About Our Board
President: Terence Clarke, MD
Medical Director, Bariatric Surgery
Ellis Medicine Bariatric Care Center
Dr. Clarke completed his surgical residency at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pennsylvania. Drawn by all things laparoscopic, he finished his training at the New York Hospital of Queens fellowship in Bariatrics and Minimally Invasive Surgery.
After the post graduate years, he helped create a hospital based bariatric practice in Schenectady, New York. The growth and success of the Ellis Hospital Bariatric Care Center culminated with the designation of Center of Excellence status.
Through various committee participation, county medical society leadership, and developing a division in bariatric medicine, Dr. Clarke is steeply involved with the advancement of bariatric care locally. He welcomes the opportunity to tackle our patient’s and colleague’s issues on a state wide level.
Trustee: William A. Graber, MD, FACS
- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse, NY
- Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, Utica/New Hartford, NY
Dr. William Graber recognized the need for a weight loss surgery program in Upstate New York in 2002 and has been performing bariatric surgery since then. His practice has performed over 6,000 bariatric surgeries on those affected by obesity, in both his Utica/New Hartford and Syracuse, NY locations. His practice specializes in the treatment of overweight/obesity with the use laparoscopic gastric bypass, gastric sleeve resections, adjustment of gastric bands, and revisional surgeries. Dr. Graber holds a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College in Pennsylvania and a medical doctorate from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He completed his residency at Boston University and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
Trustee: Manish Parikh, MD, FACS
Manish Parikh, MD is an Associate Professor of Surgery at New York University School of Medicine and Director of the Bariatric Surgery program at Bellevue Hospital, New York NY. Bellevue Hospital is the oldest public hospital in the United States and is the largest safety-net hospital in NYC.
He completed his surgical residency at NYU Medical Center and laparoscopic/bariatric fellowship at NY-Presbyterian Cornell/Columbia. He currently serves on the Clinical Issues Committee for the ASMBS. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.
Dr Parikh is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), and a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the Society for American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
Immediate Past President: Dr. Ashutosh Kaul, MD, FACS, FRCS
Assistant Professor of Surgery Director of Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery Bariatric & General Surgery New York Medical College Dr. Kaul has been performing obesity surgery since 2000 and is a member of the Association for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Kaul is a Board Certified general surgeon, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. He graduated at the top of his class in medical school in India. After finishing his post-graduation in Surgery from a tertiary care center (PGIMER) in India, he worked as a registrar in the UK. He then finished his surgical residency from St. Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey and completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, New York. He was selected in the 2002 list of “Americas Top Minimally Invasive Surgeons” by Consumers Research Council of America and is an Honored member of Strathmore’s Who’s Who 2002-2003 Edition. In 1998 he was selected as an “Outstanding Young man of America” in their thirty first edition. Dr. Kaul has over 50 international presentations, book chapters and papers to his credit.
Secretary: Gregory Dakin, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College Dr. Gregory Dakin received his undergraduate degree with honors from Colgate University and obtained his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine in 1997. He completed his general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 2003, including a research fellowship in laparoscopy. Upon finishing his residency, he entered into a clinical fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Dakin joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2004 as Assistant Professor of Surgery. Dr. Dakin devotes considerable time to the development of physicians in training by leading an ongoing training lab in laparoscopy and simulation. He serves as Director of the third-year Surgery Clerkship. His clinical interests include bariatric and metabolic surgery and minimally invasive abdominal surgery.
Trustee: William E. O'Malley, MD, FACS
- Bariatric & General/Laparoscopic Surgeon – Rochester, NY since 1996
- Highland Hospital / University of Rochester – Rochester, NY
- Assistant Professor of Surgery
University of Rochester
- Director of the Bariatric Surgery Center
- Program Director, Bariatric Surgery Fellowship
Highland Hospital/University of Rochester
He received a BA in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1985 and an MD from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1991. His surgical internship was at SUNY Buffalo and he completed his residency at the University of Rochester in 1996, when he joined the faculty of the Department of Surgery there.
Dr. O’Malley began his laparoscopic bariatric surgical practice in 2000 and has since performed over 5000 procedures and has performed live surgery demonstrations locally and in Europe and has presented discussion at conferences and teaching courses in Europe and the Middle East.
The Bariatric Surgery Center at Highland Hospital has grown to be one of the consistently busiest such practices in New York State. Dr. O’Malley offers patients laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, laparoscopic duodenal switch and laparoscopic revisional surgery. He has a particular interest in Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery, particularly gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomy as well as cholecystectomy and colectomy.
As a Bariatric Fellowship Program Director, Dr. O’Malley’s other professional interests involve training the next generation of surgeons to care for his growing patient population.
