Our Team

Our Bariatric Surgery team is here to help you and your teen manage his or her journey to health.

Bariatric Surgeons

Dr. Ruben Rodriguez is a general and thoracic pediatric surgeon whose primary practice is at Texas Children’s Hospital – The Woodlands. His focus is on complex gastrointestinal surgery with a specific interest in minimally invasive approaches. He specializes in surgeries for Inflammatory Bowel… read more
Phone: 936-267-7333 (The Woodlands)
Dr. Shawn J. Stafford entered medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina after serving an eight-year enlistment in the United States Navy. He went on to complete a residency at Louisiana State University. During his time at LSU he was involved in research looking at angiogenesis and… read more
Phone: 936-267-7333 (The Woodlands) | 281-812-0280 (Kingwood)

Medical Director

My aim is to work closely with patients and family to provide compassionate and comprehensive care. I understand that each patient has individualized needs and I work to understand those needs. Clinical Interests: I enjoy caring for children and adolescents with diabetes as well as general… read more
Phone: 936-267-7500

Physician Assistants

When it comes to healthcare, I believe that each patient has unique circumstances that should be taken into consideration when establishing a plan of care. As healthcare providers, our mission is to arm patients with evidence based treatment options that afford them the knowledge and guidance to… read more
Phone: 936-267-7167
Jocelyn attended University of Buffalo – SUNY where she obtained her nutrition advanced certificate and Master’s degree in clinical nutrition. With this degree, she practiced as a dietitian for three years before going on to become a physician assistant. She attended Eastern Virginia Medical School… read more
Phone: 936-267-7200
Michael loves to educate and spend as much time as needed with patients teaching them about diagnoses, treatment plans and making sure they get all the answers they need. Michael White is board certified as a Physician Assistant through the National Commission on Certification of Physician… read more
Phone: 737-220-8200

Clinical Coordinator


Dr. Franklin is a pediatric psychologist that specializes in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing techniques to address adolescent mental health concerns. Through the Department of Adolescent Medicine she sees patients with mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. Dr.… read more
Phone: 936-267-6300
Dr. Washington is a Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine\Texas Children's Hospital. She is a pediatric psychologist specializing in chronic health conditions in underserved populations. Dr. Washington serves as a psychology liaison to the Sickle Cell/… read more
Phone: 832-822-3700

Social Worker

Jessavia Sampson is a licensed clinical social worker at Texas Children's Hospital who is experienced in treating adolescents with eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders. Sampson serves as the behavioral health clinician for the Bariatric Surgery Program, providing cognitive-behavioral based… read more
Phone: 936-267-7333 (Clinic) | 832-828-4136 (Direct Line)


Sarah is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics. She has experience working with competitive athletes, weekend warriors, and Olympic athletes. Her professional interests include pediatric weight and lipid management, endurance athletes, and supporting female… read more
Phone: 832-227-7678
Phone: 936-267-7333
Katelyn is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatrics. She is passionate about empowering patients and their families to make healthy lifestyle changes through nutrition education. She strives to provide the best quality of care by staying abreast of the latest research and… read more
Phone: 936-267-7333 (Clinic) | 936-267-7047 (Direct Line)