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Aurora Pryor, MD
President Stony Brook Medicine
Aurora Pryor, MD, MBA, FACS directs the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center. Dr. Pryor, Professor of Surgery, Chief of Bariatric, Foregut and Advanced GI Surgery, is a fellowship-trained, internationally recognized leader in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery. She completed her surgery residency and fellowship at Duke University Medical Center, where she remained on the faculty for nearly a decade. While at Duke, Dr. Pryor served as Chief of General Surgery at Durham Regional Hospital and she was co-Director of the Duke Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery Program. She participated in the Chancellor’s Clinical Leadership Program in Academic Medicine. She also received awards including the Association for Academic Surgery Medical Student Research Award, the American Federation for Clinical Research Trainee Investigator Award for Excellence in Scientific Research and the Four Schools Physician Scientist Training Program Fellowship. She has performed more than 2,000 surgeries.
A patent holder for several surgical technologies, Dr. Pryor is active in research with an extensive list of professional publications, prominence in multiple professional societies, and more than 20 years of experience. She serves as the Treasurer for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and on the executive council of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS), as well as executive liaison for the ASMBS Emerging Technologies and New Procedures and Obesity Prevention committees. Since joining Stony Brook in 2011, Dr. Pryor has been instrumental in the development of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center and has recruited and led our committed, comprehensive staff.
Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD, FACS, FASMS
Treasurer Stony Brook Medicine
Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD, FACS, FASMS, is the associate director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center. A specialist in bariatric and foregut surgery and a Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook, Dr. Spaniolas has nearly a decade of experience in the field. He earned his medical degree from University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens, Greece. His general surgery residency was completed at University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, where he also served as chief resident. He completed his fellowship in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH, and a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston. Prior to joining Stony Brook, he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Advanced Laparoscopic Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, where he also served as co-director of the bariatric and minimally invasive fellowship program and was acting Director of Bariatric Surgery.
A committed physician-scientist, Dr. Spaniolas’ research has been presented and published widely. He is a leader in the field who serves on the Emerging Technologies and Procedures Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and is a member of the Society for the Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity. He currently directs the Surgical Outcomes Assessment Research (SOAR) collaborative for Stony Brook, and has published extensively in the field of bariatric, minimally invasive surgery and type 2 diabetes. Dr. Spaniolas is board certified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and has received the ACS Resident and Associate Society Leadership Scholarship Award.
Dr. Ashutosh Kaul MD
Westchester Medical Center
Dr. Ashutosh Kaul M.D., M.S., F.R.C.S( Edin.)., F.A.C.S is the Director of Minimally Invasive and Robotic surgery at Westchester Medical Center. He is also the Program Director Bariatric Surgery at Greenwich Hospital, CT. Dr. Kaul has been performing Minimally invasive Surgery since 2000 and is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. After his surgical residency from St. Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey he completed a fellowship in Minimally invasive surgery at the Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery, New York.
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 is the past president of NY state chapter American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. 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. He has been selected as “Top Doctor NY Metro area” by Castle Connolly for the last six years and was honored with the “Cutting Edge Award” at the Annual Westchester County Doctors of Distinction Awards in 2017
Dr. Kaul has over 50 international presentations and papers to his credit. He has given presentations at conferences all over the world as a lecturer and keynote speaker. His work has appeared in numerous national and international medical journals. Dr. Kaul is a peer reviewer for such prestigious scientific journals as Annals of Surgery, The Lancet, International Journal of Surgery and more.
Along with other members of the Surgery team at Westchester Medical Center Dr. Kaul has performed live surgeries by teleconference at many International society meetings. They are also innovators in robotic surgery, being amongst the first to use robotics in gastric bypass surgery.
Dr. Kaul is program co-director of Minimally Invasive Fellowship training at New York Medical College. He is a gifted teacher, having trained more than three dozen fellows who have gone on to practice around the world.
Dominick Gadaleta, MD
DOMINICK GADALETA, MD, FACS, FASMBS serves as Chair, Department of Surgery, Director, Perioperative Services Southside Hospital, and Director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Robotics Program North Shore University Hospital, Northwell Health. He has been a Site Surveyor, ACS / MBSAQIP Accreditation Program since 2015, and a member of CMBS Data and Quality Subcommittee (ACS/MBSAQIP)and has served as a Site Mentor for the MBSAQIP D.R.O.P. Initiative (readmission) and MBSAQIP E.N.E.R.G.Y (ERAS) Initiative. He has been doing Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery since 1997, and was a founding member and past president of the New York State Chapter of ASMBS.
Mitch Roslin, MD
Lenox Hill Hospital
Mitchell Roslin, MD, FACS, FASMBS, has dedicated his professional career to the treatment of morbid obesity. He is considered one of the best bariatric surgeons in New York.
Dr. Mitchell Roslin has been performing weight loss surgery in New York since 1994 and laparoscopic obesity surgery since 2000. He was part of the LAP-BAND® System clinical trial and has expertise in duodenal switch, revisional bariatric surgery and SIPS surgery.
Dr. Roslin is frequently asked by private bariatric practices all over the country to teach established surgeons new techniques and procedures. Recently, Dr. Roslin has served as invited faculty and given talks in Israel, Mexico, and Europe.
Additionally, Dr. Roslin has been an innovator in the search for new and 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 surgery.
Dr. Mitchell Roslin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at New York University and received his surgical training at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.
