Todd Mason McCarty, MD, passed away on March 28, 2020, at the age of 57. He was born in Greeley, CO, on August 25, 1962. Todd grew up in Johnstown and graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1980. He was a gifted student, he received his medical degree from UT Southwestern, garnering many academic awards along the way as well as receiving the highest scores on multiple nationally ranked exams. Dr. McCarty began performing bariatric surgery in 1998 after completing 8 years of surgical training. He trademarked and patented the Mini sleeve and was experienced with complex revision surgery. He was one of the first surgeons in the nation to integrate laparoscopy into bariatric surgery, introducing laparoscopic gastric bypass and later laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy. He was dedicated to improvements in patient care, authored more than 50 scholarly articles, 9 book chapters and was frequently invited as an expert speaker and author. He trained hundreds of surgeons spanning over 20 states including many bariatric surgeons in DFW. Together with his wife Crystal Dawn McCarty, whom he married on August 10, 2015, Dr. McCarty had a successful career in bariatric surgery at his practice, McCarty Weight Loss Center & Lakewood Aesthetics. He was an ASMBS Master Surgeon of Excellence and a member of the Texas Medical Association. Dr. McCarty was a leader in his field and his many contributions will continue to benefit the medical community for years to come. Dr. McCarty had many passions outside of the professional realm. He had an appreciation for nature, well known for his love of dogs, gardening, painting and being outside working the grill. He loved studying science and building rockets, and could just as easily be found playing chess or cribbage as watching the UFC. He was a dedicated husband, father and surgeon, putting his whole heart into everything he did. Dr. McCarty was preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Mason McCarty and Delores Jenean Donahue. He is survived by his wife Crystal Dawn McCarty, sons Cristopher Mason McCarty, Brian Patrick McCarty and Joshua Jadon Brown, and his sister Robyn Allyson Herman. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and colleagues. A celebration of life will be planned for Dr. McCarty at a future date, but in the interim the family invites you to share a favorite memory or story about Todd in the comments below, and if you are able to, make a donation to a charity of your choice in his honor.
The McCarty Weight Loss Center is excited to introduce Dr. Leah Dill as our new Bariatric surgeon. Dr. Dill has performed over 6,000 minimally invasive surgical procedures and has extensive experience in obesity, endoscopy, anti-reflux, and laparoscopic procedures. She also has 16 years’ surgical experience as well as tremendous compassion for patients and their total wellness.
Dr. Dill completed her general surgery residency at Oklahoma State University. During her residency training she chose to focus on her passion for bariatric surgery. She has also completed two mini-fellowships, one at Duke University School of Medicine in bariatric surgery and a second sponsored by Ethicon Endosurgery. She earned her doctorate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, and is board certified in general surgery through the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery.
Dr. Dill practiced as a general surgeon for over five years before previously joining Texas Bariatric Specialists in San Antonio and was held the title of the co-director in the Heartburn Center of South Texas. She is an expert in treating management of acid reflux and heartburn, as well as being one of just a few surgeons in Texas that are certified in the placement of the LINX Reflux Management System. She also has been the featured expert on the CW-33 “Best Doc’s Network” and received the “Patient’s Choice Award” in both 2010 and 2011. Dr. Dill enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter when she has free time from changing lives.
In addition to her expertise, Dr. Dill is currently an active member of:
• The Texas Medical Association
• The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
• The American College of Osteopathic Surgeons
• The Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Crystal is Dr. Leah Dill’s assistant and was previously Dr. McCarty’s assistant for 6 years. She has over 11 years’ experience in surgery. She is a strong patient advocate and guides patients to stay on track through their follow up appointments in order to reach their goals. Crystal also performs aesthetic injections for Lakewood Aesthetics, is the administrator for both clinics, and manages marketing for our practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and competing in dog agility.
Tina is our Registered Dietitian. She is compassionate, knowledgeable, and assists all of our patients in consistent plans to help them achieve their goals. Tina will meet with you via phone or in person prior to surgery, 6 weeks after surgery, and long-term if needed to help you get on the right track. In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, camping, puzzles, book group, Zumba, and home improvement projects.
Melissa is in charge of billing for our practice . Melissa has extensive knowledge with insurance and billing and is always happy to assist patients with understanding their benefits and insurance benefits. She can thoroughly explain your benefits as well as answer any questions you have regarding billing. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, movies, and new adventures.
Hazell is our Insurance Patient Advocate, insurance can be daunting and confusing, but her sweet disposition helps patients with the completion of criteria and works towards getting surgery and benefits approval. She is an expert in assisting our patients get their surgery approved through insurance.
Chelsea is our Medical Assistant and is vital in assisting patients in their pre and post-operative needs. She is a helpful guide and a very knowledgeable resource for our patients should they have any questions. Chelsea is also Lakewood Aesthetic’s esthetician resident skin care expert and aesthetics manager. She possesses extensive knowledge of creating a customized treatment for her patients as well as many treatments specific to various skin types and conditions. She also coordinates and guides patients through personal customized consultations for hair, skin, ,beauty needs, and injections.
Whitney is our surgery scheduler and strives to be a compassionate patient advocate. We understand that scheduling procedures and surgery can be scary, but Whitney is here to ensure a smooth process to help you reach your goals!