  • Bariatric Surgery Outcomes
  • Biography

    Christina Spina is a surgical physician assistant and program coordinator for the Bariatric Surgery Program at the University of California, San Francisco. She works directly with the bariatric surgeons to provide pre-operative surgical evaluations and immediate post-operative and long term follow-up care. She assists the bariatric surgeons in the operating room. Christina is also trained and certified in Lap Band port access and adjustment of gastric banding.

    Christina guides patients in preparation for bariatric surgery, providing patient education about the surgical weight loss procedures, post-operative dietary restrictions and nutritional supplementation, and appropriate weight loss after surgery. She facilitates a bariatric support group at UCSF for both pre- and post-bariatric surgery patients and their families that meets on a monthly basis.

    In 2011, Christina graduated from Touro University with Dual Masters degrees in Physician Assistant Studies and Public Health. She completed her clinical training at several hospitals and private practices with diverse patient populations throughout California.

    Christina is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is an active member of the California Academy of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

     

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