Testimonial: One Patient's Success Story

Winter 2008

Volume One / Number Six

My name is Martin Berman, and I am my own success story. NYU is, and remains, the tool that allowed me to achieve my own success!! My journey began when, on October 4, 2006, my recorded weight was 285 lbs. By February, 2007 I weighed 300 lbs. Beginning in November 2006 and going through October 2007, I attended multiple surgical weight loss informational sessions at several New York City hospitals. I was also doing my research on surgical weight loss and, looking back, feel that I did it well. Finally, after attending the presentation at NYU given by Dr. Fielding, I decided I would like him to do my gastric banding surgery. The projection system failed the night that I saw his presentation, but Dr. Fielding didn’t need a light show or glitz. He was to the point in his presentation and appeared to be very matter of fact yet, clearly, very knowledgeable about obesity and his field of expertise – surgical weight loss. I enjoyed listening to him answer questions from the other attendees. I was also impressed that he was involved with, and has a passion.

On February 16th, 2007 I had my gastric banding surgery. In early October 2008, I weighed in at 160 lbs. My weight loss has been a rebirthing experience for me. My experience with the NYU Center for Surgical Weight Loss has been remarkable. I find the staff, beginning at reception, to be very kind, caring and upbeat, and all the other staff members are genuinely very pleasant as well. The non-MD professional staff (NP, PA, RN) is just that – Professional!

If you choose to avail yourself of the excellent support and follow-up opportunities, you will see that there is a real team approach at this program. For me, I’ve found the best all around program and because I chose to utilize everything that they offer to their patients I have experienced great success!