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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Receives Highest Accreditation for
Bariatric Surgery

Marc Bessler, MD
Marc Bessler, MD, Director of the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Center for Obesity Surgery

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has accredited NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as a Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) hospital with the highest possible designation (1A), in recognition of the Hospital's ability to offer patients the best care available. The top-level designation is a first for New York state and one of only seven nationwide.

Bariatric surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia is led by Dr. Marc Bessler, Director of the Center for Obesity Surgery and director of laparoscopic surgery and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Bessler is the inventor of several surgical devices and procedures, including the gastrointestinal staplescope; a gastrointestinal tissue approximating and attaching device; and a device and method for performing laparoscopic vertical-banded gastroplasty.

"Patients can expect privacy and personalized attention, from the time of their initial consultation through lifelong follow-up," says Dr. Eric Rose, surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and Chairman of the Columbia University Department of Surgery. "We pride ourselves on confidentiality and the individuality of each patient, and aim to have all patients feel comfortable and confident prior to surgery."

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