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Meet Our Team - Bariatric Surgeons

Our bariatric surgeons, nutritionists and psychologists are each involved in providing you with ongoing support through your weight loss surgery and beyond, helping you understand the benefits, as well as the changes and challenges, which accompany life after bariatric surgery.

Dr. Atwa is a skilled surgeon known for his caring and compassionate bedside manner, garnishing awards as Top Surgeon and the Most Compassionate Doctor awards (2011 - 2013) He is board certified in general surgery with a mini-fellowship in bariatric surgery. He currently is Chief & Director of Department of Surgery at Mather & St. Charles Hospitals, Port Jefferson, NY.

Dr. Atwa discusses his work and accomplishments in minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery procedures. Watch

Hesham Atwa, M.D., FACS
Founder & Medical Director, Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm

Medical School: Ains Shams University School of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt
Internship/Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Board Certifications: General Surgery
Fellowship Training: Laparoscopic & Bariatric Surgery - University of Texas and the Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Thompson completed his fellowship in weight loss surgery at the renowned Cleveland Clinic where he specialized in caring for patients seeking to live healthier lifestyles. He has performed hundreds of bariatric procedures and is a respected author and clinician.

Dr. ThompsonIs bariatric surgery right for you? Dr. Thompson offers you advice to help you decide Watch

Charles Thompson, M.D.
Bariatric Surgeon, Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm

Medical School: Howard University, College of Medicine, Washington D.C.
Internship/Residency: Chief resident, Howard University Hospital, Washington D.C
Fellowship Training: Advanced Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery – Cleveland Clinic, Florida

Patients eagerly welcome seeing Dr. Paracha's "light-up" the room smile after surgery and congenial bedside manner. No question is too insignificant to ask Dr. Paracha and that goes for patient families, as well.

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Karim Paracha, M.D.
Bariatric Surgeon, Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm

Medical School: Universidad Autonóma de Centro América, Costa Rica.
Internship/Residency: Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle, NY
Fellowship Training: MIS Bariatric Surgery – Montefiore Medical Center

Leslie Welsch 1Leslie Welsch, Our Registered Dietitian – Nutritionist, with over 15 years of private practice experience, has now joined Dr. Atwa and Dr. Thompson at Long Island Laparoscopic practicing bariatric nutrition as well as regular medical nutrition therapy. Leslie supports non-bariatric patients who seek non-surgical assistance with customized meal plans which are designed to match each client's lifestyle, food preferences, and medical needs.

Leslie Welsch, MS, RD, CDE, CDN
Dietitian – Nutritionist, Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm

Medical School: Delaware University

We are dedicated to providing you caring, compassionate care. We believe that one of the biggest differences between Long Island Laparoscopic Doctorssm and other medical offices that you may choose to consider is our staff. They are trained and dedicated to being Accessible, Knowledgeable, Compassionate and Responsive.

Listen to the experiences of our past patients. From scheduling convenient appointments, to answering questions about health insurance you will find that the office staff really does makes a difference. Watch

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Attend our next live seminar

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 6:30pm - 7:30pm

You'll have the opportunity to meet our doctors and staff, listen to other patients, and learn everything you need to know about obesity and how to get the help you deserve.

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  • Current research on medical and surgical weight solutions such as gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and adjustable gastric banding.
  • Criteria to qualify for our Advanced Weight Solutions 30-day Fast Track surgical program
  • Educational materials for achieving optimum health and wellness
  • Information about our board – certified and fellowship trained surgeons
  • Success stories from those who have had surgical weight loss procedures