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Bariatric Surgery Program Earns Highest Accreditation Status

ALBANY, N.Y., November 5, 2012—Albany Medical Center’s bariatric surgery program has achieved the highest level of accreditation in its field, making it the only program in the Capital Region and one of only 10 programs in the state to achieve this status.

The Center’s accreditation as a “Level 1” facility by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) indicates that the Center is fully capable of supporting complex bariatric surgery and weight loss cases, including managing the most challenging patients with optimal opportunity for safe and effective outcomes. Level 1 status is often awarded to centers with a high volume of patients and who maintain 125 cases or more a year. Albany Med performs an average of 300 bariatric surgeries a year.

“This accreditation is a reflection of the commitment and multidisciplinary team approach the physicians, nurses, and staff of our bariatric surgery program take in delivering the highest level of care to our patients,” said Steven Stain, M.D., professor and Henry and Sally Schaffer Chair of the Department of Surgery at Albany Med. “I commend all those involved, as well as hospital administration for their support in providing the resources necessary to make this program so successful.”

Established in 1984, Albany Med’s bariatric program offers several options for surgical weight loss procedures including traditional gastric bypass, minimally invasive gastric bypass (including minimally invasive robotic surgery), minimally invasive gastric banding, and the newer vertical sleeve gastrectomy, a minimally invasive procedure for those who cannot undergo traditional weight loss surgeries due to their weight. 

To complement surgery, patients are required to consult with a clinical nutritionist, dietician, and physician assistant or nurse practitioner before and after surgery, and are introduced to a healthy way of eating as well as an exercise program. Patients also begin a behavior modification program with a trained health professional. These interventions continue after surgery in an effort to ensure the lifestyle changes needed for the process to be successful. A weekly support group is also available before and after surgery.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice and to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient. Its achievements have placed it at the forefront of American surgery and have made the College an important advocate for all surgical patients. The College has more than 78,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region’s largest physicians practice with 350 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region’s health and quality of life. For more information: or


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