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Bariatric Program

Weight loss is a personal journey for every individual. When diet and exercise are simply not enough, many turn to other options to lose the weight. St. Mary's General Hospital's Bariatric Program creates a personal weight-loss program with an individualized care plan aimed at transforming the patient's life through weight loss, as well as reversing the onset of life-threatening disease.

Weight loss surgery, known medically as bariatric surgery, is performed on patients who are approximately 100 pounds or more overweight and have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise programs, and weight-loss medications. Someone who is 60-80 pounds overweight may qualify if he or she has a medical condition related to obesity. In addition to surgery, St. Mary's General Bariatric Surgery Program provides counseling in the nutrition, exercise and psycho social aspects of obesity.

St. Mary's General Hospital offers minimally invasive weight loss surgery performed by the New York Bariatric Group, home to some of the country's leading bariatric surgeons. Weightloss procedures include:

Supporting Our Patients

Weight loss surgery is a major procedure and a life-changing decision. We offer all the care you need before and after surgery to enhance your chance of success.

Patient Education Seminars: You’ll attend a patient education session where you can receive educational information and hear from other patients who are considering weight loss surgery — so you know what to expect. Your family members and friends are also welcome to attend. You can find out when the next seminar is by calling 1-800-633-8446.

Bariatric Support Group: We offer a bariatric support group for all weight loss surgery patients. The group meets every last Wednesday of the month, in St. Mary's General's, 2nd Floor Cafeteria Conference Room at 6:00 p.m. Free parking will be provided. For more information, call 973-365-4463.

Follow-Up Care for Life: After your weight loss surgery, you will receive ongoing care. We collaborate with your primary care physician to ensure continuity of care. Our team is here to support you every step of the way.

Emotional Health Support: Weight loss surgery is a major lifestyle change and can affect your emotional health, too. We offer mental health support, with a psychologist evaluating you before and after surgery and providing you with the mental health support you need.

Meet Our Doctors

Dr. Channing ChinDr. Channing Y. Chin, MD, FACS, FASMBS, Director of Bariatric Surgery at St. Mary’s General Hospital- Passaic, NJ

Dr. Chin has dedicated his professional career to the treatment of morbid obesity. He is a native of Louisiana, encompassing southern hospitality values, in-depth compassion, and excellent bedside manner. He has practiced on both the East and West Coast, performing thousands of bariatric procedures. Dr. Chin also has wide expertise in endoscopic, single-incision, and revision bariatric surgery. His experience gives hope to each obese patient, even if you have had previous bariatric surgery. Known for his calm demeanor, endless patience, and high level of care, Dr. Chin has earned the trust of St Mary’s General Hospital, fellow physicians, and their ever-growing patient population. He understands the consequences of being overweight and seeks to better the lives of every patient.

Dr. Cynthia WeberDr. Cynthia Weber, MD - Surgeon

Dr. Weber is a graduate of a combined B.S/ M.D. program at Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities’ College of Medicine. This program allows select students to complete undergraduate and medical school studies in 6 years rather than the typical 8 years. In addition to this unique program, she was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society in medical school. While completing her general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center, she dedicated part of her training to research- advancing the science of surgery. She published extensively and presented her work nationally and internationally.

She completed a fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the renowned University Hospitals of Cleveland. During fellowship, she performed hundreds of bariatric operations, including laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, and laparoscopic revisional operations. She has a large experience in advanced foregut surgery and is well versed with laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease. During fellowship, she developed an extensive experience with complex endoscopic procedures.

Dr. Weber is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery. She is an active member of Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

For More Information

For more information, or to sign up for the next bariatric patient education session at the St. Mary's General, please call 973-365-4463. To make an appointment with a bariatric surgeon, please call 1-800-633-8446.