Education

Top NYC bariatric surgeon Dr. Garber completed his general surgery training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He went on to complete one of the first advanced laparoscopic surgery fellowships in the country at The George Washington University Medical Center with world famous laparoscopic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Sackier. Dr. Garber then trained with Dr. Alan Wittgrove (known for operating on singer Carnie Wilson) mastering the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure for obesity.

Meet Shawn Garber, MD FACS FASMBS

Meet Shawn Garber, MD FACS FASMBS

Dr. Garber is the Founder and Director of the New York Bariatric Group as well as the Chief of Bariatric Surgery for the entire Catholic Health System.

Dr. Garber is the only bariatric surgeon on Long Island and Queens who has performed more than 3,500 laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures and 3,500 Lap-Band procedures and over 750 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomies. Dr. Garber helped develop the single incision Lap-Band and sleeve gastrectomy techniques and teaches other weight loss surgeons around the country this virtually scarless technique which he helped develop. Dr. Garber has one of the largest experiences in the world with this virtually scarless technique for Lap-Band and sleeve gastrectomy. He has been seen on Good Morning America, ABC news, NBC news, NY55 news and featured in the New York Times as the premier bariatric surgeon in the New York area.

He has been on many talk shows discussing obesity and bariatric surgery including The Dr. Oz Show, and Montel Williams with Carnie Wilson. Click here to view the videos. Dr. Garber was the only surgeon on Long Island listed in New York Magazine as one of the top laparoscopic obesity surgeons in the New York area and has been nominated by Castle Connelly as one the top surgeons in the US for over 6 years. Dr. Garber is also the only bariatric surgeon listed in Newsday’s Long Island Top Doctors Issue and performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass and the first single incision Lap-Band and Sleeve Gastrectomy on Long Island. Dr. Garber is the only surgeon in the area performing virtually scarless single incision sleeve gastrectomy.

Awards

Dr. Garber has also received the “Patient Choice Award” as one of “New York State’s Favorite Physicians” multiple times as well as having been voted one of the “Most Compassionate Doctors” in the country multiple times. Dr. Garber has been recognized as a Vitals Top 10 Doctor. He is also a New York State Trooper Police Surgeon.

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Dr. Garber is On the Medical Advisory Board of ObesityHelp.com.

Board Certifications:

  • Surgery

Academic Titles and Affiliations:

  • Fellow of American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons

Insurances Accepted:

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

Medical Affiliations:

  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • New York Medical Society
  • Diplomat of American Board of Surgery
  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • New York Medical College

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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