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Serving patients seeking bariatric surgery in Long Island and the surrounding area
The board-certified general surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group are dedicated to providing their Long Island bariatric surgery patients with compassion and effective surgical results. The highly experienced Long Island weight loss surgeons Shawn M. Garber, Spencer A. Holover, John D. Angstadt, Eric A. Sommer, Nikhilesh Sekhar, Jeffrey W. Chiao, Kevin Small, Sherard S. Chiu, Channing Chin, Pankti Patel, Candice Chipman, Elizabeth Godshall and Nirav Desai have collectively performed more than 10,000 bariatric surgeries. Aside from being experts in their field, many of them have been honored with awards, such the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s “Top Surgeon in the Country” accolade. In addition, Drs. Garber and Holover have been featured across various media outlets, including ABC News, NBC News, CBS News, the Dr. Oz Show and many others.
At the New York Bariatric Group, the weight loss surgeons offer numerous types of bariatric surgery, including single-incision adjustable gastric banding (SILS), laparoscopic gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding with the Lap-Band or Realize Band, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, revision bariatric surgery and several other procedures. They typically employ the laparoscopic surgical approach when medically appropriate. During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon creates several miniscule incisions in the abdominal area, inserting an instrument with a camera on the end of it through one of these incisions. The camera transmits a video feed onto a screen located in the operating room. This allows the weight loss surgeon to monitor the surgical process closely. The main advantage of laparoscopic surgery is that it is less invasive than traditional surgical methods; it causes less trauma to the body’s tissues, leading to a quicker, easier recovery following surgery.
The FDA just approved the ReShape™ gastric balloon and the Orbera™ gastric balloon for use in the US, and they are now offered by New York Bariatric Group’s Dr. Shawn Garber — is one of the first surgeons in the United States trained in these unique programs. These NON-SURGICAL procedures use what is referred to as a gastric balloon. By following the ReShape™ or Orbera™ Managed Weight Loss Programs, one can experience a weight loss of up 70lbs*. Please visit our sister site at bellyballoon.com for more information, or visit our office and consult with bariatric pioneer Dr. Garber to see the unique “belly balloon,” and to learn if one of these programs is right for you.
The New York Bariatric Group provides patients with a comprehensive weight loss regimen that includes nutritional guidance, follow-up care, a bariatric mentorship program and support groups. The surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group believe in the importance of offering patients the proper resources to help them make healthy lifestyle choices following weight loss surgery.
To schedule a personal consultation with one of the board-certified surgeons or learn more about your weight loss surgery options, please contact the New York Bariatric Group by calling (800) 778-1427 today.
What Do Patients Say About Their Experiences With the New York Bariatric Group?
“A business associate of mine had surgery with Dr. Garber and was very happy with him and with the results, so I decided to do it too. It was the best decision I ever made. I had been suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, extreme snoring and that all went away after the weight loss surgery. Now I’m running, swimming and working out every day, and it’s all because of Dr. Garber. I’m very pleased, and I would recommend it to anyone. Just go to the free seminar, and you’re on your way!” —Dean
“I always felt that when I was heavy people were always looking at me like, do I have to sit next to that? I couldn’t ever sit with my legs crossed, my skin would burn. Dr. Garber and Dr. Holover have given me a second chance at life. This surgery is not a band aid, it is a solution for life. If you are overweight and you want some sincere help, come to the seminar, I promise you will be on the road to recovery.” —Kathy
“I would do it all over again if I had to! My ankles, knees and back would give out 10 minutes into any social function that I attended. I felt like I was 65. Now I feel and act like I’m in my 20’s! I had done every diet, attended weight loss camp, and saw many specialists. I researched all of the bariatric surgeons in New York. Once I decided to have the surgery, Dr. Spencer Holover gave me the rest of my life back. Walking by mirrors is pleasant again. The aftercare at the New York Bariatric Group is phenomenal. Their relationship with you does not end after the surgery. Register and go to the free seminar. Its 4 years later and I still say, you have nothing to lose but the weight!” —Fern
More About the Surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group
Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, fulfilled general surgery training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at the George Washington University Medical Center with world-renowned laparoscopic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Dr. Garber next mastered laparoscopic gastric bypass bariatric surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who is best known for performing weight loss surgery on singer Carnie Wilson. In addition to his bariatric surgical work at the New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Garber serves as assistant clinical professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the New York Medical Society, the American Medical Association and several more organizations.
Spencer A. Holover, MD, FACS, FASMBS, completed general surgery training at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He next fulfilled a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery with a pioneer in the field of bariatric surgery, Dr. Phil Schauer, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While there, Dr. Holover served as clinical professor of surgery, in addition to performing leading-edge research and presenting at national medical meetings. Dr. Holover is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery and the New York State Police Investigators Association.
