About Our Program

Marc Bessler, MDWelcome to the Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, with locations in Westchester, New York and Bergen County, New Jersey. We understand what it means to constantly struggle with your weight, and we are pleased to offer the opportunity for a long-term solution. We have helped many people achieve Weight Loss for Life through surgery, the only proven long-term treatment for severe obesity. The center has been recognized by the American College of Surgeons with the prestigious Bariatric Center of Excellence Level 1A designation.

In choosing to have surgery with us, you will benefit from a comprehensive program staffed by an expert team of Board-certified surgeons who are recognized pioneers in laparoscopic weight loss surgery. Nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and registered dietitians complete the team. You will also benefit from our steadfast commitment to long-term personalized care.

Weight Loss for Life is our guiding principle because surgery usually provides lifelong weight loss. In addition, people who are able to maintain an appropriate weight may enjoy longer life expectancy than those who are severely overweight.

Most of our patients realize substantial weight loss soon after surgery, and experience a significant improvement in health and quality of life.

Surgery is only one component of our patient care. Equally important is what comes before and after: our careful and thorough pre-operative evaluation and education, and the lifelong follow-up and support our teams provide. Before our patients enter the operating room, they know exactly what to expect from surgery and what steps they will have to take afterward to maximize weight loss. As you take those first steps and settle into new routines and habits, you will have our full support. Whatever your questions or concerns about particular foods or activities, or about getting through a food-centered holiday or event, we are committed to being there with you every step of the way.

One measure of our success is the community of patients that has grown out of our program. We have established formal and informal ways to stay connected, from our newsletters to clothing exchanges and monthly support meetings. A number of our patients will be happy to speak with you about weight loss surgery and their personal experiences.

Choosing to undergo weight loss surgery is one of the most significant decisions you will ever make. For many, it is life transforming. For us, there is no greater satisfaction than to watch a patient emerge healthier, with an improved self-image, and a newfound vitality for life. On behalf of our staff, we invite you to learn more about our programs to help you decide if Weight Loss for Life is right for you.


Marc Bessler, MD, FACS
Director, Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center