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Dr. Alfons Pomp, MD

Weight loss/Metabolic Surgery

Dr. Alfons Pomp is an Attending Surgeon at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College and an internationally recognized expert in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. He received his Bachelor of Science, cum laude, from McGill University and his Medical Degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. He completed his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Montreal. Following his fellowship training in nutrition and metabolism at Brown University/Rhode Island, he returned to Montreal as an attending surgeon at the Hotel Dieu Hospital. His expertise in surgical nutrition was instrumental in him obtaining an adjunct professorship at McGill University where he was co-director of the home nutritional support team. In 1999, Dr. Pomp was recruited to The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he helped establish one of the world’s first programs for minimally invasive weight-loss surgery.

In 2003, Dr. Pomp moved to the Weill Cornell Medical College, and in 2005 he was appointed the Frank Glenn Faculty Scholar in Minimal Access Surgery. In 2008 he was promoted to Chief of the Section of Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery and was named the Leon C Hirsch Professor of Surgery. His primary clinical interests include bariatric surgery, minimally invasive foregut and solid organ surgery. Dr. Pomp plays an active leadership role in surgical education, having served as the ASMBS representative on the Board of the Fellowship Council and as co-director of the Cornell/Columbia Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship. He chairs several New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell committees including Quality/Patient Safety and the OR Utilization Committees. His research interests include innovative techniques to maximize and safety and effectiveness of minimally invasive surgery, and the impact of weight-loss surgery on the health and metabolism (diabetes) of patients with extreme obesity.

Dr. Pomp is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, an active member of the prestigious American Surgical Association, the Surgical Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the New York Surgical Society, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the North American Association for the Study of Obesity, and served on the Board of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the leading laparoscopic surgery organization in the world. He serves on the editorial boards of the journals; Surgical Endoscopy, Obesity Surgery, and Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases.

Dr. Pomp has published more than 100 peer-reviewed studies and book chapters. He is currently site director for Cornell, one of six sites that are part of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Bariatric Surgery Research Consortium: in this capacity he serves on the steering committee and chairs the adjudication committee for LABS (Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery), a major clinical, epidemiological and behavioral research NIH funded study on the impact of weight-loss surgery on the health of morbidly obese patients.

Dr. Pomp has been included in Castle Connolly’s list of New York’s “Top Doctors” every year since 2002, “Top Doctors” in America and has been cited as one of America’s “Top Surgeons” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America since 2004. He has been included in Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare since 2004 and in Marquis Who’s Who in America since 2006. International recognition includes honorary membership in the Brazilian College of Surgeons and the Hellenic Society of Laparoscopic Surgery.

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