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Marc Bessler, MD

Positions and Appointments

2010-present  Chief, Division of Minimal Access/Bariatric Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2008-present  Director, Minimal Access Surgery Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
1997-present  Director, Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
2009-present  Professor of Clinical Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1997-present  Attending Surgeon
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY

Clinical Specialties

Surgical management of morbid obesity

Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Laparoscopic surgery of the stomach

Esophagus and hernia surgery

Natural orifice surgery

Research Interests

Hormonal, oncologic, and immune responses in laparoscopy


Education and Training

August 1996  Gastric Bypass and Management of Morbid Obesity
Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
August 1996  Vertical Banded Gastroplasty and Management of Morbid Obesity
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
November 1993  Endosurgical Techniques of the Foregut and Hindgut
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
1993-1994  Fellow in Surgical Endoscopy
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
December 1992  Basic Microsurgery Course
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
August 1992  Course in Laparoscopic Suturing, Anastomosis and Intracorporeal Knot Tying
Microsurgery and Operative Endoscopy Training Institute, San Francisco, CA
July 1991  Advanced Operative Laparoscopy for General Surgery
Advanced Laparoscopy Training Center,
Marietta, GA
1989-1996  Resident, General Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
1989  MD
New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
1985  BA, Cum Laude
Yeshiva University, New York, NY

Board Certifications

American Board of Surgery

Professional Experience

2005-Present  Director of Network Relationships, Division of General Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
1997-2008  Assistant Professor of Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
1997-2009  Director of Laparoscopic Surgery
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
1996-1997  Instructor in Clinical Surgery
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY

Professional Honors

Blakemore Award for Surgical Research, 1992 and 1993.

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Resident Achievement Award, Best Resident Presentation, SAGES, 1995.

Blakernore Prize for Excellence in Surgical Research, June 1996.

Professional Societies and Committees

American College of Surgeons, Associate Fellow

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Member of the Executive Council of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

The Association for Academic Surgery

American Society for Bariatric Surgery

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

HOSPITAL & UNIVERSITY COMMITTEES

Hospital Credentials Committee, 2004-present
Hospital Bariatric Standards Committee, 2004-present
Faculty Practice Organization, Board of Directors,
     2003-present
FPO Practice, Operations Committee, 2003-present
Society of Practitioners of the Columbia University Medical
     Center, Executive Board, 2002-present
Minimal Access Surgery Center: Oversight Committee,
     2000-present
Columbia Presbyterian Physicians Network EPA: Board of
     Directors, 2000-present
Hospital Quality Assurance Committee, 1999-present


Research Abstracts


Please click abstract title to read full text.

Adjustable Banded Gastric Bypass as a Revisional Bariatric Procedure after Gastric Bypass



Current Projects


Randomized evaluation of safety, efficacy and outcomes of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding versus laparoscopic gastric bypass in patients with morbid obesity - 2002-present, WIRB.

Effects of bariatric surgery on the level of hormones involved in skeletal metabolism and appetite - 2002-present, WIRB.

Clinical study to evaluate the efficacy of banded versus standard gastric bypass for weight loss in patients with malignant obesity - 2001-present, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Clinical study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the transcend implantable gastric stimulation system for weight loss - Multicenter trial sponsored by Transneuronix - 2001-present, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.


Completed Projects


Laparoscopic Physiology Research Laboratory - Co Director; Areas of research included immune and oncologic responses to laparoscopic and open surgery as well as mechanisms of port site tumor recurrence - 1996-2002, Columbia University.

Treatment of severely obese patients with the lap band system - 2000-2001, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Studies on the oncologic effect of laparoscopy - 1996-2002, United States Surgical Corporation.

Study of factors associated with port site recurrence after laparoscopic tumor resection - June 1996, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.



Selected Publications

Bessler M. Tumor Implantation at Laparoscopy: Is it a real problem? Surgical Endoscopy 1998; 12:1288-9.

Lee S., Gleason N., Woodring J., Seplowitz R., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. Peritoneal Irrigation with Betadine Solution Following Laparoscopic Splenectomy Significantly Decreases Port Tumor Recurrence in a Murine Model. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 1998;41(4)A24.

Whelan R.L., Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M. Minimal Access Surgery. and the Biology of Cancer. Minimal Access Surgery in Oncology. Geraghty JG, Sackier JM, Young HL Eds.: Greenwich Medical Media, London 1998; 1, 16.

Whelan R.L., Bessler M., Treat M.R. The Role of Laparoscopic Assisted Colectomy in the Treatment of Colonic Malignancies. In: Minimally Invasive Surgery: Principles and Outcomes. Andrus C, Cosgrove J, Longo W eds.: Harwood Academic Publishers, Reading 1998;137-48.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Horvath K.D., et. al. Increased Tumor Establishment and Growth After Open Versus Laparoscopic Surgery in Mice May be Related to Differences in Postoperative T cell Function.. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12.

Wickens J.C., Whelan R.L., Allendorf J.D.F, Bessler M., et. al. Wound Tensile Strength and Contraction Rate are not Affected by Laparotomy or Pneumoperitoneum. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12:1166-70.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Horvath K.D., et. al. Increased Tumor Establishment and Growth After Open Versus Laparoscopic Bowel Resection in Mice. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998;12:1035-8.