John D. Angstadt, MD, FACS, FASMBS, received general surgery training from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. Angstadt then went on to hone his skills in advanced minimally invasive surgery by performing laparoscopic colectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy for transplant, and laparoscopic splenic and adrenal surgery. He fulfilled bariatric surgical training under the tutelage of Dr. Robert Marema, one of the most sought-after bariatric surgeons in south Florida. Before joining the New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt founded and advanced the only weight loss surgery program in South Georgia.
Eric A. Sommer, MD, FACS, FASMBS, received general surgery training from Boston University Medical Center. He fulfilled a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and robotic surgery with globally renowned surgeon Garth H. Ballantyne, MD, at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Dr. Ballantyne then asked Dr. Sommer to join him as a partner at Dr. Ballantyne’s surgical practice. During his time at Dr. Ballantyne’s practice, Dr. Sommer was recruited to serve as director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn. While holding this position, Dr. Sommer created the first bariatric program in southeastern Connecticut. Dr. Sommer is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
Nikhilesh Sekhar, MD, FACS, FASMBS, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He received training in general surgery and trauma at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. Dr. Sekhar completed an advanced training fellowship in laparoscopic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was one of the first surgeons in the United States to perform a robotic-assisted heller myotomy, using a da Vinci Robot. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Jeffrey W. Chiao, MD, FACS, FASMBS, earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed both his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chiao then fulfilled an advanced training fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During his fellowship, he performed more than 400 operations under the guidance of Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a respected bariatric surgeon. He is certified in the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery and advanced trauma life support. Dr. Chiao is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association.
Kevin Small, MD, is the Director of Plastic Surgery at New York Bariatric Group. He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Small completed his residency in plastic surgery at the New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, where he later served as an assistant professor of plastic surgery. He completed his aesthetic surgery fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Small has received numerous awards and honors for excellence in teaching and researching including from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The experienced surgeon specializes in an array of plastic surgery procedures including craniofacial procedures, breast reconstruction, body contouring and post-bariatric body contouring.
Sherard S. Chiu, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Dr. Chiu completed his general surgery residency at Atlanta Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally invasive/bariatric surgery at the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. The esteemed surgeon practices out of The New York Bariatric Group’s Fairfield facility.
Channing Chin, MD, FACS, FASMBS, earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine. Dr. Chin specializes in both general surgery and bariatric surgery, having completed his residency in general surgery at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and his fellowship in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery with The N.E.W. Program. He has earned numerous recognitions and awards, including being listed in the Healthgrades Honor Roll by Healthgrades, a well-respected online healthcare review site.
Pankti Patel, MD, earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She completed her medical degree and residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. Dr. Patel went on to train as a fellow at the Magee Women’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where she focused on robotic, minimally invasive and bariatric surgeries. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr. Patel has published several articles on her expertise, including a book chapter on acute and long-term complications of bariatric surgery.
Candice Chipman, MD, earned her undergraduate degree from Tufts University and her medical degree from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. Dr. Chipman completed her general surgery training at the University of Toledo and a clinical research fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. In addition, she completed a fellowship in bariatric surgery at Abington-Jefferson Hospital, where she trained in robotic surgery and obtained special certification to use the daVinci robot system. Dr. Chipman is a fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Elizabeth Godshall, MD, earned her undergraduate degree in neuroscience at Smith College and her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Godshall completed her internship and residency training in general surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina and fellowship training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Here, she trained in a wide variety of bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Dr. Godshall is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Nirav Desai, MD, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, where he completed his clinical training at the prestigious Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Desai completed his general surgery residency training at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery with the Scripps Health System in San Diego, CA. He trained in robotic surgery, foregut surgery and laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair, among other procedures. Dr. Desai obtained special certification to use the daVinci robot system and is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is also an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
Edward Cussatti, MD,FACS,FASMB, is a board certified general and bariatric surgeon who completed his general surgery training at The Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT. He then went on to complete his specialty training in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to extensive traditional laparoscopic techniques, Dr. Cussatti brings to the practice a wealth of experience in robotic surgery. He will help pioneer new techniques in robotic surgery. Since 2002 Dr. Cussatti has been a leading general and bariatric surgeon while establishing one of the first Centers of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery on Long Island at Good Samaritan Hospital. He has served as the Medical centers Director of Bariatric Surgery since 2010. Dr. Cussatti has been at the forefront of surgical innovation being the first surgeon to perform a single incision robotic cholecystectomy on Long Island. As the leading bariatric surgeon at Good Samaritan Hospital, he has performed over 2,500 bariatric procedures including gastric bypasses, sleeve gastrectomies, lap-bands and revisional operations. Dr. Cussatti has appeared nationally on The Today Show and locally on Channel 12, as well as on Spanish language radio on Long Island as an expert on the benefits of bariatric surgery.
Cynthia Weber, MD, is a graduate of a combined B.S/ M.D. program at Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine. While completing her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center, she dedicated part of her training to research. She completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the renowned University Hospitals of Cleveland. During fellowship, she developed extensive experience with complex endoscopic procedures, performed hundreds of bariatric operations, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic revisional operations. She has a large experience in advanced foregut surgery and is well versed with laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, an active member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).