Arif Ahmad MD, FRCS, FACS is recognized as one of America’s top surgeons. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery. This cutting edge surgery is done with small incisions and minimal pain and scarring. This includes all surgical procedures in the abdomen such as surgery of the stomach, esophagus (reflux), gallbladder, colon, spleen, and hernia. He is also trained in utilizing the da Vinci Robot, the most advanced surgical platform in the world.
Dr. Ahmad specializes in the laparoscopic gastric bypass, the lap band and the sleeve gastrectomy. He was the first surgeon in the area to have performed the laparoscopic gastric bypass and the Robotic Assisted gastric bypass. Prior to his arrival in Stony Brook the operation was only being done in the open fashion with big incisions. He was also the first surgeon in Stony Brook to have performed the lap band. Dr. Ahmad has more than 20 years of surgical experience. After completing Medical School and residency, he trained in the UK and obtained the FRCS(England and Edinburgh). He then did an eighteen month advanced training (fellowship) in Harvard Medical School. This was followed by another five year residency at the University of Connecticut. He spent a year mastering advanced training in Laparoscopic Surgery (fellowship) at the University of Virginia. He was appointed Director of Laparoscopic Surgery at Stony Brook University in 2001, where he taught other doctors to perform laparoscopic surgery including laparoscopic bariatric surgery.
Dr. Ahmad is renowned in the Long Island area for his impeccable track record of safety and success. He is the author of innovative surgical techniques in the field of laparoscopic bariatric surgery. This includes a new technique to prevent intestinal obstruction and a technique to detect leaks. These have been published in international Journals and have been adopted by surgeons worldwide. Dr. Ahmad has developed and pioneered the Innovative Single Incision Needlescopic lap band and gastric bypass.
Dr. Ahmad started and currently is the Director of Bariatric surgery at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, where he currently performs most of his surgeries. He is a member of American Society of Bariatric Surgery, Fellow of American College of Surgeons, and member of Society of American Gastroendoscopic Surgeons.
Dr. Ahmad conducts patient education sessions every two weeks at Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson and in varying locations across Suffolk County. Please call 631-689-0220 if you wish to register or have other questions.
Dr Ahmad was great from the beginning all the way through the post-op. Had the Gastric Sleeve 5 weeks ago and I feel great and already down 40 pounds! I followed the diet plan and eating advice and I feel great. The office staff from the front desk to the nutrition appts were courteous and friendly. This was a great choice and I wouldn't change a thing!! Thanks Dr Ahmad and staff!
The ease of working with this medical practice is wonderful. The bedside manners of the drs is wonderful. All questions are always answered. The whole time is kind and encouraging both before and after surgery. The hospital stay was pleasant. I would recommend this practice to anyone considering. surgery. Dr Ahmad is a very kind man and is always there for his patients.
Dr. Ahmad is amazing as well as the 2 doctors involved as well ( do not want to sabatoge their names by misspelling ). Very caring as well as helpful , informative , and extremely easy to talk to .
From the start I knew I was dealing with a group of professionals whose mission is to help people improve their lives. In 2005 I was an early lab-band patient, I used another doctor and I was not successful. Skip forward 10 years. While talking to a Nurse Practitioner at Mather she told me one of the best doctors for bariatric surgery was there at Mather. The next evening I attended their information seminar. In the 2 hours I discovered why I had not been successful with the lap band. I learned what my options were and I learned the pros and cons of the procedures. I connected with their point of telling me that the surgery was a tool, and I realized that I had to learn how to use the tool before the surgery. My first appointment was awesome. Dr. Ahmad's wife talked with me about me needs and desires, who explained the alternatives. I was then seen be Dr. Ahmad who removed 3 cc of fluid from the lap band I thought was empty. I quickly arranged my next series of visits. I appreciate Dr. Ahmad's staff, as I've begun this life changing process I been greeted with friendly manners and an overwhelming amount of information. I've never not understood what was happening next. Besides Dr. Ahmad and his associates I want to give a separate shout out to my Nutritionist Lisa, she listened. From her listening we were able to create doable steps and I've eased in the process. So here I am, 6 days post surgery, and feeling great. I've lost more than 40 lbs, since beginning my retraining in September. I look forward to not only improving my health, but learning how to protect myself by eating correctly. Thanks to Dr. Ahmad and his team, I'm on my way.
thank you for all you have done too help me.
The staff and doctors at Dr. Ahmad’s office were professional but also listened and cared about my concerns and always were available to answer questions. My stay at the hospital under the circumstances was made pleasant by the most compassionate nurses, always catering to whatever I needed. They were the nicest sweetest women. They made my stay so much easier. My thanks to all who were involved in my journey. Now it is up to me to continue to a better healthier life.