Chapter One
The Authors
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How to Order the Book


Louis Flancbaum, M.D. is a general surgeon and nationally recognized authority in bariatric surgery. He is a Chief of the Division of Bariatric Surgery at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital Center and associate professor of clinical surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Dr. Flancbaum is a graduate of the State University of New York - Downstate Medical Center and completed his surgical training at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago and the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems in Baltimore. He has held faculty positions at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Board Certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Nutrition Support. Dr Flancbaum is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the American College of Critical Care Medicine (FCCM), and the American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) and has been elected to membership in over 25 professional societies, including the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, American Society of Clinical Nutrition, American Institute of Nutrition, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. Dr Flancbaum has made numerous national and international presentations and has published over 100 articles and book chapters in scientific journals. Dr. Flancbaum lives in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Erica Manfred is a freelance writer and medical journalist whose articles on a variety of medical and psychological topics have appeared in Cosmopolitan; Ladies Home Journal; McCalls; Parenting; Food and Fitness Advisor; Bottom Line/Personal; New Age Journal; Mothers Today; Dr. Joyce Brothers Emotional Health Newsletter;; She had gastric bypass surgery in January of 1998, which substantially improved both her health and quality of life. She lives in Catskill, New York. 

Deborah Biskin Flancbaum, M.S. is an educator and freelance writer who contributes to Lifestyles, Modern Bride, and Olam magazines and Her first book, Acts of Loving-Kindness (Jewish Publication Society) will be out in April of 2002. Ms. Levine edited Dr. Flancbaum's book, And You Shall Live by Them; Contemporary Approaches to Jewish Medical Ethics and profiled him for Lifestyles Magazine. She and Dr. Flancbaum are currently collaborating on a book about the meaning of the Jewish holidays. She lives with her husband Louis Flancbaum in Teaneck, New Jersey