Clinical Quality & Compliance

Neil E. Hutcher, MD, FACS

Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Clinical Quality and Compliance

Neil Hutcher is an accomplished surgeon and a widely recognized leader in the advancement of surgical specialties, especially as it relates to patient education and advocacy on the federal and state levels. He began practicing medicine in Richmond in 1973 and, prior to joining SRC, held the position of Managing Director at Commonwealth Surgeons. Dr. Hutcher has served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at both the Medical College of Virginia and McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is also a past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Hutcher received his undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia, where he also completed a residency in general surgery and specialty fellowship training in transplant surgery.

Teresa Leath, RN, BSN

Manager of Accreditation and Education, Senior Site Inspector

With over 40 years of experience in nursing, Teresa Leath brings a wealth of diverse medical experience to her role at SRC. She began her career as a registered nurse, working in the medical-surgical units and emergency departments of community hospitals and Level II trauma centers. As an operating room nurse, Ms. Leath developed proficiencies in numerous surgical disciplines and was a preceptor for new employees. During her years as a bariatric coordinator, Ms. Leath established support groups and organized patient management programs at two separate facilities.

Ms. Leath joined SRC in 2010. As Senior Site Inspector, Ms. Leath has performed thousands of site inspections for SRC throughout the world. She works closely with facilities and surgeons to help them improve their surgical patient care programs. Ms. Leath also develops requirements for SRC’s accreditation programs and hosts educational seminars and webinars.

Daniela Casagrande, BS, MSc, PhD

International Business Development Manager

Daniela Schaan Casagrande earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from the Methodist Institute of Education and Culture (Instituto Metodista de Educação e Cultura), Porto Alegre, Brazil. She earned her Master of Science in endocrinology from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul School of Medicine (Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil and achieved a PhD from Duke University. Dr. Casagrande has also participated in a Duke University research fellowship.

Dr. Casagrande worked as a bariatric nutritionist at The Center of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome of São Lucas Hospital of PUCRS (Centro de Obesidade e Síndrome Metabólica do Hospital São Lucas da PUCRS, Brazil) from 2000 – 2014. During her tenure as Nutrition and Research Coordinator for her bariatric surgical and clinical diagnostics team, she led her hospital and surgeons to becoming an SRC Center of Excellence and guiding them through the site inspection process. She also has extensive experience within the Brazilian University system, working as a professor at the University of Vale do Rio do Sinos (Universidade do Vale do Rio do Sinos) and at The Foundation Institute of Cardiology of Porto Alegre (Instituto de Cardiologia de Porto Alegre).

Dr. Casagrande has served on two medical society boards. She was a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Obesity Society (Associação Brasileira para o Estudo da Obesidade e Sindrome Metabólica – ABESO) from 2003 to 2005. Dr. Casagrande also served on the board of directors of the Metabolic and Bariatric Brazilian Society – RS Chapter (Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia bariátrica e metabolic – capitulo RS) from 2003 to 2010. She has published 14 manuscripts, five book chapters and several articles in Grey Literature.

Dr. Casagrande manages all of SRC’s business development activities outside of the United States, with particular focus in Brazil. She coordinates relationships with international medical societies and manages activities with SRC’s third-party business partners.