Our Doctors

From answering all your questions in our in-depth consultations, coordinating with your insurance provider or scheduling you for reflux surgery, the specialists at the New York Reflux Group are committed to helping you attain your health and wellness goals. Our team is dedicated to providing patients with the highest level of care and attention.

Shawn M. Garber

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Garber is the founder of New York Bariatric Group. He has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries including sleeve gastrectomies, and over 3500 Lap Bands, and 3500 gastric bypasses. A leader in his field, Dr. Garber also helped develop the single incision Lap-Band and sleeve gastrectomy techniques. He is asked to teach other surgeons around the country this virtually scarless technique. His surgical skills, combined with his bedside manner, earn substantial praise from patients.

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Spencer A. Holover

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Prior to joining New York Bariatric Group. Dr. Holover was the Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Pittsburgh. During this time he performed cutting edge research, gave presentations at major national meetings, and helped train and surgeons around the country. Dr. Holover was one of the first surgeons to perform a gastric sleeve, and also one of the first surgeons to publish a clinical gastric sleeve article. He has done thousands of weight loss surgeries, and has won multiple awards including placement on the “Top Doctors” list and “Most Compassionate” list.

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John D. Angstadt

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Before moving to NYC to join New York Bariatric Group, Dr. Angstadt founded the only bariatric surgery program in South Georgia. His commitment to surgical excellence and follow up with patients earned the program the certification of a Center of Excellence. He now performs weight loss surgeries including gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, and Lap Band procedures in NYC. Dr. Angstadt has been featured on television and speaks regularly on issues surrounding management of obesity. His patients appreciate his technical skills, as well as his understanding that losing weight is a complex journey.

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Nikhilesh R. Sekhar

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Sekhar is a New York native who is a Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon. After graduating from medical school, he received his general surgery and trauma training at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, NY. He then completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery at Vanderbilt. In addition to performing extensive weight loss surgeries, Dr. Sekhar is an expert in treating reflux and hernias.

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Eric A. Sommer

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Sommer is a native of New York. Although he went to California for college, and Boston for surgical training, he is proud to return to NYC to perform bariatric surgery. To advance his knowledge and surgical expertise, Dr. Sommer completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic, Bariatric and Robotic Surgery. He brings his skill to New York Bariatric Group, where he performs a variety of weight loss surgeries for patients.

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Jeffrey W. Chiao

MD, FACS, FASMBS

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Chiao is a Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon. He developed an interest in minimally invasive techniques in all aspects of surgery, especially bariatrics, and decided to pursue advanced training. Following general surgery training, Dr. Chiao completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, and has now joined New York Bariatric Group to treat patients locally.

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Sherard Chiu

MD

A graduate of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Chiu completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery from the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine. Dr. Chiu is certified with the daVinci System for robotic surgery and is American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Fellowship Certified.

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Pankti Patel

MD

Dr. Patel is American Board of Surgery certified as well with the daVinci System for Robotic Surgery. Additionally, she is an active member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

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Nirav Desai

MD

Dr. Desai spent his childhood in the southern United States growing up in Columbus, Georgia, a city known for its charm on the border of Alabama. He left the south to study in Chicago at Northwestern University where he completed his undergraduate education.

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Candice Chipman

MD

Dr. Chipman graduated from Tufts University in Medford, MA. After graduation, she got involved in health care, working in New Orleans to create health councils to improve public health.

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Elizabeth Godshall

MD

Dr. Godshall is a New York native, born and raised in Westchester County, New York. Dr. Godshall completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She earned her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA where she was honored by induction into the AOA Honor Medical Society.

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Channing Chin

MD, FACS, FASMBS

Dr. Chin is a native of Louisiana. He has trained extensively in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and has practiced on both east and west coasts.

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