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The New York Bariatric Group

The New York Bariatric Group
(800) 778-1427

646 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10065

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Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

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Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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Serving patients seeking bariatric surgery in Westchester and the surrounding area

At the New York Bariatric Group, the board-certified general surgeons are committed to delivering both respect and effective surgical results to their Westchester weight loss surgery patients. Collectively, the expert Westchester bariatric 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 completed more than 10,000 weight loss surgeries. In addition to being highly experienced, many of the surgeons have received national honors, including the “Top Surgeon in the Country” accolade awarded by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Also, Drs. Garber and Holover have been invited to appear on numerous media outlets, including NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, the Dr. Oz Show and several others.

At the New York Bariatric Group, the bariatric surgeons provide many options for weight loss surgery, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, single-incision adjustable gastric banding (SILS), adjustable gastric banding with the Realize Band or Lap-Band, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, revision bariatric surgery and many additional options. They utilize the laparoscopic techniques during surgery when medically suitable. In laparoscopic surgery, the weight loss surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen, introducing a device with a camera on the end of it through one of the incisions. The camera transfers a video feed onto a monitor in the operating room, allowing the surgeon to keep a close eye on the surgical procedure. The principal benefit of laparoscopic surgery is that it is less invasive than conventional open surgery, putting less trauma on bodily tissues, which allows for a faster, easier recovery period after 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 offers individuals a wide-ranging weight loss program, including follow-up care, nutritional guidance, a mentorship program pairing past and present bariatric patients, and support groups. At the New York Bariatric Group, the weight loss surgeons are dedicated to providing patients with easy access to resources that will aid them in making healthy lifestyle choices after surgery.

To schedule a one-on-one consultation with one of the weight loss surgeons or to find out more about available 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?

“Before surgery I never wanted to get out of bed. I also was not able to exercise without losing my breath really fast and I had very bad sleep apnea. Life after surgery is great. I try to swim at least 4 times a week. I love going shopping and buying clothes because everything fits! I am able to run and walk for a long period of time without getting tired. The biggest change after surgery is that I am able to feel satisfied when I eat and I get full very fast! I also stopped snacking and I am not hungry all the time. Dr. Garber is fabulous. He is so kind and makes it so comfortable when I go in to see him. Over the years I established a very nice relationship with him. He is a great doctor.” —Stephanie


“As a rescuer for 9/11 I found it difficult to maneuver around in the debris. I was not able to do much with my kids. After surgery, everything from walking, sleeping, and working became easier. At 6 months, I lost 80 lbs! Had I not had the surgery I would have had serious medical issues. Dr Garber and his staff were always very professional and caring. I have referred at least a half dozen people to Dr Garber and all my friends are doing excellent!” —Ron


“Life after obesity is just wonderful! Dieting? I’ve done it all: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, the Atkins Diet, and the grapefruit diet and I always gained the weight back. Now, since the surgery, I’ve finally lost the weight for good, and I’m not worried about gaining the weight back. Dr. Garber has a comprehensive program and a staff that helps you before and AFTER your surgery. Now I can shop in regular stores and waking up thin means that all of my clothes fit every day.” —Linda


More About the Surgeons at the New York Bariatric Group

Shawn M. Garber, MD, FACS, FASMBS, completed his general surgery training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center prior to pursuing a laparoscopic surgery fellowship at the George Washington University Medical Center with well-known laparoscopic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Dr. Garber then perfected laparoscopic gastric bypass weight loss surgery under the guidance of Dr. Alan Wittgrove, who is renowned for providing singer Carnie Wilson with bariatric surgery. In addition to offering weight loss surgery at the New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Garber is assistant clinical professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Garber is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He holds active membership in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the New York Medical Society and many others.

Spencer A. Holover, MD, FACS, FASMBS, received his general surgery training from St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. He subsequently pursued a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery with a trailblazer in weight loss surgery, Dr. Phil Schauer, at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. During this time, Dr. Holover fulfilled the duties of clinical professor of surgery, in addition to performing innovative research and presenting at professional meetings across the United States. Dr. Holover is an active member of the American Medical Association, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the American Board of Surgery and the New York State Police Investigators Association.

John D. Angstadt, MD, FACS, FASMBS, fulfilled training in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa. He next mastered advanced minimally invasive surgery by performing laparoscopic splenic and adrenal surgery, laparoscopic colectomy and laparoscopic nephrectomy for transplant. He received bariatric surgery training from Dr. Robert Marema, one of the most well-known bariatric surgeons in south Florida. Prior to coming aboard with New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt founded and developed the only bariatric surgery program in South Georgia.

Eric A. Sommer, MD, FACS, FASMBS, completed general surgery training at Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Sommer fulfilled a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic, bariatric and robotic surgery with Garth H. Ballantyne, MD, a globally acclaimed surgeon, at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J. Dr. Ballantyne later requested that Dr. Sommer join Dr. Ballantyne’s surgical practice as a partner. Then, Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., recruited Dr. Sommer to hold the position of director of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. During his time in this position, Dr. Sommer developed the first bariatric program in southeastern Connecticut. He is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Sommer is also a member of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

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, received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Chiao completed his general surgery internship and residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He then fulfilled fellowship training in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While he was completing his fellowship, he performed over 400 operations under the mentorship of Dr. Anita Courcoulas, an authority in bariatric surgery. Dr. Chiao is certified in the fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery and advanced trauma life support. He is an active member of 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, 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.


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