Meet Our Clinical Staff

Clinical Staff

Tuesday Cook, M.D.

Tuesday F. A. Cook is a general surgeon certified by the American Board of Surgery who specializes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. Dr. Cook received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and afterward completed a general surgery residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She then completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at the Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Dr. Cook is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She is also a member of the American Medical Association. She has performed laparoscopic adjustable gastric band placement, laparoscopic vertical sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass since 2008. She has lectured in varying arenas on metabolic and bariatric procedures, care of the bariatric patient and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Her areas of special interest also include minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, including procedures for the treatment of achalasia, gastroesophageal reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias.

Dr. Cook performs minimally invasive weight loss surgery and other laparoscopic general surgical procedures at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center.

Linda McGavisk PA-C

Linda McGavisk MSHS, PA-C is certified by The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Neuroscience from Cornell University and Master of Science in Health Sciences from The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linda previously worked in the areas of Internal Medicine and Family Practice, as well as Surgical Services, before joining AWLS in 2007. Linda serves as The Bariatric Program Director, coordinating clinical care at Dr. Greene’s office.

Latasha N. Baxter CRNP

Latasha N. Baxter, MSN, CRNP-A is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a member of the American Association for Nurse Practitioners as well as Theta Sigma Tau, International Honor Society of Nursing. Prior to joining the team, Latasha worked as a Nurse Practitioner in the areas of General and Vascular Surgery as well as Interventional Radiology.

As the Bariatric Program Coordinator at Shady Grove, she works closely with the Bariatric surgeons to coordinate all phases of the peri-operative process to maintain exceptional patient care. As a bariatric patient, you will work closely with Latasha, from your first preoperative experience at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital onward, as we provide support and encouragement needed for long term success.

Latasha also serves as a Liaison to coordinate Bariatric care throughout the hospital to ensure program compliance and meet quality standards expected as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence at Dr Cook’s office.

Catherine Fore, RD,LDN

Catherine Fore, RD, LDN, CNSC brings almost 10 years of experience in clinical nutrition and dietetics to the Bariatric team, including 5 years as a nutrition support dietitian (CNSD) and 4 years as an outpatient dietitian, specializing in medical and surgical weight management. In her 7 years at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Catherine worked in a variety of clinic settings, including infectious disease, cardiac rehabilitation, and otolaryngology. Catherine is a Certified Adult Weight Management Specialist with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Catherine earned undergraduate degrees in Health and Exercise Science from Furman University and Food Science and Nutrition from Clemson University. She completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo Health Care Services, including clinical rotations at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Areas of particular interest to Catherine are vitamin and mineral requirements accompanying bariatric surgery, especially thiamine, niacin, and copper. Catherine also enjoys assisting patients with meal planning and time management.

Michelle Gilman, LPN

Michelle C. Gilman, Licensed Practical Nurse and graduate of Career Network Institute in California. Michelle currently attends Indiana State University and is working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree.