We are the FIRST and have the largest experience with virtually scarless single incision Lap-band and Sleeve Gastrectomy in the Northeast.





Our patients, on average, maintain a 50% weight loss of their excess weight. We are THE INDUSTRY LEADER.



Your path to a new life, a new you!


Are you disheartened that your weight loss plan is failing? Are you frustrated that your diet plan isn't reaping fruitful results? The only time you can gain by losing something is at the Tristate Bariatric Group. We assure you that you will lose weight and gain a healthier lifestyle. At Tristate Bariatrics, we have more experience in weight loss treatment than any other medical group in the tri-state area. We will lead you down the path of successful weight loss and help you make the best decisions about your health.

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Meet the Team at the Tristate Bariatric Group

The journey to weight loss starts with the right team to guide and support you. Our team consists of not just health providers, but also administrative personnel to guide you from the first time you speak to us, to the point where you no longer need us. We are a strong team of bariatric nutritionists, experienced surgeons, and talented, helpful staff lead by Dr. Shawn M Garber. We have a full administrative team and support groups, easily accessible to you, to help guide you on your journey to a better, happier and healthier life.

Dr. Shawn M Garber is the Founder and Director of the Tristate Bariatrics Group. He completed his general surgery training at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and advanced laparoscopic surgery fellowship at the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Garber also mastered the laparoscopic gastric bypass procedure for obesity.

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Let the highly experienced surgeons and helpful staff at Tristate New York Bariatric Group guide you along your weight loss journey.

Dr. Garber is the Chief of Bariatric Surgery at St. Francis Hospital, as well as Chief of Bariatric Surgery for the entire Catholic Health System. He has performed more than 3500 laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures; 3500 Lap-band procedures and over 3000 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy procedures. He helped develop the single incision Lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy technique. He has the most experience with the practically scar-less technique for Lap-band and sleeve gastrectomy. He has been on several TV talk shows and has been featured in the New York Times as the premiere Bariatric Surgeon in the New York area.

Dr. Garber is on the medical advisory board of He is also a New York State trooper police surgeon. He has received the ‘Patient’s Choice Award’ as ‘New York State’s Favorite Physician’ several times and has been voted ‘Most Compassionate Doctor’ in the country. He has also been recognized as a Vital top 10 Doctor.

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Obesity is a medical condition where excess fat accumulates to an extent that it starts to harm your health. It is commonly caused by excessive food intake, genetics and lack of physical activity. Few cases are caused by medications, mental disorder, genes, and endocrine disorder. You can prevent obesity by making a change in your lifestyle. You can also use medications along with a suitable diet to reduce appetite or decrease fat absorption. If none of these are effective, you may be a candidate for a gastric balloon or bariatric surgery.



Weight Loss Procedures

Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass


If you are looking for a non-surgical procedure to help you lose weight, then the FDA approved gastric balloon or weight loss balloon may be the right option for you. Gastric balloon, also known as stomach balloon is an inflatable medical device that is placed into the stomach to reduce weight. It is the go-to option when diet and exercise have failed you. The balloon limits the amount of food intake and creates a feeling of fullness. Less intake of food leads to weight loss. After a specified period, the device is removed using endoscopy. The placement of the balloon not only helps you lose weight but also lowers your risk of potentially serious weight-related health problems such as Heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes.

Dr. Garber & his team at Tristate Bariatrics are some of the most experienced surgeons in gastric balloon placement in the country. He is one of the first few doctors in the country who was trained on the balloons.

There are two main types of non-surgical weight loss balloons.

  • The Orbera gastric balloon
  • The Obalon gastric balloon

The Obalon balloon capsule is the only FDA approved non-surgical gastric balloon system. It is a gas-filled weight loss balloon. You will swallow the pill which dissolves in the stomach to allow the capsule to expand. You will be asked to follow a device-assisted diet program and exercise which should be continued even after the balloon is extracted. Apart from losing weight, this procedure will significantly improve your cholesterol and lower blood pressure.

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Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery includes a variety of procedures performed on people suffering from obesity. These procedures vary depending on your body mass index and your overall health condition. Weight loss is achieved through:

  • Sleeve gastrectomy: removal of a portion of your stomach
  • Gastric band: to reduce the size of your stomach
  • Gastric bypass surgery: to resect and re-route the small intestine to a small stomach pouch

These procedures cause significant weight loss, helps one recover from diabetes, improves your cardiovascular risk factor and reduces one’s mortality rate. The different types of bariatric procedures can be grouped into three categories, blocking, restricting, and mixed.

Procedures such as the Duodenal switch block the absorption of food and reduce your stomach size. It is a restrictive procedure which requires you to take vitamins, dietary minerals, and long-term nutritional follow-up. Restrictive procedures such as Adjustable gastric banding (lap-band), sleeve gastrectomy, gastric balloon, take up space in your stomach or shrink the size of your stomach, making you feel fuller, in turn making you eat less.

Tristate Bariatrics does most of these procedures laparoscopically. We also offer other weight loss procedures such as the minimally invasive band and sleeve, banded plication, aspireassist, and medically supervised weight loss. We also provide surgery for adolescents. Revisional bariatric procedures include Band over the bypass, rose procedures and Stomaphyx for those who need additional assistance in losing weight post bariatric surgery.

At the Tristate Bariatric Group we are committed to our patient’s needs. Our dedicated team of certified surgeons, doctors and staff work towards the safest and most effective weight loss journey possible.


Our Doctors

Spencer A. Holover M.D.

Dr. Holover has performed over 1200 Laparoscopic Gastric Bypasses, over 1800 Lap-Bands and 400 Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures. He is one of the first and most experienced surgeons on Long Island to perform Single Incision Lap-Band Surgery (SILS).

Jeffrey W. Chiao M.D.

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Chiao is a board certified bariatric and general surgeon from the American Board of Surgery.

Eric A. Sommer M.D.

Performed over 300 bariatric procedures including Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding.

Joseph R. Gaudio M.D.

Board certified anesthesiologist provides anesthesia during endoscopy and colonoscopy procedures in our office.

Pankti Patel M.D.

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

Nikhilesh Sekhar M.D.

Dr. Sekhar is a Board Certified Bariatric and General Surgeon. He is a graduate of, UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey,

Sherard Chiu M.D.

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.

Kevin Small M.D.

Dr. Kevin Small is a well-known innovator and an educator in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has received many honors and awards citing his excellence in academics, teaching, and research from prestigious organizations.

Channing Chin M.D.

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.

Candice Chipman M.D.

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.

Elizabeth Godshall M.D.

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.

Nirav Desai M.D.

Dr. Desai studied in Chicago at Northwestern University where he completed his undergraduate education.

If you are ready to lose weight, you have many options at our Tristate Bariatric Group. We combine surgical expertise, patience, compassion, and the confidence to lead you through the journey to successful weight loss.