Dr Michael Bilof Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center

Dr. Bilof began his career as a vascular surgeon where he continuously saw chronically ill patients suffering from type 2 diabetes and other medical problems often seen in bariatric patients (high blood pressure, heart disease etc.). As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Bilof was frustrated by his inability to truly alter the course of these disease processes.  When he found out that bariatric surgery could literally reverse diabetes (getting patients off insulin and other diabetic medications) he knew he had found his calling.  If we can ‘cure’ diabetes, then patients won’t develop the chronic and debilitating vascular problems in the first place!  The ultimate preventive medicine!

 In 2003, upon the urging of his wife, Dr. Bilof left his successful vascular practice and retrained in bariatrics, something unheard of at the time and even today.  In April 2007, he founded his own practice, Garden State Bariatrics.

Dr. Bilof is a leader among his peers. His fellow bariatric surgeons in New Jersey chose him as President of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS) from 2014-2016.  During his career he has been designated as a Center of Excellence surgeon, been named Top Surgeon by the Consumers' Research Council of America, held the position of Section Chief for the Center of Excellence Bariatric Program at St. Barnabas as well as Deborah Heart and Lung Center and is a multiple (10) year winner of the NJ Monthly Top Doc award.

Dr. Bilof is also frequently recognized by his patients.  He has been repeatedly honored in the ‘I Love My Doc campaign’ at St. Barnabas Medical Center and has received the Patient Choice Award.

But for Dr. Bilof, the most valuable part of his job is the extraordinary impact bariatric surgery has had in his patients’ lives.  Their health is improved, and their life is reclaimed.

Licensure

New Jersey (56419) New York (206058)

Hospital Appointments

St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ

Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ

Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ

EXAMS & CERTIFICATIONS

ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery) Center of Excellence

ABS Certification in Vascular Surgery 2000

ABS Certification in Surgery 1998 – recertified in 2008 and 2017

SOCIETY MEMBERSHIPS

Fellow- American College of Surgeons (FACS) New Jersey Medical Society

New Jersey Chapter ASMBS – former chapter President (2014-2016)

Fellow- American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (FASMBS)

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)

LEADERSHIP & AWARDS

Section Chief for the Center of Excellence Bariatric Program for St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ 2010-2016

Section Chief for Bariatric Surgery, Deborah Heart and Lung, 2014-Present

Fellow- American College of Surgeons

Fellow- American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

New Jersey Monthly Top Docs – 2008, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017,2018

 

Fellowship

July 1997-June 1999

North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY

Vascular Surgery

 

Residency

July 1996-June 1997

St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ

General Surgery- Chief Resident

July 1991 to June 1996

St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ

General Surgery –Resident

July 1990 to June 1991

North Shore Medical Center Neptune, NJ

Internship- Transitional Year

 

Academic Degrees

Rutgers University Graduate School of Business Newark, NJ

Master of Business Administration Degree, 2007

University of Medicine & Dentistry – NJ Medical School, Newark NJ

Doctor of Medicine (MD), 1990

Rutgers University College of Engineering New Brunswick NJ

Major – Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BS), 1986

Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ

Major – Engineering

Associate of Science – Engineering, 1984

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center  

Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgeon

Founder and Owner

June 2007 to Present

 

Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey

Bariatric Surgeon

September 2003-June 2007

 

Cardiovascular Care Group

Vascular Surgeon

July 1999 to August 2003

 

 

TRAINING & COURSES

Robotic Surgical Techniques Course, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Jan 2008

Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Training, Animate and Cadaveric Laboratories,

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., July 2003-August 2003

Advanced Laparoscopic Skill and Suturing, Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., Sept 2003

InaMed Adjustable Lap Band Course, Chicago, October 17-18, 2003

 

PATENTS

Patent 5,755,713 Issued May 26, 1998 for “Laparoscopic Instrument”

 

ABSTRACTS, POSTERS, & PRESENTATIONS

Bilof ML, Herschman Z. Hemodynamic Effects of Iatrogenic Pneumoperitoneum

European Congress of Anesthesiology, Tel Aviv, Israel, October 1994

Bilof ML, Botchkina G, Friedman S, Scher L, Tracey K. Expression of TNF and

TNF Receptors in the Rat Brain after Focal Cerebral Ischemia, New York Vascular Surgery

Society Fellows Night, New York City, New York, April 1998

Botchkina G., Bilof ML, Tracey K. TNF, Apoptosis, and NF-κB in Ischemic Brain,

7th International TNF Congress, Hyannis, Massachusetts, May 17-21, 1998

Bilof ML, Al-Abed Y, Ivanova S, Bucala R, Tracey K. Cerebroprotectionby Inhibition of

3-Aminopropanol in a Rodent Model of Stroke, Surgical Forum American College of Surgeons,

Orlando, FL, October 25-30, 1998

Botchkina G, Bilof ML, Tracey K, NF-κB Expression after Permanent

Cerebral Ischemia, Society for Neuroscience, Los Angeles, CA, Nov 7-12, 1998

Subtotal Colectomy for Obstructing Colon Carcinoma,” St. Barnabas Medical Center

Grand Rounds, Livingston, N.J. 1992

Catamenial Pneumothorax: Pathogenesis and Treatment,” St. Barnabas Medical Center

Grand Rounds, Livingston, N.J. 1993

Retroperitoneal Fibrosis,” St. Barnabas Medical Center Grand Rounds, Livingston, N.J. 1994

Correction of Lower Extremity Deep Venous Reflux by Ablation of Superficial Venous Incompetence

Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, June 1995

Indication for Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Practice Patterns of Surgeons and Radiologists

Poster Presentation American Venous Forum Annual Meeting, San Diego, Feb. 22-24, 1996

The Cost of Inferior Vena Cava Filters: Does it Matter Where it is Done? New Jersey Vascular Society

Annual Meeting, Englewood New Jersey, March 13, 1996

Expression of TNF and TNF Receptors in the Rat Brain after Focal Cerebral Ischemia

New York Vascular Surgery Society Annual Fellows Night, New York City, New York, April 23, 1998

Cerebroprotection by Inhibition of 3-Aminopropanol in a Rodent Model of Stroke,

American College of Surgeons Surgical Forum, Orlando, FL October 27, 1998

Bariatric Surgery, Dept. of OB/GYN Grand Rounds, St Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, February 18, 2005

Our Experience with the Gore Suture Passer for Simple, Secure Placement of the Reservoir

in Lap-Band Patients, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons14th International Congress,

San Diego, California, September 14-17, 2005, Award for Best Poster in Education Content or Innovation

 

JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

Sales CM, Bilof ML, Petrillo KA, and Luka NL. Correction of lower extremity deep venous incompetence by ablation of superficial venous reflux. Ann Vasc Surg, May 1996

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