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Department of Surgery Divisions Division of Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery

Division of Minimally Invasive & Bariatric Surgery

In the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery at NYU Long Island School of Medicine, our priority is to provide safe, effective patient care using minimally invasive surgical approaches. By minimizing the size of the incision and utilizing precision techniques such as robot-assisted surgery, we aim to optimize outcomes and reduce the time needed for recovery.

Our multidisciplinary team of experts at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island are board-certified in a range of subspecialty fields including bariatric surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, critical and acute care surgery, general surgery, surgical oncology, and wound healing. Our collaborative expertise allows us to make care decisions informed by the latest evidence-based knowledge.

We also have a dedicated bariatric surgery practice comprising expert surgeons who work with each patient to identify a personalized care plan designed to help them achieve healthier lifestyles. NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island is accredited as a comprehensive metabolic and bariatric surgery center by the American College of Surgeons.

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Education

Our division is dedicated to training the next generation of minimally invasive and bariatric surgeons through programs that provide students with a foundation of knowledge rooted in skill, smart decision-making, and compassion. Our trainees have access to more than four surgical robots at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, and our faculty, who are some of the top surgeons in the country, offer individualized mentorship to help trainees identify and reach their career goals.

Medical students at NYU Long Island School of Medicine complete six weeks of surgical training during their phase two clerkship, during which they learn basic surgical skills, gain experience as a member of collaborative team, and rotate through subspecialty areas, providing ample opportunities to determine their niche and identify career goals.

Trainees in the General Surgery Residency, our five-year accredited program, become proficient in a range of approaches, including minimally invasive, robotic, and bariatric procedures. Surgery residents gain experience in complex and revisionist cases, become proficient in modern technologies, and participate in our renowned adolescent and adult bariatric program.

We offer the Advanced Gastrointestinal, Bariatric, and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship for trainees who seek additional subspecialty training in this in-demand field. Fellows gain hands-on experience in metabolic and bariatric surgery as well as robotic surgery. Our fellows are not limited to routine practice—they perform complex foregut surgery procedures and collaborate closely with colleagues who specialize in advanced gastrointestinal surgery. NYU Langone is ranked among the top 5 hospitals in the country for gastroenterology and GI surgery.

Our surgeons performed the first peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) procedure in the United States, and we are actively engaged in defining best practices for other advanced technologies.

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Research

Our research studies explore new ways to refine minimally invasive surgical practices and enhance their safety and effectiveness. Our team continues to advance POEM procedures, recently publishing the most extensive data to date regarding POEM safety and efficacy for patients with achalasia (Modayil et al., 2021, Gastorintest Endosc).

Our surgeons have also advanced the field’s knowledge of variations in standard vascular anatomy and understanding factors influencing or predicting extrahepatic blood supply in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, which is instrumental in ensuring the success of surgical and interventional procedures (Sohail et al., 2021, J Surg Case Rep).

In addition, we are leaders in investigating the safety of bariatric surgery in patients with known risk factors, and recently determined that this procedure can be performed safely in patients with congestive heart failure (Brathwaite et al., 2021, Am Surg).

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Services

Our surgeons collaborate with specialists across all of the Department of Surgery’s divisions to perform minimally invasive and robotic-assisted procedures whenever it is clinically feasible. We are pioneers in the use of advanced surgical technologies and continue to identify new minimally invasive approaches.

We provide treatment at the following clinical sites:

Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery Faculty

Collin E. Brathwaite, MD
Jun L. Levine, MD
Venkata K. Kella, MD
Anirudha Goparaju, MD

Contact Us

For inquiries about the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery, please email Dr. Brathwaite, department chair and division chief, at collin.brathwaite@nyulangone.org.