• Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

  • Laparoscopic Hernia Repair

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Dr. Arif Ahmad

Dr. Arif Ahmad is the Director of Bariatric Surgery and Director of Robotic Surgery at John T. Mather Memorial Hospital, serving patients throughout Port Jefferson, Long Island, Smithtown, Riverhead, and Suffolk County, New York.

A board-certified General Surgeon and Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Ahmad specializes in robotic surgery of the abdomen. As a robotic surgeon, Dr. Ahmad also specializes in laparoscopic and needlescopic bariatric surgery.

A recipient of the Vitals’ “Compassionate Doctor Award” and “Patients’ Choice Award” for the past five years, Dr. Ahmad is compassionately committed to each of his patients. Dr. Ahmad and his team take the time to educate and counsel patients both before and after general and bariatric surgery, resulting in less recovery time and the best possible outcome for each procedure.

With a zero percent mortality rate for the past 14 years among his primary bariatric surgeries, Dr. Ahmad has been named a Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery™ and a Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery™. As a world-renowned robotic surgeon, Dr. Ahmad pioneered several robotic surgery and other surgical procedures. His works have been published internationally, and his methods have been taught to other robotic surgeons throughout the globe.

Procedures Performed

Dr. Ahmad performs general and robotic surgery, including bariatric surgery for weight loss. As a robotic surgeon, procedures he performs include the following:

  • Robotic Hernia Surgery
  • Robotic Gallbladder Surgery
  • Robotic-Assisted Bariatric Surgery

As a weight loss surgeon, in addition to robotic-assisted bariatric surgery, Dr. Ahmad and his team specialize in:

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Revisional Bariatric Surgery
  • Band over Bypass Surgery
  • Banded Plication

Dr. Ahmad also performs “virtually scarless surgery” and the non-surgical Intragastric Balloon procedure.

As a General Surgeon, Dr. Ahmad offers several laparoscopic surgeries, including:

  • Splenectomy
  • Hernia Repair, including Paraesophageal Hernia Repair
  • Appendectomy
  • Colon Resection for Cancer
  • Colon Resection for Diverticulitis
  • Cholecystectomy
  • Adrenalectomy
  • Heller Myotomy for Achalasia
  • Nissen Fundoplication for Acid Reflux

Patients Served

Dr. Ahmad and his team serve adults and adolescents throughout the Long Island, New York, area, including Smithtown and Riverhead. Dr. Ahmad’s special adolescent program for robotic surgery or other types of weight loss surgery for younger patients focuses on the unique physical and psychological needs of adolescents. Adult patients receive the same kind of specialized care, with education and counseling programs tailored to each patient’s unique needs and circumstances.


Dr. Ahmad’s offices accept most major insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Plans accepted include (but are not limited to) Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health, Highmark, Humana, Wellpoint, HCSC, Kaiser, HIP Group, Lifetime, and Carefirst. If you do not see your insurance plan listed here, please contact the office to ensure we work with your individual or family insurance provider.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic Surgery is one of the latest techniques in minimally invasive surgery. During robotic surgery, a robotic surgeon inserts three to four robotic, maneuverable arms into the patient through very small abdominal incisions.

The robotic surgeon will place their hands in a special machine to direct the robotic instruments. Two of the inserted robotic arms act as the robotic surgeon’s hands, another holds a camera, and another, fourth, robotic arm is sometimes used to remove obstructions.

During robotic surgery, the robotic surgeon is provided with a three-dimensional view of the surgical site through the top of the machine. The surgeon may or may not be seated (or standing) directly next to the patient.

Safety and Benefits

Even for challenging procedures, a robotic surgeon will generally encounter no more complications with robotic surgery than they would during laparoscopic surgery. Because robotic surgery is minimally invasive, robotic surgery leads to less pain, less scarring, less anesthesia needed, and faster recovery times than with open surgical approaches.

One primary benefit of robotic surgery is that less blood loss is encountered than with other types of procedures. Also, the robotic surgeon can be more precise in his work during robotic surgery, as robots correct for any minute hand movements and maneuver through the body well. These all result in fewer complications and shorter hospital stays for patients.

DaVinci Robotic Surgery

Dr. Ahmad pioneered the use of the da Vinci Robotic Surgery system in his area for robotic surgery of the abdomen. This is the most advanced robotic surgery platform of its kind today.

Over three million patients have trusted da Vinci Robotic Surgery, and its use is supported by extensive clinical evidence as to its safety and efficacy. While all surgeries carry risk, da Vinci robotic surgery has been proven to carry less risk and provide improved outcomes over traditional open surgery. Da Vinci robotic surgery is so minimally invasive, many patients report that they did not need prescription pain medication from their robotic surgeon following their da Vinci robotic surgery.

The Process

To request an appointment for robotic surgery, the first step is to obtain a consultation with your robotic surgeon. To request a consultation for robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic surgery, or any other of Dr. Ahmad’s general or bariatric surgeries, please contact our office or fill out one of our online forms.

Weight Loss Surgery

For weight loss surgery, new patients must attend one of Dr. Ahmad’s free educational seminars. During the seminar, you will learn how to determine if you qualify for weight loss surgery, how to work with your insurance provider, and what is required of patients both before and after weight loss surgery.

You will also learn about robotic surgery options, as well as laparoscopic and open surgery options. Dr. Ahmad will review the risks, costs, and benefits of each. He will also explain what to look for in a robotic surgeon or any other type of weight loss surgeon you may be considering. Next steps will be discussed at the end of the informational session.

General Surgery

For general surgery, please fill out our consultation form online. A member of our team will reach out to you as soon as possible to schedule your initial consultation. If you would like to schedule your initial consultation over the phone, please call our office, at (631) 689-0220. Next steps will be discussed during your initial consultation.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Ahmad Today

Dr. Ahmad is a surgical expert, da Vinci Robotic Surgery pioneer, and a robotic surgery specialist with unparalleled patient satisfaction. One of the top surgeons in the Long Island, New York and Greater Suffolk County area, Dr. Ahmad has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for all aspects of his work.

Surgical Expert

With over 30 years of experience as a practicing surgeon, Dr. Ahmad’s center has been consistently recognized as a “Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery”. Dr. Ahmad has been a robotic surgeon since its inception nearly two decades ago.

As a robotic surgeon, Dr. Ahmad is recognized throughout the world for his expertise in robotic surgery. As a general surgeon, Dr. Ahmad has received numerous awards and has performed thousands of successful general surgeries to date.

Da Vinci Pioneer

One of the first surgeons in the Long Island, NY, area to utilize the da Vinci Robotic Surgery system, Dr. Ahmad is a seasoned expert with da Vinci Robotic Surgery systems. The da Vinci Robotic Surgery system is the latest in cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgical procedures. Non-surgical options are available for many patients, as well. Nutrition counseling is also available.

Compassionate and Committed

Most importantly, Dr. Ahmad has been recognized for his compassion for and commitment to his patients. A recipient of several patient-centric awards, Dr. Ahmad stands ready to listen and inform.

Call Dr. Ahmad’s office to schedule your robotic surgery, weight loss surgery, laparoscopic, endoscopic, or general bariatric surgery today. The phone number for new appointments or general questions is (631) 689-0220. Forms for weight loss surgery and general surgery are available through our website.

For more information about robotic surgery, how to choose a robotic surgeon, or any other bariatric surgery related information, contact us at the number above, or, email us, at info@drahmadmd.com.

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