PHCS News

UMCP Opens New Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine

Dec 1, 2015

Patients Receive Personalized, Comprehensive Care for Weight-Related Health Issues

The new Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at University Medical Center of Princeton (UMCP) offers patients with weight-related health concerns a single location to access the services they need to better manage their health and improve their quality of life.

More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese, placing them at greater risk of developing chronic conditions and health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

The Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine—located in the Medical Arts Pavilion, adjacent to UMCP—offers treatment options that range from comprehensive, medically supervised weight management to a complete array of weight-loss surgeries.


Three skilled, experienced surgeons employed by Princeton Medicine, the physician group of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), are affiliated with the center:

  • Robert E. Brolin, MD, FACS, Co-Medical Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at UMCP and former president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASBMS), who has performed more than 3,300 bariatric procedures and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the ASMBS Foundation in 2014
  • Wai Yip Chau, MD, FACS, a board certified surgeon who has performed approximately 1,000 bariatric procedures
  • Lisa Dobruskin, MD, FACS, Co-Medical Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at UMCP, a board certified surgeon who was among the first surgeons in the area to perform laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Trained in the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques, they perform procedures including gastric bypass, LAP-BAND®, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional surgery.

All three surgeons will see patients in the new center at 5 Plainsboro Road, Second Floor, Suite 275, Plainsboro. Call 609-785-5870 to schedule an appointment.

Dr. Dobruskin will also be available to see patients at two other Princeton Medicine locations—2 Centre Drive, Suite 200, Monroe, and the Hamilton Area YMCA, John K. Rafferty Branch, 1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Suite 100, Hamilton.

"At the new center, we use a comprehensive approach to bariatric and metabolic surgery that includes pre-operative education and support services as well as post-operative, multidisciplinary follow-up care to reinforce lifestyle changes and help individuals to manage weight-related health issues," said Dr. Dobruskin.

"The center offers a tremendous convenience to our patients," said Dr. Brolin. "Not only are we right next door to the state-of-the-art surgical facilities at UMCP, but our patients also have access to nutrition counseling, the hospital's diabetes management program, physical therapy, and a fitness center."

Patients of the new center also may be referred to the Weight Management Program, a Princeton Medicine offering under the medical direction of Rameck R. Hunt, MD, FACP, a board certified internist and specialist in metabolic medicine.

Individuals entering the program begin with a physical exam and blood tests to evaluate their health and identify any related health issues, such as diabetes. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan that may include a combination of counseling and behavioral modification, consultation with a dietitian, exercise sessions with a personal trainer and medical management of obesity-related conditions.

To learn more about the Center for Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at UMCP, please visit www.princetonhcs.org/weightloss.

About Princeton HealthCare System

Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org