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, 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

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Prior to joining New York Bariatric Group. Dr. Holover was the Clinical Professor of Surgery at The 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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MD, FACS, FASMBS

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

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Desai grew up in Columbus, Georgia, a southern city known for its charm. He studied in Chicago at Northwestern University. He completed medical school at Case Western Reserve University where he had the opportunity to train with many of the world’s most innovative physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. He discovered his second home during his residency in New York City. He completed his General Surgery Residency at Mount Sinai Beth Israel where he also discovered his passion for minimally invasive GI surgery. He accumulated a significant research background with several publications and presentations in the field of surgery.

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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

MD, FACS, FASMBS

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

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

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

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

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Kartik Gohil was raised in Baroda, India. After completing his high school in the 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

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

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

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

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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Kaitlyn Paine

MD

Dr. Kaitlyn Paine is passionate about obtaining beautiful and natural results for every individual, while balancing meticulous attention to detail with safe compassionate care. She is a board-eligible plastic surgeon and recent graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency, where she served as Chief Resident. As one of the top 20 residency programs in the country, she developed a wide breadth of plastic surgery skills including cosmetic and reconstructive breast procedures, body contouring, trunk and leg reconstruction, facial aesthetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures.

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Kulvir Nandra

MD

Dr. Kulvir Nandra was originally born in England and grew up in Florida. He attended medical school at Florida State University and graduated top of his class. He then completed his general surgery training in Philadelphia and colorectal surgery training at Rutgers University. He has won several teaching awards and has presented research on Telehealth at national meetings. He offers a wide range of colorectal surgery options with the latest robotic and minimally invasive techniques and also specializes in the treatment of common rectal problems such as hemorrhoids with office-based procedures.

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M. Shuja Shafqat

MD

Dr. M. Shuja Shafqat is a board-certified plastic surgeon with NYBG Plastic Surgery, a subsidiary of New York Bariatric Group. He has extensive training in all aspects of plastic surgery including body contouring, post-bariatric procedures, facial cosmetic surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, and reconstruction from head to toe. In addition, he as additional training and expertise in reconstruction, complex cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, revisional breast surgery, skin cancer reconstruction and hernia repairs.

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Glenn Forrester

MD

Dr. Glenn Forrester is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and earned his medical degree from St. George’s University in Grenada. He completed a six-year surgical residency at the combined program of Our Lady of Mercy and Lincoln Medical Centers in the Bronx. His fourth year of residency was devoted to clinical research in bariatric surgery where he focused on weight loss outcomes in various populations.

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Alph Emmanuel

MD

Dr. Emmanuel was born and raised in India. He completed medical school at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India. He completed his internship in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven, CT and general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut in Farmington, CT.

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Jeena M. Easow

MD

Dr. Jeena Easow is known for her compassionate care, attention to detail, and natural results. Dr. Easow completed residencies in both General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, trained with leaders in the field, and developed a proficiency in all aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Her interests are in body contouring and breast surgery.

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Paul Enochs

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Enochs has been in the practice of bariatric surgery for over 20 years and has performed over 10,000 procedures. He remains on the forefront of cutting-edge technology and specializes in revisional bariatric surgery and robotic surgery. He is a leading expert nationwide in Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS) as well as the Sleeve Gastrectomy with Single Anastamosis Duodenoilial Bypass (SIPS/SADS/SADI-S).

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Vadim Gritsus

MD

Dr. Gritsus received his medical degree from Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He conducted research at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia Department of Cardiology on cardiomyopathy and heart failure.

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Jiyong Ahn

MD

Dr. Jiyong Ahn is board certified in diagnostic and vascular interventional radiology and is a diplomate of the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine (ABVLM). Having more than 20 years of diverse experiences, he combines diagnostic and interventional vascular radiology with expertise in phlebology and vein disease to provide patients world-class treatments that result in healthier legs.

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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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