Physicians & Staff      

Benjamin Hung, MD

Hung, MD

Dr. Hung has been in private practice in Lincoln, NE since July 2001. Prior to that he graduated from high school from his hometown of Lindsay, Oklahoma. He then completed a combined six year BA./MD at The University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1995. General surgery residency followed with an surgical internship at University of Colorado 1995-1996, and then completion of full surgical training back in Kansas City where he learned the techniques for open gastric bypass.

As a general surgeon who specializes in weight loss, Dr. Hung was instrumental in starting the bariatric/ weight loss surgical program in Lincoln. Prior to this, no weight loss surgeries had been performed in Lincoln since the mid 1990’s. Initially, open gastric bypasses were done beginning in 2002 and then this evolved to laparoscopic gastric bypasses in 2004. The adjustable Lap Band procedure was instituted in July 2005.

Since 2002, Dr. Hung has performed over 450 gastric bypasses and approximately 600 Lap Bands. With guidance and direction from Dr. Hung, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Lincoln has received two important citations in regards to bariatric surgery. Blue Cross/ Blue Shield has designated St. Elizabeth’s a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery, and Surgical Review Corp has also approved the facility as a Bariatric Center of Excellence. This places the bariatric program at Surgical Associates, PC in the highest regard nationwide as only 602 surgeons nationwide and 349 facilities have received this level as of August 2008.

Dr. Hung is a board-certified general surgeon and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is also a nation-wide proctor for the Lap Band system by Allergan. He helps to train surgeons that are beginning to perform the Lap Band. Dr. Hung has also been the Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Elizabeth's Regional Medical Center since it inception.

Ray Taddeucci, MD

Taddeucci, MD

Dr. Raymond Taddeucci grew up in St. Louis, MO and made the move to Nebraska in 1991 to attend Creighton University.  He majored in chemistry and went on to attend Creighton University School of Medicine.  Seeing that Nebraska was indeed “The Good Life”, he stayed at Creighton and completed his general surgery residency in 2005.

Laparoscopic surgery, also known as minimally invasive surgery, has always interested Dr. Taddeucci. He was selected for a one-year fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Tennessee-Memphis.  The primary focus of this training was weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, and gastric bypass revision surgery.  During this year of training he became proficient in all aspects of weight loss surgery, including pre-operative and post-operative care.  He trained under Dr. Atul Madan, who is now the chair of the Division of Laparoendoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at The University of Miami, and Dr. David Tichansky, who is now the director of the Division of Bariatric Surgery at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

To date, Dr. Taddeucci has performed nearly 200 Lap-Band procedures and around 100 laparoscopic gastric bypasses.  He is the author or co-author of 10 national journal articles and eight national conference presentations on the topics of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.  He was a presenter at the 2006 American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery conference.

Dr. Taddeucci joined Surgical Associates, PC in August 2006.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.       

Lisa Noecker, BSN, RN, CBN
Lisa NoeckerLisa Noecker is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.  She graduated from Southeast High School in 1993 and from there attended the University of Nebraska and Union College, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1999.  Lisa worked at Saint Elizabeth Regional Medical Center as a floor/charge nurse on the surgical unit from 1999-2001.  She joined Dr. Hung in September of 2001 and has been working with him since this time.  Lisa has been the bariatric coordinator for Dr. Hung’s bariatric practice and also helps care for his general surgery patients.  She earned the prestigious status of Certified Bariatric Nurse in 2008.




Jackie Jirsa, BSN, RN, CBN
Jackie JirsaJackie Jirsa is a Nebraska native. She received her Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from Southeast Community College in Lincoln in September 1996 and earned the prestigious status of Certified Bariatric Nurse in 2009. She started working at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in the Burn/Trauma Unit in February 1997 where she worked for 8 years until transferring to Radiology for 2 years.

While working in the hospital she was a charge nurse, a preceptor for new nurses, held many committee seats, implemented/revised numerous protocols/policies, administered conscious sedation, and collaborated with many other departments, peers and physicians. Her nursing career spans the gamete from doing community education and HIV/AIDS presentations, peer education and PALS/ACLS/BLS training to organ recovery with Nebraska Organ Recovery Systems. She has done home health care, has co-authored a Burn education teaching CD and is affiliated with FEMA as a Burn Disaster Nurse.

After all of that, Jackie found her home as Dr. Taddeucci’s bariatric coordinator in December 2006. She collaborates closely with the bariatric team to make sure that the patient is provided with a holistic approach to weight loss surgery. Jackie also continues the teaching aspect of her career through preoperative and postoperative weight loss surgery education. She also helps to coordinate and care for his general surgery patients.


Seth Lauterbach, PA
Seth Lauterbach
Seth Lauterbach is a native of southeast Nebraska. After graduating from Crete High School in 1995 he went on to serve in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1999. While working as a member of the Avionics Installation team at Duncan Aviation in Lincoln, NE, he began attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln majoring in Nutrition, Health, and Fitness Promotion and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in 2007. He attended the Union College Physician Assistant Program from which he graduated with a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies in May 2010. He is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. He began working with Surgical Associates with Dr. Hung in August 2010 and assists in the care of bariatric and general surgery patients.