About Dr. Lael Forbes
Dr. Forbes is a fellowship trained General Surgeon and Bariatric surgeon and a leading expert in obesity medicine for both adolescents and adults. She has performed over 1500 laparoscopic weight loss procedures including adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band), sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass and revisional bariatric operations. She has joined with Dr. Daniel Rosen to create Metropolitan Wellness Medical and Surgical in order to create a comprehensive approach to Adolescent and Adult Weight Management. In addition to weight loss surgery, Dr. Forbes offers the latest advances in non-surgical procedures and utilizes FDA approved medications to promote sustained weight loss. Dr. Forbes received her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, trained in general surgery at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital Center, and completed fellowship training in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the world-renowned European Institute of Telesurgery (IRCAD) in Strasbourg, France. Following her training, she was recruited to University at Buffalo where she co-founded and directed the UB Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. She was then recruited to the University of Rochester in 2009, where she was awarded the position of Associate Professor of Surgery. As a general surgeon, she specializes in laparoscopic hernia repairs, gallbladder removals, and anti-reflux surgery. Laparoscopic surgery uses cameras and tiny skin incisions to avoid large scars, decrease post-operative pain and to promote quicker recovery. Dr. Forbes is also available to help with simple procedures such as abscess drainage, skin excisions, and removal of soft tissue masses. Dr. Forbes is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). She is a member of many medical societies including Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), American Medical Association and Association for Academic Surgery. In addition to authoring book chapters, she has published research articles in prestigious journals and has both lectured and presented her research at national conferences.
- American Board of Surgery
Education and training
- Medical School - Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Doctor of Medicine
- American College of Surgeons
- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Awards and publications
- Marescaux, J.; Mutter, D.; Forbes, L.E.; et al. "Bilateral Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy". Minimally Invasive Endocrine Surgery. lnabnet, W.B.; Gagner, M.; Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins | 2001.
Dr. Lael Forbes's office locations
Weight Zen and Hernia Center
200 E 78th Street, Suite 1A
New York, NY 10075
Weight Zen and Hernia Center
55 Meadowlands Parkway, 3 Floor
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Patient reviews for Dr. Lael Forbes
Friendly, efficient, confident and clear. This was just a consult, so I can’t speak beyond one interaction, but answered my questions clearly and very helpfully
She was very in depth with the different ways to take off the pounds. Plus her professionalism was excellent.
Great Dr. She is kind and listens. Thank you, Dr. Forbes.
Easy to talked to knows alot about medical weight loss.
Dr. Forbes is a very pleasant Dr. She makes sure to answer all your questions and gives great advice.
She's amazing, caring, good bed side manner. Very helpful and seen results.
"Dr. Forbes goes to great lengths for her patients. She visited me at home for a medical check up when I needed her help. She is caring and really takes great pride in her work and goes above and beyond for patients."
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