Our Expert Team

Ochsner North Shore

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The Surgical Weight Loss Program on the North Shore includes a multidisciplinary team that will be by your side before, during and after your weight loss surgery. With a customized approach, to each individual patient, our team provides everything you’ll need to achieve your weight loss goals and to keep it off.

Asahel Gridley, MD

Asahel Gridley


Asahel Gridley, MD is our Bariatric Surgeon and Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery on the North Shore.  Dr. Gridley graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch and completed his residency at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor’s in Biology and Neuroscience, as well as a Minor in Chemistry from Baylor University.

Dr. Gridley is a Board-Certified General Surgeon and completed his fellowship at the University of Texas-Houston studying new technologies in Bariatric Surgery.  Dr. Gridley holds clinic experience in the following areas: minimally invasive surgery, endoscopy, and robotic surgery-Da Vinci trained.

Elena Benezech, RD

Elena Benezech is our Registered Dietitian. Elena has three years of experience working with bariatric surgery candidates as a clinical and outpatient dietitian, and is very familiar with their specific needs. An integral part of your success, she will work with you to create an individualized diet plan, educate you on proper nutrition, and hold you accountable to your weight loss goals.

Yvette Leonard

Yvette Leonard is our patient advocate and financial counselor.  She has been with Ochsner for 2 years and works closely with our patients to verify insurance coverage and develop a plan to meet all insurance authorization requirements. Yvette and her team are able to schedule all the necessary pre-operative appointments for you on your first consultative visit! Yvette also works to make weight loss surgery an affordable option for those choosing to pay for surgery themselves rather than through insurance. 

Contact Information

To speak with Yvette, our patient advocate, about the cost of surgical weight loss, please call (985) 646-5008.

To schedule an appointment, please call (985) 639-3777.