Researcher’s Profile

Jeffrey L. Zitsman, MD

Americas Top Doctor : 
Director, Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
Conroy R, Lee EJ, Jean A, Oberfield SE, Sopher A, Kiefer K, Raker C, McMahon DJ, Zitsman JL, Fennoy I. Effect of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) on metabolic syndrome & its risk factors in morbidly obese adolescents. J Obesity 2011;2011:906384 Epub 2010 Sep 29.
Zitsman JL, Fennoy I, Witt MA, Schauben J, Devlin MJ, Bessler, M: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding in adolescents: short-term results. J Ped Surg 2011; 46:157-162.
Zitsman JL , DiGiorgi MF, Marr JR, Witt MA, Bessler M. Comparative outcomes of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) in adolescents and adults., Surg Obes Relat Dis, 2011;7:720-726.
Sysko R, Devlin, MJ, Hildebrandt T, Brewer S, Zitsman JL, Walsh BT. Psychological outcomes and predictors of weight loss among severely obese adolescents receiving bariatric surgery. J Clin Psychiatry, 2012;73: 1351-1357.
Freidl EK, Sysko R, Devlin MJ, Zitsman JL, Walsh BT. School and Cognitive Functioning Problems in Adolescent Bariatric Surgery Candidates. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 2013;9: 991-6.

Dr. Zitsman graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in natural sciences, and received his M.D. degree from Tufts University Medical School in 1976. He received his training in General Surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, and completed his Pediatric Surgery training at the Babies & Children's Hospital of New York. He is Board-Certified in General Surgery and Pediatric Surgery, and also holds a Certificate of Special Competence in Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. Zitsman has maintained an active clinical practice in pediatric surgery in the New York area since 1985. He holds the rank of Professor of Surgery at the Columbia University Medical Center. His areas of interest include applications of minimally invasive techniques in pediatric surgery, chest wall deformities, and weight loss surgery in adolescents. Dr. Zitsman has been named to Castle Connolly’s Best Doctors in the New York area list annually since 2002.

Dr. Zitsman is founder and Director of the Center for Adolescent Bariatric Surgery at the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. He is Principal Investigator for an FDA-approved adolescent laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding study. He has performed over 200 minimal access weight loss procedures and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Obesity of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He is a member of the Program Committee and the Childhood Obesity Committee of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and has served as a Consultant to the Medical Devices Evaluation Panel of the FDA.