To address the growing problem of obesity in the community, SBH Health System will open a multidisciplinary Limited Bariatric Surgery Center later this year. Gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgeries will be performed at the center on adults weighing up to 350 pounds.“Research indicates that there is a tremendous need in our community for a weight loss center of excellence, as the prevalence of obesity in the Bronx is the highest in New York City,” says Dr. Ridwan Shabsigh, chairman, SBH’s Department of Surgery.
In the Bronx, nearly one in three adults (32 percent) is obese, as compared to one in four (24.2 percent) in New York City and New York State (23.6 percent). The goal of the center, according to Dr. Shabsigh, is to create a limited bariatric center of excellence that will impact on obesity and such comorbidities as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, obstructive sleep apnea and other disorders. In addition, such a center will leverage the wellness services the hospital will make available in 2019 when the new Bronx Center for Healthy Communities opens in addressing obesity as a preventable cause of major diseases.
Every patient, according to Dr. Nissin Nahmias, a minimally invasive bariatric surgeon and the center’s medical director, will have consultations with a dietitian and mental health professional before surgery, with these to continue post-operatively. Support classes will also be offered.
Dr. Nahmias, who is bilingual, is fellowship-trained in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. He has performed more than 1000 bariatric procedures and is recognized by The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as a “Bariatric Surgeon of Excellence.” He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Nahmias’s scientific work includes several peer-reviewed publications, two book chapters and over 15 presentations in national and international meetings.
Dr. Hahmias’s vision for SBH Health System is to establish a center of excellence for bariatric surgery, with SBH applying for American College of Surgeons’ certification as a bariatric center of excellence by 2019.
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