Education

Dr. Sommer was born and grew up on Long Island, New York. He graduated from the University of California- Santa Barbara. He completed his general surgery training at Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA. It was at Boston University where his interest grew for Bariatrics and Advanced Laparoscopy.

Following completion of his general surgery training, Dr. Sommer completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric, and Robotic Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ under the guise of world renowned surgeon Garth H Ballantyne, MD.

At the completion of his fellowship he was asked to join Dr. Ballantyne as his partner in his Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric, and Robotic practice. He was then recruited up to Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London, CT as the Director of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and created the first Bariatric program in Southeastern Connecticut. He is the Chief of Bariatric Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, and Hudson Valley Hospital Center. He is both English and Spanish speaking.

Specialties

Dr. Sommer has performed thousands of bariatric procedures including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding, revision surgery, and balloons. He also has an extensive advanced laparoscopic background performing laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery ( Nissen/Toupet fundoplication), Hiatal hernia repair, abdominal wall hernias, colon surgery, small intestine surgery, gallbladder removal for gallbladder disease, spleen removal, and other advanced laparoscopic procedures.

Background media

Board Certification:

  • Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

Society Memberships:

  • American College of Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons

Insurances Accepted:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal
  • Cigna
  • Surgery Plus
  • 1199
  • Aetna
  • GHI
  • HIP
  • United Healthcare
  • Oxford

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.