At the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center, Dr. Pryor directs an interdisciplinary team that is expanding treatment options for substantially overweight patients.
Only one percent of the people who qualify for bariatric surgery pursue care, she says, because many of them are afraid of the surgery or don’t understand its benefits. For these people, she and her colleagues are refining non-surgical interventions, including silicone intragastric balloons.
In addition to bariatric medicine, she is involved in the surgical management of reflux disease and other conditions of the esophagus. Her current research focuses on advancing laparoscopic surgical techniques.
Dr. Pryor holds patents for several new surgical technologies, and she continues to explore and find satisfaction in her varied career. Clinically, she likes being able to take care of patients and really offer them a better quality of life. As a surgical educator, training other practitioners to give the best possible care is another way for her to help patients. And being in academic medicine allows her to collaborate with colleagues who are engaged in the most recent advances in their fields. “All those different hats that I wear make it very enjoyable and expands my impact,” Dr. Pryor says.
The inevitable setbacks that come with any endeavor can be a learning experience, Dr. Pryor says. “Constantly pushing to do better is part of what we need to do in medicine,” she says. “People are always going to come up against naysayers who are going to take some convincing. But when you overcome those obstacles, I think that you’re even more proud of the achievements that you’ve made.”
Dr. Pryor is President-Elect (for 2019-2020) of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She has served on the Executive Council and is Co-Chair of a committee for the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. She also serves on the GI Surgery Advisory Council for the American Board of Surgery.