The toll of being morbidly obese is great. Having a body mass index—BMI—greater than 30 increases the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack as well as kidney and liver disease. In the United States alone, obesity is responsible for an estimated 30,000 premature deaths each year.
If you are considering weight loss surgery to improve your health, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center—an ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Program of Excellence—has a dedicated team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, dieticians and other health care professionals devoted to guiding you through the process. For more information on our bariatric surgery options, click here
St. Joseph's program is designated a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This program, administered by the Surgical Review Corp., advances the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care. It also recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. The program is structured to continuously improve care quality and patient safety.
According to the ASMBS, truly excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility at which the surgery is performed. The BSCOE designation is, therefore, awarded to both the surgeon and facility, which enables patients to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term follow-up care from those who have not. There are two surgeons practicing at St. Joseph's who have earned the ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation. They are William Graber, MD, and Dmitri Baranov, MD.
The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence program was developed in conjunction with leading bariatric surgeons, hospital administrators, health plans, researchers and patient advocates. A commitment to long-term patient care and success necessitates that the requirements be comprehensive, research-based and verified through a rigorous site inspection.
To earn the designation, St. Joseph's provided information on all aspects of its bariatric surgery program and processes, including data on surgical outcomes. St. Joseph's is required participate in the world's largest repository of clinical patient data for the bariatric surgery specialty. This helps St. Joseph's continually maintain excellence by comparing its outcomes with other bariatric surgery programs.
For more information about bariatric surgery and St. Joseph's Program of Excellence, please see the following:
Bariatric Surgery Support Group
A support group for those who have had bariatric surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center or elsewhere.
Meeting date and time: Every third Wednesday of every month, 6:30 p.m.
Meeting place: St. Joseph's Health Care Network Building
7246 Janus Park Drive (off Taft Road)
Liverpool, New York
Conference Room A (2nd floor)
Please park in cardiopulmonary patient parking section.
Contact person: Danielle O’Brien, 315-448-5825