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Dr. George Fielding
George Alexander Fielding, MD, Professor of Surgery at NYU School of Medicine, is a pioneer in laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Fielding studied medicine at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1979, and completed his medical training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. During his postgraduate training, he developed interests in laparoscopic and hepato-biliary-pancreatic surgery and then pursued advanced training in the field in Britain and Switzerland. In 1989, he returned Royal Brisbane Hospital as a staff surgeon, and continues to serve the Hospital as a visiting surgeon. Later, he opened a private practice at the Wesley Hospital, also in Brisbane, earning a reputation for his expertise in laparoscopic, bariatric, and hepato-biliary surgery. To date, he has performed more than 4000 bariatric surgeries, and has extensive experience operating on "super" obese patients and obese children.
Dr. Fielding has been instrumental in the development of laparoscopic surgery and has taught the techniques to surgeons around the world and has published more than 150 journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters.
He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons (England). In addition, he is and a member of the American Society of Bariatric Surgeons, the Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.
Dr. Fielding underwent Lap-Band surgery himself in 1999, giving him an unusually personal perspective on this special group of patients. Read more about Dr. Fielding's inspiring story in his article Everybody Dreams.
Dr. Fielding has has written extensively on the subjects of bariatric surgery, laparoscopic general surgery, and pancreatitis, and has made numerous television appearances.