Dr Michael Bilof

Dr. Michael Bilof founded Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center in April 2007; after 4 years in bariatrics with a colleague in our West Orange, NJ Office. Prior to 2003, Dr. Bilof was a successful and busy vascular surgeon in NJ (from 1999-2003). During his time as a vascular surgeon, he continuously saw patients that were in chronic, oft times terminal condition as a result of America’s silent killer – Type II Diabetes. Dr. Bilof was frustrated by the overwhelming acceptance of ‘maintaining’ the issues primarily associated with Type II Diabetes and believed there had to something more to get ahead of the diseases associated with his morbidly obese vascular patients. In 2003 he left his busy, successful vascular practice and was retrained in the specialty of general surgery, bariatrics. (Dr. Bilof likes to say that while some folks may feel surgery is surgery – being retrained in bariatrics is likened to going from hip surgery to brain surgery training). Dr. Bilof has been 100% bariatrics since 2003 and has never been happier.

Don’t let his mild-mannered demeanor fool you – Dr. Bilof not only restarted his entire medical career in 2003 – along the way he was credentialed and, re-certified again in 2009, as a Center of Excellence surgeon and practice; he was awarded ‘I Love My Doc campaign’ put on by St. Barnabas every year it was run; received top honors as a Top Surgeon by the American Council of America for Surgeons; Patient Choice Awards; and NJ Monthly Top Doc award (nominated by his peers) for 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and 2013. In addition, he held the position of Medical Director at St. Barnabas for the Center of Excellence Bariatric Program for years and was given the highest position for the bariatric program at St. Barnabas Medical Center – as Section Chief for the Center of Excellence Bariatric Program.
For Dr. Bilof, the highest reward and award he honors is those from his patients. His patient’s diabetes cured; their health reclaimed; a new outlook on life and their life forever transformed with bariatric surgery – for Dr. Bilof – that is most treasured reward. Dr. Bilof considers it a privilege to have an important role in the extraordinary results of his patients and the joy his patients have for their new life and improved health. For Dr. Bilof, the Thank YOU is his to his patients – as he too reclaimed his life since 2003.


July 2001-July 2007

Rutgers University Graduate School of Business Newark, NJ

Master of Business Administration Degree – MBA


July 1997-June 1999

North Shore University Hospital Manhasset, NY

Vascular Surgery


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

August 1986 to June 1990

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

Doctor of Medicine (MD), May 1990

August 1984 to May 1986

Rutgers University College of Engineering New Brunswick NJ

Major – Chemical Engineering

Bachelor of Science (BS), May 1986

August 1982 to May 1984

Brookdale Community College Lincroft, NJ

Major – Engineering

Associate of Science – Engineering

WORK EXPERIENCE June 2007 to Present

Garden State Bariatrics & Wellness Center Millburn, NJ Surgeon – Minimally Invasive Bariatrics and General Surgeon Founder and Owner

September 2003-June 2007

Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey West Orange, NJ

Bariatric Surgeon

July 1999 to August 2003

Cardiovascular Care Group Belleville, NJ

Vascular Surgeon


New Jersey (56419) New York (206058)

Hospital/Surgery Center Appointments

1              St. Barnabas Medical Center Livingston, NJ

2              Florham Park Surgery Center Florham Park, NJ

3              Deborah Heart and Lung Center Browns Mills, NJ

4             Kimball Medical Center Lakewood, NJ

5             Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch, NJ


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

–      Certified 2007 and recertified 2009

ABS Certification in Vascular Surgery 2000

ABS Certification in Surgery 1998 – recertified in 2008


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

New Jersey Chapter ASMBS – V.P.

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS)

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

American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP)


1              Section Chief for the Center of Excellence Bariatric Program for St. Barnabas Medical Center in

Livingston, NJ 2010-current

2             Board Member Florham Park Surgery Center Florham Park, NJ current

3             Fellow- American College of Surgeons

4             Fellow- American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

5             New Jersey Monthly Top Docs – 2008, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013


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

2             Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Training, Animate and Cadaveric Laboratories,

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

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

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


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


1            Bilof ML, Herschman Z. Hemodynamic Effects of Iatrogenic Pneumoperitoneum

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

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

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

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

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

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

4            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

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

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

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

Grand Rounds, Livingston, N.J. 1992

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

Grand Rounds, Livingston, N.J. 1993

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

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

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

10           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

11           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

12           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

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

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

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

February 18, 2005

15           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


1              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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