vBloc: Newest Weight-Loss Surgery

Summary: About one in three adults struggles with obesity, a disease that can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and even cancer.
Air Date: 3/26/16
Duration: 60
Host: Michael Roizen, MD
Guest Bio: Collin E. M. Brathwaite, MD, FACS
braithwaiteCollin E. M. Brathwaite, MD, FACS, is the current Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Winthrop University Hospital; a position that he has held as of January 2013. He is also Chief of the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery and Director of the Bariatric Surgery Program. He graduated from the Accelerated (three-year) Medical Program at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington DC in 1983 where he received the Lasalle D. Lefall Jr. MD Award in Surgery. 

He completed his General Surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York and fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at the prestigious Maryland Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. Dr Brathwaite has held faculty appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Allegheny University and at Stony Brook University where he was on the Tenured Staff. 

As an educator he has been the recipient of many teaching awards including the Golden Apple Award for Teaching at Robert Wood Johnson as well as Excellence in Teaching and Attending of the Year on multiple occasions while at Stony Brook. He has been a writer for the Critical Care Medicine In-Training Board Exam and established the ACGME accredited Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Stony Brook. He currently holds a position as Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

As a researcher, Dr. Brathwaite holds three patents and has conducted NIH and other Federally Funded research on which he has served as Principal Investigator for several. He has been the PI for clinical trials in the field of bariatric surgery and deterring post-abdominal surgery adhesion formation. He continues his research today investigating the connection between obesity, diabetes and heart disease. He has also published many articles and presented at multiple national and international conferences. 

Dr Brathwaite is a member of many prestigious professional societies including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Association for Academic Surgery, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society to name a few. He has served in a leadership role in many professional organizations. He is a member of the Foundation Board of York College of the City University of New York and has served on the Board of Directors of the Haddonfield Symphony, a community based symphony in southern New Jersey. Dr Brathwaite has been regularly recognized by Castle Connolly as well as Best Doctors as a leading surgeon in the U.S. in areas of Bariatric Surgery and Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.
vBloc: Newest Weight-Loss Surgery
About one in three adults struggles with obesity, a disease that can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and even cancer.

When years of eating right and exercising don't seem to pay off, you might look into bariatric surgery.

A new minimally invasive option is called vBloc.

This procedure doesn't alter your anatomy and allows you to eat a normal variety of foods. It uses a pacemaker-like device placed just under the skin.

The device blocks hunger signals between your brain and stomach, so you eat less and feel full longer.

Dr. Roizen talks with Dr. Collin Brathwaite, one of the first doctors in the U.S. trained to offer vBloc.

Listen in to learn about the benefits, risks, recovery time and overall results. It might be the thing that helps you finally achieve your ideal weight for good.

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