In 1996, Dr. Roslin became the Director of Bariatric Surgery at the Maimonides Medical Center. In 2000, he was appointed the Chief of Obesity Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and has supervised its growth into one of the most prestigious programs in the United States. Dr. Mitchell Roslin is also the President of Manhattan Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery PC.
Dr. Roslin is a faculty member at the Minimally Invasive Surgical Symposium, The Consensus Conference on Sleeve Gastrectomy. He is the editor of the VideoTextBook of Bariatric Surgery, serves as the major teaching proctor for sleeve gastrectomy and duodenal switch, and is the course director for symposiums on revisional bariatric surgery.
Dr. Mitchell Roslin has received numerous awards during his career. He has been voted one of the outstanding doctors in New York, by both Castle and Connolly and New York Magazine. Dr. Roslin recently has been selected as one of the best minimally invasive surgeons in New York. He is the founding president of the NYS-ASMBS and co chair of the access committee of ASMBS.
Dr. Roslin has been an active advocate for breaking through insurance barriers to bariatric surgery.
William O'Malley, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
William O’Malley, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the Director of Bariatric Surgery at Highland Hospital. He has been a bariatric surgeon since 1997 and has performed nearly 4,000 bariatric surgical procedures. He introduced Laparoscopic Bariatric surgery to the region in 2000.
He was certified by the American Board of Surgery in 1997.
Dr. O’Malley performs multiple types of Bariatric procedures depending on an individual patients need. He is experienced in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Open Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Duodenal Switch, Open Duodenal Switch, Banded Gastroplasty, Laparoscopic Gastric Banding and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomies. Dr. O’Malley performs the largest number of Bariatric procedures in New York.
Dr O’Malley has traveled within the Region and internationally to teach and demonstrate advanced Laproscopic techniques in Bariatric Surgery. He has mentored and trained numerous surgeons to perform Bariatric Surgery profession. Recently, Dr. O’Malley has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show and was asked to contribute to Good Housekeeping/Redbook magazine in 2009 as a subject matter expert.
Dr. O’Malley is actively involved in improving the Quality of patient care at Highland Hospital. He has been Co-Chair of the Surgical Quality Committee and is a Surgical Representative for the Credentialing Committee. He is the Medical Director of the Bariatric Fellowship program.
– Dr. O’Malley is a member of the Fellow American College of Surgeons 1999-Present
– Rochester Surgical Society, 1999- Present ( Past President)
– Monroe County Medical Society 2001-Present
– American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 2001-Present
Dang Tuan Pham, MD
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Dang Tuan Pham, MD, graduated from University of Medicine Paris VI Pierre et Marie Curie. His initial interest was in Neurological Surgery and he did his initial training in Paris for 2 years prior to switching to General Surgery, completing his residency training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He then joined the Military (United States Air Force) and travel the World (Japan, Korea, Germany, Turkey) practicing General and Trauma Surgery as well as introducing the then budding Minimally Invasive Surgery to all the remote locations while maintaining his skills with constant contact with stateside SAGES (which he joined in 1989). In 2002, he transitioned to the US Air Force Reserve after accepting a general surgical position in the private sector. In 2009 Dr. Pham relocated to Buffalo and joined Synergy Bariatrics under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Caruana. He brought his Laparoscopic skillset to complement the Bariatrics services and quickly embrace the field with a patient centric focus providing compassionate care and superior minimally invasive surgery technical skills. He was the first in Buffalo and Western New York to introduce Single Incision Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Placement, Single Incision Laparoscopic Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, Laparoscopic Revisional Procedures, Laparoscopic BilioPancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch and Robotically Assisted Bariatric Surgeries (Including R-Y Gastric Bypass and Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch). In 2012 He founded Buffalo Minimally Invasive Weight Loss Surgical Solutions (BMI-WLSS) and quickly attract a large number of followers due to his staff and his compassionate and personalized care ( often referred to as “Phamily”). His dedicated involvement with patients follow up and outcomes, and his very active and well attended support groups has earned his practice multiple Awards and even an article in the Obesity Action Coalition’s “Your Weight Matters” magazine. His passion involves teaching, medical students, residents, allied healthcare students and conducting local meetings involving bariatric professional as well as the NY State Chapter of ASMBS.
Genna Hymowitz-Popovich, PhD
Stony Brook Medicine
Genna Hymowitz-Popovich, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry & Surgery, Director Behavioral Medicine Program, L. Krasner Psychological Center, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University
Dr. Hymowitz-Popovich is a clinical psychologist at Stony Brook University. In her clinical roles at the Bariatric and Metabolic Weight Loss Center and the L. Krasner Psychological Center, Dr. Hymowitz conducts behavioral medicine assessments, provides individual and group psychological treatment to patients pre and post bariatric surgery, and provides consultation with regard to the overall psychological care of bariatric surgery patients. Dr. Hymowitz also provides individual and group evidence-based interventions for weight management, smoking cessation, chronic pain, insomnia, and depression and anxiety related to chronic medical illnesses. Additionally, Dr. Hymowitz provides clinical supervision, instruction, and training to doctoral students in the Stony Brook University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, and to advanced graduate students from clinical and school psychology programs throughout the Long Island and New York City areas. Dr. Hymowitz’s research focuses on psychological factors impacting physical symptoms and on cognitive biases in obesity and gastrointestinal motility disorders.
A team of advanced doctoral students in the Krasner Psychological Center Behavioral Medicine Externship program works directly with Dr. Hymowitz. These trainees have acquired specialized skills in conducting pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluations, and providing psychological interventions to patients pre and post bariatric surgery.