Meet Our Team 2017-05-11T16:32:34+00:00

Dr. Stelios Rekkas MD FACS


Dr Rekkas was raised in Anna Maria Island, Florida.  After graduating from Manatee High School he went on to graduate with high honors from the University of Florida.  He later went on to attended medical school  at Florida State University.  He completed his General Surgery residency was at Mount Sinai Medical Center and later completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and Robotic Surgery at Jackson Hospital in Miami, Florida.  

He specializes in Minimally Invasive Surgeries that provide less scaring, pain and quicker recovery to his patients.  He also is one of the few surgeons in Florida that performs Robotic Surgery using the daVinci Robotic Surgery Platform.

  • Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery
  • Fellowship trained in Minimally Invasive, Robotic and Bariatric Surgery
  • Director of Bariatric Surgery at Manatee Memorial Hospital
  • Designated Robotic Surgical Proctor on the daVinci Surgical Platform

Dr. Alfredo Cordova MD


Alfredo Cordova, MD, is a board-certified General Surgeon who earned his medical degree in Lima, Peru. He trained as a general surgery resident at the Lahey Clinic, Tufts University, and served as chief resident at Henry Ford Hospital. He completed a clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a post-doctoral research associate at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cordova holds an appointment as a clinical assistant professor in Surgery and Family Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University and serves as a Major in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army.

His surgical services include minimally invasive surgery, hernia repair, breast, endocrine surgery, colon and rectal surgery and flexible endoscopy.

Dr. Angel Llanio DO

DLlanior. Llanio received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He completed his Family Medicine residency at Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida, where he was Chief Resident. Dr. Llanio’s professional memberships include the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians and The American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Llanio speaks fluent Spanish. He specializes in medical nonoperative weight loss options.


Margaret Adams, RD, LDN, CDE

Marmargaret_adamsgaret offers dietician services for diabetes education, heart disease and obesity counseling. Margaret loves having the chance to develop long term relationships with patients and with helping them through the variety of healthcare needs that are common among bariatric surgery patients. Margaret educates patients with diabetes, heart healthy meals, renal concerns, low salt diets, bariatric and weight reduction diets.



 Candy Ramirez: Bariatric Coordinator

Candy Ramirez Headshot 2016

Candy assists Dr. Rekkas with his weight loss patients and supports them in preparation for the procedure process by organizing their weight loss pathway to complete the requirements for surgery.

She also verifies insurance for new weight loss patients and works closely with the physician and other staff. “ I love watching my patients become happier, healthier people in such a short amount of time. My patients become family to me.”   


Sierra Pollaro: Front Desk

Sierra Pollaro Headshot

When patients make their first visit to the office, it is Sierra’s smiling face they see when they walk in our doors. With years of experience in the medical field, Sierra enjoys being part of your surgical experience.

“It’s a pleasure to be a part of the amazing journey our patients go through. From the first time they walk through our door, to having surgery, to watching their lives change in such a positive way.”


Lisa Blacklidge PA-C (Physician Assistant – Certified)


 Lisa Blacklidge is originally from Philadelphia, PA and  completed her Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Philadelphia.  Lisa uses her skills to help perform a variety of surgeries including open, laparoscopic, robotic and bariatric.

While Lisa helps assist in many different kinds of surgeries, her specialty is in Robotic Surgery using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.