The New York Bariatric Group is the largest bariatric surgery practice in the country, with locations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.  The fellow is expected to have a broad range of experience in surgical as well as non-surgical weight loss methods under supervision of nationally recognized leading bariatric surgeons. The robust volume, diversity of cases, as well as a comprehensive weight loss center makes this an ideal opportunity for training fellows to lead in the field of bariatric surgery.

NYBG Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program
New Jersey

The Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Program at the New York Bariatric Group is a one-year clinical fellowship that focuses on pre-operative, operative, non-operative, and post-operative treatment of morbid obesity and its related diseases. Due to its high volume and varied clinical practices by the practicing surgeons, the fellow is guaranteed to have a very rich and diverse clinical experience and be able to function as an autonomous attending surgeon immediately after fellowship.

Fellows will get a chance to experience a broad mix of bariatric surgery cases including sleeve gastrectomy, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric banding and band removal, biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch, single anastomosis duodenal switch, and revisional weight loss surgery. Fellows will have the opportunity to perform laparoscopic, robotic, as well as endoscopic diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.  Approximately 95% of the fellow’s time is spent in clinical activity. The remaining 5% of the time will be spent on research activity. There is ample clinical data available from a proprietary electronic medical record system for the fellow to research and publish. Weekly clinical conferences will be held in conjunction with the fellow of the New York branch of New York Bariatric Group.

This is a one-year salaried position. Fellows will be provided with occurrence base malpractice insurance. Additional funding and support beyond the salary for meeting attendance, research, etc. is available.

The fellow will take 1:4 calls.  For the First 6 months, the attending will be first contact.  For the second 6 months, the fellow will be first contact with graduated responsibility.  The fellow will be involved in urgent and emergent cases throughout the year while on call.

Our aim is to train our fellow to become compassionate, effective, efficient, and safe in bariatric patient care. Our program is designed to instill a high level of technical skill in the operating room to help the fellow become a confident and competent surgeon, ready to practice in the field of bariatric surgery.

CURRICULUM

The fellow will be involved in bimonthly didactics which follow the ASMBS Core Curriculum. This will involve the fellow, attending faculty, as well as physician assistants. The fellow will present selected topics to the group, and the faculty will present certain didactics according to their area of expertise. There are also opportunities for the fellow to present grand rounds at participating hospitals.

The following topics will be discussed:

Preoperative evaluation of bariatric patients

  • Epidemiology of Obesity
  • History of Bariatric Surgery
  • Physiology and Interactive Mechanisms in Morbid Obesity
  • Preoperative Evaluation of the Bariatric Patient
  • Psychology of the Morbidly Obese Patient
  • Essentials of a Bariatric Program

Operative approaches

  • Laparoscopic versus Open versus robotic
  • Adjustable Banding
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Other Restrictive Operations
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Biliopancreatic Diversion/Duodenal Switch
  • Revisional Weight Loss Surgery

Postoperative management of bariatric patients

  • Postoperative Management of the Bariatric Patient
  • Identifying and Managing Postoperative Complications
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

Miscellaneous

  • Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Outcomes of Bariatric Surgery
  • Role of Endoscopy in Bariatric Surgery
  • Medical Weight Loss
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The New York Bariatric Surgery fellowship program participates in the minimally invasive surgery fellowship council application process.

Application HERE

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  • Applicants must be a US citizen or US Permanent Resident.
  • Applicants must have completed a five-year general surgery residency program at a US or Canadian Medical school prior to starting the fellowship. We accept graduates of Foreign Medical Schools only if ECFMG certified.
  • Applicants must have passed the USMLE/COMPLEX Step 1,2, & 3 exams
  • Applicants must be ABS or Canadian Board eligible or certified
  • A full, unrestricted New Jersey state medical license is required. Information regarding the licensure requirements can be found at: NJ Division of Consumer Affairs - State Board of Medical Examiners (njconsumeraffairs.gov)

If you wish to apply to the New York Bariatric Group, New Jersey Branch fellowship program, please review the details here. COMING SOON!

Once all applications have been received, a select group of highly qualified applicants for a visit and interview.

The academic cycle starts August 1 st , 2023.

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PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS

New York Bariatric Group, Glen Ridge Office

230 Sherman Ave
Glen Ridge, NJ 07028

RWJBarnabas Health – Clara Maass Medical Center

1 Clara Maass Drive
Belleville, NJ 07109

Hackensack Meridian – Mountainside Medical Center

1 Bay Ave
Montclair, NJ 07042

New York Bariatric Group, Wayne Office

1680 NJ-23, Suite 180
Wayne, NJ 07470

St. Mary’s General Hospital

350 Boulevard
Passaic, NJ 07055

Faculty

  • All of the faculty members are board-certified in the American Board of Surgery and are active members of the American College of Surgeons as well as American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Naveen Ballem MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Chief of New Jersey Division of New York Bariatric Group
  • Director of Bariatric Surgery at Clara Maass Medical Center

Kartik Gohil MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Program Director & Attending surgeon

Harvey Rainville MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Assistant Program Director & Attending Surgeon
  • Director of Robotic Surgery at Clara Maass Hospital and Mountainside Medical Center

Channing Chin MD, FACS, FASMBS

  • Attending Surgeon

Cynthia Weber MD, FACS

  • Attending Surgeon

Michael Cudworth MD, FACS

  • Attending Surgeon

Kulvir Nandra MD

  • Attending Surgeon

CONTACT INFORMATION

Stephanie Lee
Phone: 516-616-5500
Fax: 888-502-6582
Email: [email protected]

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Thomas

Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Nicole

Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Robert

Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Samantha

Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Eileen

Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Brittany

Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Desiree

Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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