Obesity is a major health problem approaching an epidemic proportions. An NIH consensus conference on the surgical treatment of obesity recommended consideration of surgery in patients with a BMI of greater than 40 kg/m2 without medical complications or a BMI of greater than 35 kg/m2 if a severe comorbidity were present. Nearly all morbidly obese patients with satisfactory postoperative weight loss, experience substantial improvement in the quality of their lives. At present, Roux en Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) may be the only bariatric operation that has produced durable long-term weight loss at an acceptable level of risk. Complications, either peri-operative or delayed occur frequently. Early recognition of these complications and meticulous attention to details are thus of paramount importance in this group of high-risk patients.
Attending Surgeon General Surgery and Transplantation Washington Hospital Center Washington DC 1992- 1996
Assistant Clinical Professor Department of Surgery George Washington University Washington DC 1992- present
Senior staff surgeon Henry Ford Hospital Detroit MI 1991-1992
Medical director transplantation services Sierra Medical center El Paso Texas 1989-1991
Clinical Associate Professor in Surgery, Attending Surgeon in Transplantation and General Surgery Department of Surgery, SUNY at Stony Brook, , New York 11794 1982-1989
Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel, M.D. 1975
Resident in General Surgery, SUNY at Stony Brook, New York 1976 – 1981
Transplantation Fellowship SUNY at Stony Brook, New York 1981- 1982
American Board of Surgery Certification #037547, December 3, 1982.
American Board of Surgery Recertified October 1998
Licensed in Maryland
University of Arizona College of Law JD May 1999
Disabled VA Benefits
What is the VA disability rating system?
Unlike the SSA, which grants benefits for persons who are unable to work at any job in the national economy, the VA grants benefits for persons whose impairment can potentially decrease their ability to earn a living. The VA disability rating system provides degrees of impairment from 0-100% in increments of 10. The lowest compensable rating is 10% which pays a claimant $115/month (as of December of 2006). A 100% rating provides for monthly benefits of $2,471.