Our weight loss surgery  specialists are passionate about keeping Brooklyn healthy. That’s why we offer the latest surgical weight loss  options such as gastric bypass surgery  and laparoscopic gastric banding  for patients who do not respond to diet , lifestyle changes  and prescription weight loss medications .
North Pavilion, 2nd Floor
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English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Free interpreter services are available for many other languages.
The Weight Loss Center is located on the second floor of The Brooklyn Hosital Center's main campus: 121 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Call us at 718.250.8920, send us an e-mail  or complete the form below.
The following insurance plans are accepted by the Weight Loss Center. Please call 718.250.8920 for further information if you do not see your plan listed.
Dr. Alan A. Saber
Dr. Alan A. Saber, MS. FACS, FASMBS, is a nationally and internationally recognized innovator in the field of bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. Previously Dr. Saber served as Director of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery at University Hospitals Case Medical Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He was also Chair of the New Technique and New Technology video session at the Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgery in Chicago.
Dr. Saber sits on the editorial boards of Surgical Techniques Development, Global Journal of Surgery, Obesity Surgery, and Bariatric Times, and his original research is published in preeminent peer-reviewed professional journals of his field. In addition to being a frequent national and international lecturer on bariatric surgery, Dr. Saber currently serves on numerous professional committees and is the recipient of many honors and awards.
Dr. Saber holds professional memberships in the Association of Surgical Education, European Association for Transluminal Surgery (EATS), American Hernia Society, Michigan Chapter-American College of Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), American College of Surgeons (ACS), and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Jun Levine
Jun Levine, MD, is a skilled Weight Loss surgeon specializing in single incision laparoscopic surgery, gastric bypass, gastric band, gastric sleeve and gastrectomy. Board Certified in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), Dr. Levine is also an accomplished researcher, responsible for several publications, abstracts and presentations on minimally invasive bariatric surgery. She completed her surgical fellowship at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.
Lacey LaBonte, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC
Lacey LaBonte, MS, RD, CDN, CNSC, is a Registered Dietitian and Board Certified Nutrition Support Clinician with substantial experience caring for patients in a clinical bariatric (Weight Loss) setting. A graduate of Rush University's Masters of Science in Clinical Nutrition program, Ms. LaBonte is skilled in comprehensive nutrition assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and follow-up. Prior to joining The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Ms. LaBonte served as Clinical Nutritionist at Beth Israel Medical Center.
Kathy Baltovski, RN, BSN
Kathy Baltovski, RN, BSN, is a Registered Nurse with substantial experience in Bariatric, OBGYN and Family Practice nursing. A professional nurse since 1978, Ms. Baltovski has specialized in preventive and well care, as well as acute and chronic care in a Medical Intensive Care Unit setting. As part of the clinical team, Ms. Baltovski provides patient care and education before and after surgery. She works very closely with the surgeons and other members of the team to help ensure each patient’s successful weight loss journey.
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The Surgical Weight Loss Center offers multiple support groups for pre-operative and post-operative patients.
Space is limited, so please do not bring more than one support person with you to the meeting.
Please note that Weight Loss Support Group Meetings ire held on the last Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, except when that Thursday falls on a holiday.
Venue: Dining Room: AT THE BACK OF THE CAFETERIA ON THE FIRST FLOOR.
Stephen S. Carryl, MD – Dr. Stephen Carryl is a Board Certified surgeon with extensive experience in minimally invasive (Laparoscopic) and conventional bariatric surgery. Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Dr. Carryl previously served as the hospital’s Chairman of Surgery and Director of the General Surgical Residency program. He has also served at St. Mary’s Hospital (Brooklyn, NY) where he was Associate Director of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Carryl is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons and has received advanced training in Bariatrics from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY), Montefiore Hospital (Bronx, NY) and Viriginia Commonwealth University.
Grace E. Durant, RN, BSN – A RN since 1993, Ms. Duran is the Operational Director of the Weight Loss Surgery Center. She has extensive managerial, instructional and clinical experience in Bariatric, Family Practice and Ambulatory Care settings.ShareThis 
My road to health and wellbeing started when I entered a 12-step program for drug and alcohol addiction. As anyone who has gone through the program will tell you, the eighth step requires making a list of all the people you have harmed in your life. I thought about and realized addiction had been manifesting itself not just in drugs and alcohol but also in food. I was very young and hadn’t yet gotten diabetes or heart disease, but I knew those and other diseases would come. At 350 pounds, I was already taking up two seats on the bus.
So I put myself at the top of my own list, having done so much harm to myself through my weight.
The ninth step in Recovery is to make amends to those you have harmed, and the only way to make amends to myself, I knew, was by getting outside help. Recognizing this led me to schedule an appointment at the Weight Loss Surgery Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center.
I’m glad it did. The surgeon and his entire team were extremely nice and they always kept me informed. We discussed my surgical and non-surgical options and together decided on minimally invasive gastric bypass surgery. Now I weigh 180 pounds, and I know I’ll keep losing even more weight if I continue to work hard. Bariatric surgery can help you lose a great deal of weight, and if a good diet and exercise will help you lose even more.
I had a lot of good reasons to lose weight, but wanting to be healthier for my kids was at the top of the list. Prior to getting a lapband at The Brooklyn Hospital Center I had everything from high blood pressure and high cholesterol to sleep apnea. Because of the sleep apnea, every night I slept wearing a mask that covered my mouth and nose. It fed me oxygen automatically when I needed it throughout the night. The mask was uncomfortable, partly because you can’t move around too much once it’s on. I knew I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life this way.
Neither did I want to spend the rest of my life too tired to keep up with my kids. At 270 pounds, I often had to stop for breaks all the time, not just when playing outside but even during day-to-day activities like shopping at the mall.
But then I had the lapband procedure and everything changed. In just the two weeks I lost fifteen pounds and was able to quit my blood pressure medication. In the first year I lost almost 100 pounds and my sleep apnea went away. I put away the respiratory ventilator mask for good.
The weight is still coming off, thanks to the lapband and my own hard work exercising and watching my diet. The best part: now I have so much energy my kids have to keep up with me instead of the other way around.
Getting a lap band procedure at the Weight Loss Surgery Center was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life. My biggest challenge before the procedure was a lack of mobility. At 280 pounds I just couldn’t get around very well. Getting my kids dressed and ready for school was exhausting. Even driving to work was a problem. My legs would tighten up after a twenty minute commute to work. They felt so fatigued, as if I had finished running a marathon.
Getting fitted for a lap band at The Brooklyn Hospital Center was a wonderful experience. My surgeon and all the nurses and staff were compassionate and helpful. Two years later, I still feel comfortable calling the Weight Loss Surgery Center any time when I have a question or need advice.
I’ve lost over 60 pounds and kept it off, which is something considering how hard I had tried through years of diet and exercise. Losing those pounds has given me the energy and mobility I need—for myself and my kids—and I’m able to shop for great clothes now! There are too few choices out there for a size 24, but a size 14 can pick so many different styles. In that and so many other ways, a whole new world has opened up for me.ShareThis