Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Marc Bessler, MD

Department of Surgery
Division of Minimally Invasive, Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
Chief, Division of Minimal Access/Bariatric Surgery
Director, Minimal Access Surgery Center
Director, Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery

Dr. Marc Bessler is the United States Surgical Professor of Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Bessler's clinical specialties include laparoscopic and single incision bariatric surgery. He earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in general surgery and his fellowship in surgical endoscopy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Laparoscopic Anti-reflux Surgery
  • Stomach Cancer
  • General Surgery
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Cancer Care
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery
  • GERD-Laparoscopic Technique
  • Minimal Access Surgery-GERD
  • Barrett's Esophagus
  • Laparoscopy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Gastric Bypass
  • Gallbladder Surgery
  • Heartburn
  • Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
  • Metabolic Surgery
  • Esophageal Surgery
  • Obesity Surgery
  • Stomach Surgery
  • Laparoscopic Fundoplication
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Revisional Bariatric Surgery
  • Endoscopic Gastric Balloon Placement
  • GERD Surgery
  • Splenectomy
  • Laparoscopic Surgery
Honors & Awards:

New York Magazine's Top Doctors, 2005-2016.

Blakemore Award for Surgical Research, 1992 and 1993.

Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Resident Achievement Award, Best Resident Presentation, SAGES, 1995.

Blakernore Prize for Excellence in Surgical Research, June 1996.


Bessler M. Tumor Implantation at Laparoscopy: Is it a real problem? Surgical Endoscopy 1998; 12:1288-9.

Whelan R.L., Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M. Minimal Access Surgery. and the Biology of Cancer. Minimal Access Surgery in Oncology. Geraghty JG, Sackier JM, Young HL Eds.: Greenwich Medical Media, London 1998; 1, 16.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Horvath K.D., et. al. Increased Tumor Establishment and Growth After Open Versus Laparoscopic Surgery in Mice May be Related to Differences in Postoperative T cell Function.. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12.

Wickens J.C., Whelan R.L., Allendorf J.D.F, Bessler M., et. al. Wound Tensile Strength and Contraction Rate are not Affected by Laparotomy or Pneumoperitoneum. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998; 12:1166-70.

Allendorf J.D.F., Bessler M., Horvath K.D., et. al. Increased Tumor Establishment and Growth After Open Versus Laparoscopic Bowel Resection in Mice. Surgical Endoscopy, 1998;12:1035-8.