Senior Past President: Dominick Gadaleta, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Associate Chair Department of Surgery Chief of General Surgery Co-Director Bariatric Surgery North Shore – LIJ Health Systems Dr. Gadaleta is a board certified surgeon with 20 years experience. He specializes in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. He is an expert in the latest techniques in Bariatric Surgery, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding, Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Endoscopic “Incisionless” Procedures. Dr. Gadaleta lectures extensively throughout the healthcare system to bring the special needs of the bariatric patient to the forefront. He has published numerous articles dealing with prejudice and the discrimination of obese patients within the medical community, as well as bariatric procedures and complication prevention. Dr. Gadaleta serves as the Division Chief of General Surgery as well as the Associate Chair of the Department of Surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Education: Rutgers College B.A. with Honors,1982 The George Washington University Medical School, M.D.,1986 Internship and Residency, North Shore University Hospital, 1986-1991 Fellowship in Surgical Infection and Critical Care, North Shore University Hospital,1991-1992
Treasurer: Alok D. Gandhi, DO, FACOS, FASMBS
Bariatrics of Western New York Rochester General Hospital Dr. Gandhi’s interest and dedication to the treatment of morbid obesity started in his bariatric surgery fellowship at the University Medical Center at Princeton in 2007. Since then, he has been serving the needs of the morbidly obese in the western New York community. Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Gandhi completed his internship and residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx New York. A lifelong New Yorker, he completed his undergraduate and medical school at the New York Institute of Technology/New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Gandhi is a member of ASMBS, SAGES and is looking forward to his fellowship induction to the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons this year. In addition, he serves on several local and state committees focused on improving access to quality healthcare. He has published several papers in the fields of bariatric and general surgery.
Trustee: Collin Brathwaite, MD, FACS
- Chairman, Department of Surgery
- Chief, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York
- Associate Professor of Surgery,
- Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York
Dr Collin EM Brathwaite is Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Winthrop University Hospital on Long Island. He is also Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program at Winthrop. Dr Brathwaite is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Stony Brook University.
He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine where he completed medical school in only three years, receiving the Lasalle D. Lefall Award with Honors in Surgery. His Internship and Residency in General Surgery, which included training in open bariatric surgery, were obtained at St Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, where he finished in 1988.
Dr Brathwaite also attended advanced Fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. He has actively practiced bariatric surgery since 1998. Dr Brathwaite has directed Bariatric Surgery programs at Stony Brook University as well as St Catherine of Siena Medical Center, both on Long Island.
He is an active member in the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society for Laparoendoscopic Surgery and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society to name a few.
He has been the recipient of several teaching awards, has authored or co-authored numerous publications on various aspects of surgery, and at present holds two patents.
His current research interests include clinical outcomes from various bariatric surgery procedures and investigations on the impact of gastric bypass on Type 2 diabetes and obesity using a laboratory model.
Dr Brathwaite has also been honored as a clinician by being listed as a “Top Doc” by Philadelphia Magazine, as well as citation by Best Doctors in America on several occasions and as one of America’s Top Surgeons by Castle Connolly Medicine Ltd.
Dr Brathwaite has served on the Bariatric Surgery Review Committee, of the ASMBS and has served as a consultant to the Health Plan Association of New York and the New York State Department of Health in developing and implementing Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery in the state. He has established and directed Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence programs in both the private practice and the academic practice setting.
Senior Past President: Mitchell S. Roslin, MD, FACS
Chief, Bariatric Surgery Lenox Hill Hospital Access to Care Representative Dr Roslin has dedicated his professional career to the treatment of morbid obesity. He has been performing obesity surgery in New York City since 1994. In 1996, he was made the Director of Bariatric Surgery at the Maimonides Medical Center. In 2000 he was appointed the Chief of Obesity Surgery at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital and has supervised its growth into one of the most prestigious programs in the United States. Considered one of the best bariatric surgeons in New York, Dr. Roslin is also the President of Manhattan Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery P.C. Dr. Roslin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at New York University and did his surgical training at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Roslin has received numerous awards during his career. He was named one of New York’s Best Minimally Invasive Surgeons by New York Magazine and has been on both Castle Connolly’s and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors lists. Additionally, he has been an innovator in the search for better treatments. He holds several patents in the emerging field of Pacing Technology for the treatment of obesity. Most recently he has designed a method for the endoscopic treatment of relapse following gastric bypass. Dr. Roslin has been performing laparoscopic obesity surgery in New York City since 2000. He was part of the LAP-BAND® System clinical trial and has expertise in duodenal switch and revisional bariatric surgery. He is frequently asked by private bariatric practices all over the country to teach established surgeons new techniques and procedures.