Dr. Alexander Abkin

Alexander Abkin, MD, FACS

Dr. Alexander Abkin

Dr. Alexander Abkin is a board certified general surgeon specializing in weight loss surgery. He has performed over 7,000 bariatric procedures in the past 16 years.

Procedures offered include Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, Realize Band, Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery.

On average, Dr. Abkin performs 6 to 8 procedures per week. His practice is recognized as a Center of Excellence (COE) in Bariatric Surgery.

Dr. Abkin is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES). He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

In 1999 Dr. Abkin was among the first surgeons in New Jersey to perform Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass. In 2001 his practice did the same for Lap Band. Dr. Abkin was the first in the North East to implement the REALIZE™ Band procedure in 2007. In addition, he is one of only 30 surgeons selected in the country to train other doctors in the use of that device. Dr. Abkin was the first surgeon on the East Coast to offer Single Incision Gastric Bypass in 2009.

He has been honored by his medical colleagues as a “Top Doctor” in NJ Monthly Magazine each year since 2007 including most recently the 2014 edition.

Bariatric Surgeon Profile

Overview

Dr. Abkin received his medical training at First Leningrad Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his M.D. in 1986. He completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Abkin also has specialized training in laparoscopic and bariatric surgical techniques, completed under the guidance of Dr. Philip Schauer in Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery , the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, and the American Medical Association. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). 

Experience

Procedure Total Surgeries Years Experience Average O.R. Stay Time Average Hospital Stay
Roux-en-Y
Laparoscopic 4500.0 16 years 45 minutes 2 overnight
LAP-BAND
Laparoscopic 800.0 14 years 30 minutes Same day
REALIZE Band
Laparoscopic 600.0 8 years 30 minutes Same day
Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic 700 6 years 45 minutes 1 overnight

 

Awards

Voted “TOP DOCS” in Bariatric Surgery:

  • 2014 – Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2013 – Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2012 – Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2011 - Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2010 - Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2009 - Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2008 - Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine
  • 2007 - Voted “Top Doctors” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine

Patient Reviews

Thank You Dr Abkin…. I’m usually depressed… but thanks to you and your staff I am actually looking forward to SPRING this year. I had my Bypass in Sept and have lost 70 pounds so far. I can’t wait to go shopping for a new Easter Outfit! My family and friends will be shocked at how far I have come in such a short time. This has been LIFE Changing! Thank You for being a Caring Person and to your staff for helping me to get done what I needed. Without the Surgery I would be lost! Thank You for all that you do!

Elsie
March 15, 2013 (posted as a patient)