Lee S.W., Southall J.C., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. Traumatic Handling of The Tumor Independent of Pneumoperitoneum Increases Port Site Implantation Rate of Colon Cancer in a Murine Model. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12:828-34.

Sellers G.J., Whelan R.L., Allendorf J.D.F., Gleason N.R., Bessler M., et. al. An In Vitro Model fails to Demonstrate Aerosolization of Tumor Cells. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12:436-9.

Lee S.W., Southall J.C., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. Abdominal Wound Tumor Recurrence After Open and Laparoscopic assisted Splenectomy in a Murine Model. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 1998;41:824-31.

Southall J.C., Lee S.W., Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. Colon Adenocarcinoma and B-16 Melanoma Grow Larger Following Laparotomy Versus Pneumoperitoneum in a Murine Model. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 1998;41:564-9.

Southall J.C., Lee S.W., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. The Effect of Peritoneal Air Exposure on Postoperative Tumor Growth. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12:348-50.

Horvath K., Whelan R.L., Bessler M., et al. The effects of intraabdominal pressure hypercarbia and positioning on the hemodynamic responses to laparoscopic colectomy in pigs. Surgical Endoscopy 1998; 12(2):107-14.

Donahue JP, Whelan RL, Wickens J, Buxton E, Allendorf JDF, Southall JC, Lee SW, Bessler M. Susceptibility to Dermal Bacterial Infection is Greater After Laparotomy vs Laparoscopy in a murine model. Surgical Endoscopy 1997; 1 1(2)A 195.

Southall JC, Lee SW, Donahue JP, Bessler M., Whelan RL. Susceptibility to Dermal Bacterial Infection is Greater After Open than Laparoscopic Cecal Resection in a Murine Model. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, 1997;40(6)A40-A41.

Lee S.W., Southall J.C., Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. Tumor Proliferative Index is Higher in Mice Undergoing Laparotomy vs. Insufflation. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum 1997;40(6)A40.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Whelan R.L. A Murine Model of Laparoscopic Assisted Intervention. Surgical Endoscopy 1997; 11:622-4.

Horvath K.D., Whelan R.L., Lier B., Viscomi S., Bessler M., Buck K.A., Treat MR. A prospective comparison of laparoscopic exposure techniques for rectal mobilization and sigmoid resection. J Am Coll Surg 1997; 184:506-12.

Allendorf J.D., Bessler M., Whelan R.L., Trokel W., et al. Postoperative immune function varies inversely with degree surgical trauma.Surg Endoscopy 1997; 11(5):427-30.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Kayton M.L., Treat M.R., and Nowygrod R. Helium Neon Irradiation at Fluences of 1, 2 and 4 J/cm2 Failled to Accelerate Wound Healing as Assessed by Both Wound Contracture Rate and Tensile Strength. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 1997, 20:340-5.

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PRESENTATIONS

Adjustable gastric banding as a revisional bariatric procedure after failed gastric bypass. Accepted for Oral Presentation. ASBS 2004, San Diego, CA.

Routine preoperative esophageal manometry does not affect outcome of laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding. Accepted for Oral Presentation. ASBS 2004, San Diego, CA.

Prospective randomized double blinded trial of banded versus standard gastric bypass for weight loss in patients with malignant obesity—preliminary results. Accepted for Oral Presentation. ASBS 2004, San Diego, CA.

Early US outcomes of gastric bypass versus laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding for morbid obesity. . Accepted for Poster Presentation. ASBS 2004, San Diego, CA.

Routine preoperative esophageal manometry does not predict outcome of laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding. Accepted for Poster of Distinction Presentation. SAGES 2004. Denver CO.

Banded Roux en-Y gastric bypass as a revisional procedure after failed laparoscopic adjustable silicone gastric banding. Accepted for Poster Presentation. SAGES 2004. Denver CO.

Early U.S outcomes of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass versus Adjustable Silicone Gastric Banding For treatment of morbid obesity. Accepted for Oral Presentation. New York Surgical Society 2003. New York, NY.

Characteristics and Early Outcomes of Gastric Bypass versus LAP-BAND for Morbid Obesity, Accepted for Poster Presentation. ASBS 2003, Boston, MA.

Effectiveness of Vitamin D Supplementation after Gastric Bypass. Accepted for Oral Presentation. ASBS 2003, Boston, MA

Laparoscopic Versus Open Gastric Bypass: A Case Control Study, Accepted for Oral Presentation SAGES 2001, St. Louis, M.O.

PATENTS & INVENTIONS

Gastrointestinal Staplescope, patent awarded March 1993. Exclusive License to the United States Surgical Corporation until 1996.

Gastrointestinal tissue approximating and attaching device, patent awarded July 1995.

Device and Method for Performing Laparoscopic Vertical Banded Gastroplasty, patent approved.

Device and Method for Percutaneous Removal and Replacement of Cardiac Valves, patent approved.

Bessler Treat Laparoscopic Suturing Assistant Forreps, manufactured and marketed by Jarit instruments, Hawthorne NY.

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