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The Surgeons

Whether we are answering questions about the gastric bypass procedure, coordinating with your insurance provider or scheduling an appointment with one of our weight loss surgeons, the New York Bariatric Group is dedicated to your journey. Our team is also comprised of a bariatric nutritionist, a board certified Social Worker and two talented physician assistants who are all happy to provide patients the utmost care and attention.

Shawn M. Garber | New York Bariatric Group

Shawn M. Garber MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Garber is the founder of New York Bariatric Group. He has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries including sleeve gastrectomies, and over 3500 Lap Bands, and 3500 gastric bypasses. A leader in his field, Dr. Garber also helped develop the single incision Lap-Band and sleeve gastrectomy techniques. He is asked to teach other surgeons around the country this virtually scarless technique. His surgical skills, combined with his bedside manner, earn substantial praise from patients.

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Spencer A. Holover | New York Bariatric Group

Spencer A. Holover MD, FACS, FASMBS

Prior to joining New York Bariatric Group. Dr. Holover was the Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Pittsburgh. During this time he performed cutting edge research, gave presentations at major national meetings, and helped train surgeons around the country. Dr. Holover was one of the first surgeons to perform a gastric sleeve, and also one of the first surgeons to publish a clinical gastric sleeve article. He has done thousands of weight loss surgeries, and has won multiple awards including placement on the “Top Doctors” list and “Most Compassionate” list.

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John D. Angstadt | New York Bariatric Group

John D. Angstadt MD, FACS, FASMBS

Before moving to NYC to join New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt founded the only bariatric surgery program in South Georgia. His commitment to surgical excellence and follow up with patients earned the program the certification of a Center of Excellence. He now performs weight loss surgeries including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and Lap Band procedures in NYC. Dr. Angstadt has been featured on television and speaks regularly on issues surrounding management of obesity. His patients appreciate his technical skills, as well as his understanding that losing weight is a complex journey.

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Eric A. Sommer | New York Bariatric Group

Eric A. Sommer MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Sommer is a native of New York. Although he went to California for college, and Boston for surgical training, he is proud to return to NYC to perform bariatric surgery. To advance his knowledge and surgical expertise, Dr. Sommer completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery. He brings his skill to New York Bariatric Group, where he performs a variety of weight loss surgeries for patients.

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Nikhilesh R. Sekhar | New York Bariatric Group

Nikhilesh R. Sekhar MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Sekhar is a New York native who is a Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon. After graduating from medical school, he received his general surgery and trauma training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. He then completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Vanderbilt. In addition to performing extensive weight loss surgeries, Dr. Sekhar is an expert in treating reflux and hernias.

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Jeffrey W. Chiao | New York Bariatric Group

Jeffrey W. Chiao MD, FACS, FASMBS

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Chiao is a Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon. He developed an interest in minimally invasive techniques in all aspects of surgery, especially bariatrics, and decided to pursue advanced training. Following general surgery training, Dr. Chiao completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and has now joined New York Bariatric Group to treat patients locally.

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Pankti Patel | New York Bariatric Group

Pankti Patel MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Patel is American Board of Surgery certified as well with the daVinci System for Robotic Surgery. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Sherard Chiu | New York Bariatric Group

Sherard Chiu MD

A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Chiu completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Chiu is certified with the daVinci System for robotic surgery and is American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Certified.

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Kevin Small | New York Bariatric Group

Kevin Small MD

Dr. Kevin Small is a well-known innovator and an educator in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has received many honors and awards citing his excellence in academics, teaching, and research from prestigious organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.

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Channing Chin | New York Bariatric Group

Channing Chin MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Chin is a native of Louisiana. He has trained extensively in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and has practiced on both east and west coasts.

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Elizabeth Godshall | New York Bariatric Group

Elizabeth Godshall MD

Dr. Godshall is a New York native, born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Dr. Godshall completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She earned her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she was honored by induction into the AOA Honor Medical Society.

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Nirav Desai | New York Bariatric Group

Nirav Desai MD

Dr. Desai spent his childhood in the southern United States growing up in Columbus, Georgia, a city known for its charm on the border of Alabama. He left the south to study in Chicago at Northwestern University where he completed his undergraduate education.

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Edward Cussatti | New York Bariatric Group

Edward Cussatti MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Cussatti 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.

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Cynthia Weber | New York Bariatric Group

Cynthia Weber MD

Dr. Weber is a graduate of a combined B.S/ M.D. program at Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine. This program allows select students to complete undergraduate and medical school studies in 6 years rather than the typical 8 years. In addition to this unique program, she was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society in medical school. While completing her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center, she dedicated part of her training to research- advancing the science of surgery. She published extensively and presented her work nationally and internationally.

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Gregory Nishimura | New York Bariatric Group

Gregory Nishimura MD, FACS

Dr. Nishimura was born and raised in San Jose, California. He graduated from Hahnemann University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994 and completed his surgical residency at Nassau County Medical Center.

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Robert Felte | New York Bariatric Group

Robert Felte MD

Dr. Felte completed his Bachelor of Science with honors at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. Dr. Felte completed his post-baccalaureate pre-medicine education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.

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Harvey Rainville | New York Bariatric Group

Harvey Rainville MD FACS FASMBS

Dr. Harvey Rainville is a board certified General and Bariatric surgeon. Originally from Dallas Texas, he completed his undergraduate education at Baylor University.

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Kartik Gohil | New York Bariatric Group

Kartik Gohil MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Kartik Gohil was raised in Baroda, India. After completing his high school in top 1 percentile of his class, he proceeded to complete his medical training at esteemed Baroda Medical College at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He graduated top of his class. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Michigan State University, Lansing. From there he pursued specialty training in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center, NY.

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Michael Cudworth | New York Bariatric Group

Michael Cudworth MD

Dr. Cudworth is originally from Santiago, Chile. He graduated from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica De Chile Facultad De Medicina, in 2011. He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System at Chicago in 2014.

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Naveen Ballem | New York Bariatric Group

Naveen Ballem MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Naveen Ballem and his family are excited to be back and established in the town where he was raised. He attended the Montclair Kimberley Academy, where he was awarded a Garden State Scholarship. He then moved to Boston for further education at Boston College. Dr. Ballem completed his General Surgery residency in New York City, and then pursued specialty training at The Cleveland Clinic in both Endocrine & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.

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Paayal Mehta | New York Bariatric Group

Paayal Mehta MD

Paayal Mehta, is a board certified, fellowship trained advanced laparoscopic surgeon, specializing in bariatric surgery. She has a passion for, and commitment to weight loss surgery and performs a wide spectrum of bariatric procedures including gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional procedures.

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Anish Shah | New York Bariatric Group

Anish Shah MD

Dr. Shah started his education in 2006 at Columbia University in New York City. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry and Economics. He then went on to pursue his medical school training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and completed his general surgery residency at Stony Brook Medicine, where he developed a profound interest in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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