Bariatric Times

FEB 2018

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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20 Bariatric Center Spotlight B a r i a t r i c T i m e s • F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 8 WELCOME TO FAIRFIELD COUNTY BARIATRICS Fairfield County Bariatrics is a private bariatric and general surgery practice in southern Connecticut. Our practice offers an array of weight loss options (e.g., surgery, endoscopic treatments, and nonsurgical weight loss) to patients. Our patients come from Connecticut and surrounding states, including New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The practice began as a general surgery practice in 1994 with Dr. Craig Floch. We began performing bariatric surgery in 2002 and have been growing ever since. Our physicians are program directors at four different American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accredited institutions across the state. We perform outpatient bariatric procedures and endoscopies at two separate ambulatory surgery centers. Our practice has three bariatric surgeons, two general surgeons, a physician assistant, a patient advocate team, and several dietitians and clinical psychologists with whom we partner in the communities we serve and at the hospitals in which surgeries are performed. OUR STAFF Craig L. Floch, MD, FACS, was raised in Connecticut and started the practice in 1994. He has been a strong leader and is responsible for much of the growth of the practice across the state. He is the director of bariatric surgery at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Dr. Craig Floch has recently started seeing patients in the Danbury office for the Western Connecticut Health Network. He has performed thousands of bariatric procedures over the years, including laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB), laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB). Dr. Floch also performs robotic bariatric procedures. Neil Floch, MD, FACS, joined his brother, Craig, in practice in 1998, and together they built the bariatric surgery service line of the practice, beginning in 2002. Dr. Floch is the director of bariatric surgery at the Western Connecticut Health Network, which includes Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital. Dr. Neil Floch completed his fellowship in advanced laparoscopy at the Mayo Clinic Campus in Florida under Dr. Ron Hinder. He has performed thousands of bariatric surgeries and endoscopies, as well as revisional procedures. Abraham Fridman, DO, FACS, FASMBS, joined the group in 2012 after completing his bariatric surgery fellowship at Cleveland Clinic Florida under Dr. Raul Rosenthal. He is the director of bariatric surgery at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Connecticut. He has performed hundreds of bariatric procedures since joining the practice. Dr. Fridman was the first physician in the state of Connecticut to perform placement of an Orbera Intragastric Balloon (Apollo Endosurgery, San Diego, California). He and Dr. Neil Floch perform these procedures for the practice. Peter Ingraldi, MD, FACS, is a trauma and acute care surgeon. He is one of the few double-boarded surgeons in the state. Dr. Ingraldi is board certified in general surgery and critical care. He is an integral part of the practice, providing coverage of general surgery and trauma services in multiple facilities. Marko Lujic, MD, joined the practice beginning in October of 2017. He is a general surgeon who completed his undergraduate studies, residency, and internship at Yale University. He is also a native of Connecticut, having grown up in the North Haven area, and looks forward to expanding the service area of the practice to the Milford area along with his partners. Amanda Christie, PA-C, is a very important part of our practice. She provides care to many bariatric surgery patients, both preoperatively and postoperatively. She is truly passionate about the treatment of morbid obesity and is an asset to our BARIATRIC CENTER Spotlight Fairfield County Bariatrics Southern Connecticut by ABE FRIDMAN, DO, FACS, FASMBS Bariatric Times. 2018;15(2):20–23. This column is dedicated to featuring accredited bariatric centers around the world, with a focus on their facilities, staff, statistics, processes, technology, and patient care. Dr. Neil Floch and Dr. Peter Ingraldi operate on a patient at the Surgery Center of CT. James Thornton with Dr. Craig Floch, Dr. Neil Floch, and Dr. Abe Fridman line up together at the FCB Fashion Show.

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