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Serving patients seeking bariatric surgery in New York City and the surrounding area
At the New York Bariatric Group, the board-certified general surgeons are committed to delivering both compassion and effective surgical results to their New York City weight loss surgery patients. As a whole, the accomplished New York City 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 performed over 10,000 weight loss surgeries. Several of the surgeons have received honors and awards, including being named to the Consumers’ Research Council of America’s list of “Top Surgeons in the Country.” Also, Drs. Garber and Holover are frequently featured on television shows, including ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, the Dr. Oz Show and numerous others.
The weight loss surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group offer several types of bariatric surgery, namely, single-incision adjustable gastric banding (SILS), adjustable gastric banding with the Lap-Band or Realize Band, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric bypass, revision bariatric surgery and additional options. They use the laparoscopic approach to surgery when medically appropriate. To start laparoscopic surgery, the New York Bariatric Group surgeon creates multiple small incisions in the abdominal region and inserts a device with a camera on the end of it. The camera supplies a video feed to a screen in the operating room that the surgeon watches to monitor surgical progress. The chief advantage of laparoscopic surgery is that it is less invasive than conventional surgical techniques, causing less trauma to tissues. This allows for a quicker recovery after the surgical procedure.
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 patients receive comprehensive bariatric care that includes nutrition counseling, follow-up care, support groups and a mentorship program that pairs past patients with current patients. At the New York Bariatric Group, the surgeons are committed to supplying patients with beneficial resources that will help them lose weight and keep it off in the long run, so they maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.
To schedule a personal consultation with a board-certified New York City weight loss surgeon to learn more about your bariatric 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?
“It’s not just about your weight, it’s about your health and your family too. Dr. Garber’s team was wonderful. After I lost the weight, I was able to reduce my blood pressure medication by 2/3 and eliminate the medication for type 2 diabetes. I’m a different person now, a happier person and it’s all thanks to what this surgery has done for me. When I get compliments, I think to myself, are they talking to me? And they ARE talking to me! It’s been four years since my surgery, and not only am I maintaining the weight loss, I’m still attending the support groups that Dr. Garber provides because they are beneficial to me. Shopping is the best thing now, I’ve even bought a 2 piece bathing suit!” —Dawn
“I was downtown on 9/11 and couldn’t run to save my life. My co-workers had to help me. Since I’ve lost the weight, people finally notice me. I love to buy new clothes and walking down the street is a pleasure, I finally get noticed and get attention that I had wanted for so many years.” —Cindy
“I was always an outcast. I would hide behind my weight through my personality. My life is totally different post surgery. I can breathe now. It’s so much easier to do everything such as shop and exercise. I can fit in one airplane seat now and even ride rollercoasters! I love being able to go into a regular store and know that my size will be on the rack. I also have so much more energy. I think Dr Garber and Dr Holover are two very skilled and talented surgeons. They both have a wonderful bedside manner. Consider yourself lucky to have them operate on you! The staff are always very sensitive to my needs. They are always accommodating and understanding!” —Brook
More About the Surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group
Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, received training in general surgery from Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He next fulfilled a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at the George Washington University Medical Center with globally renowned laparoscopic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Dr. Garber then became proficient in laparoscopic gastric bypass weight loss surgery under the instruction of Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who is well known for performing bariatric surgery on famed singer Carnie Wilson. Aside from performing weight loss surgery with the New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Garber holds the position of clinical professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Garber is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He also belongs to the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American Medical Association, the New York Medical Society and numerous other professional societies.
Spencer A. Holover, MD, FACS, FASMBS, fulfilled training in general surgery at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He then completed a minimally invasive surgery fellowship with an innovator in bariatric surgery, Dr. Phil Schauer, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During his fellowship, Dr. Holover held the position of clinical professor of surgery, and conducted advanced research and presented at medical meetings across the country. Dr. Holover belongs to the American Medical Association, the American Board of Surgery, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the New York State Police Investigators Association.
John D. Angstadt, MD, FACS, FASMBS, completed training in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He next perfected his skills in advanced minimally invasive surgery by performing laparoscopic nephrectomy for transplant, laparoscopic colectomy, and laparoscopic splenic and adrenal surgery. Dr. Angstadt then received weight loss surgery training under the instruction of Dr. Robert Marema, one of the busiest bariatric surgeons in south Florida. Prior to joining the New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt established and developed the only bariatric surgery program in South Georgia.
Eric A. Sommer, MD, FACS, FASMBS, fulfilled training in general surgery at Boston University Medical Center. He next completed an advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and robotic surgery fellowship with world-renowned surgeon Garth H. Ballantyne, MD, at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Dr. Ballantyne soon asked Dr. Sommer to become a partner in Dr. Ballantyne’s surgical practice. Dr. Sommer was then recruited by Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., to serve as director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. While serving as director, Dr. Sommer established the first weight loss surgery program in southeastern Connecticut. In addition to being an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Sommer belongs to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, 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 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, attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he obtained his Doctor of Medicine degree. He fulfilled an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Chiao then completed fellowship training in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During this time, he performed over 400 operations under the tutelage of Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a renowned weight loss surgeon. He holds certifications in the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery and advanced trauma life support. Dr. Chiao belongs to the American College of Surgeons, the Clinical Robotic Surgical Association and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
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).
Gregory Nishimura MD, FACS graduated from Hahnemann University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his surgical residency at Nassau County Medical Center. As a board-certified laparoscopic surgeon with over 26 years of diverse experience, Dr. Nishimura has performed over 2000 bariatric procedures including adjustable gastric banding, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, revision surgery and balloons. He also has an extensive background in minimally invasive general surgery procedures performing anti-reflux (Nissen/Toupet fundoplication), hiatal and abdominal wall hernia repair, gallbladder removal and other advanced laparoscopic procedures. Dr. Nishimura has established himself as a leading laparoscopic and minimally invasive bariatric and general surgeon in Nassau County, Long Island. He was amongst the first surgeons in Nassau County to specialize in LINX, a magnetic implant to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. He has been recognized by Castle Connolly annually since 2015. As an anchor in the community, Dr. Nishimura has a longstanding affiliation with Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital. He joined the New York Bariatric Group in 2020 and continues to serve Nassau County, where he utilizes his extensive surgical experience to provide expert care to patients in the region.