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Dr. William B. Inabnet Named Chief of Endocrine Surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

NEW YORK (Dec 12, 2004)

A leader in the field of minimally invasive endocrine surgery and bariatric surgery, Dr. William Inabnet was recently named chief of endocrine surgery and co-director of the Thyroid Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. He has been appointed Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Inabnet joins NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia from the Mount Sinai Medical Center.

"Dr. Inabnet has pioneered new techniques in minimally invasive endocrine neck surgery, adrenal, and pancreatic surgery," said Dr. Eric A. Rose, surgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia and chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. "He also helped to perfect a technique used in laparoscopic gastric bypass and laparoscopic biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) with duodenal switch. His world renowned experience will add even more depth to one of the nation's leading institutions of endocrinology."

Dr. Inabnet is a co-investigator for one of six U.S. medical centers to receive multimillion-dollar National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for the Longitudinal Assessment of Bariatric Surgery, a five-year clinical study of bariatric surgery. Dr. Inabnet has a research interest in disorders of the endocrine system in obese patients.

Dr. Inabnet received his undergraduate and medical school education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He completed a five-year residency in general surgery at Rush Medical College and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, where he was appointed instructor of surgery. In 1996, Dr. Inabnet then completed a fellowship in endocrine surgery at Cochin Hospital in Paris, France, where he trained under Professor Yves Chapuis, a world leader in the field of endocrine surgery.

Dr. Inabnet has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as two textbooks including the recently released book entitled Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, the first book on this important topic. He lectures throughout the world and was recently inducted into the French National Academy of Surgery, a rare honor for non-French surgeons.

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