Recognized as an American College of Surgeons Level 1a Accredited Bariatric Center.

Bariatric surgeons at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals in Manhattan have a long tradition of treating obesity. The Institute for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals was formally established in 1999 and has become nationally known for its focus on minimally invasive options for weight loss surgery, as well as its impressive success statistics and rates of patient satisfaction. The Institute also delivers long-term and comprehensive post-surgical care, always an essential ingredient in weight-loss maintenance.

The program is a center of excellence for St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals and is a part of the hospital’s Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery. Certified as an American College of Surgeons Center of Excellence for Obesity Surgery, the Center is also affiliated with the New York Center for Obesity Research at St. Luke’s Hospital , which is nationally recognized for its expertise in the study and treatment of obesity.

Our experienced team is a critical ingredient for long-term weight loss success.


Bariatric Team:

  • Louis Brusco, MD, Anesthesiologist and Critical Care physician, is the program’s medical director for postoperative care.
  • Nurse Practitioner Victoria Drake, ANP, coordinates preoperative workup, postoperative care, and long-term follow-up.
  • Nutritionist Toni Colarusso, RD is responsible for the preoperative evaluation process, nutritional guidelines, and long-term follow-up.
  • Deborah Haller, PhD, a psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, provides psychological evaluations.
  • Blandine Laferrere, MD, serves as our medical liaison with the Department of Endocrinology.

For more specifics about life after bariatric surgery and the post-bariatric surgery diet, see our Patient Tools section.

Ready to learn more? Use our appointment scheduling form to schedule an initital consultation. For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar on bariatric surgery, please call (212) 636-1000.

The Institute for Bariatric and Minimally Invasive at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt Hospitals offers easily accessible ways for you to get information throughout the entire process, including classes and support groups, videos, links, handouts and forms.
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