New Center for Weight Loss Surgery Team Members




NEWTON, Mass. (August, 2009) – Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s Center for General and Weight Loss Surgery has recently added two new physicians. Steven Yood, MD, MPH will join the Center as Medical Director of Minimally Invasive General Surgery and Rajan Chahal, MD will join as a General and Bariatric Surgeon.

Dr. Yood received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1992, and completed his General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he also served as Chief Resident. While in Ann Arbor, Dr. Yood earned a Masters Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan. In 1999, Dr. Yood completed a fellowship at The University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery and became Board Certified in Surgery.

Dr. Yood joined Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael in 1999 as an attending surgeon. In 2004, Dr. Yood was appointed the Director of Laparoscopic Education at the Hospital of Saint Raphael and subsequently, he was appointed Chief of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive/Bariatric Surgery Fellowship at The Hospital of Saint Raphael. Dr. Yood has published numerous articles and book chapters on laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery and is committed to providing the best surgical care to patients using minimally invasive techniques. In addition to laparoscopic bariatric surgery, Dr. Yood has extensive expertise and interest in laparoscopic anti-reflux procedures, paraesophageal hernia repair, treatment of achalasia, ventral and inguinal hernia repair, colectomy and solid organ removal.

Dr. Chahal received his medical degree from Albany Medical College 2003. He completed his residency in General Surgery at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital, where he was also appointed chief resident. In 2009, Dr. Chahal completed a fellowship in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric surgery at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven CT. In addition to English, Dr. Chahal is also fluent in Punjabi.

The Center for General and Weight Loss Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital is accredited as a Level 1A Bariatric Surgery Center from the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the highest level of accreditation a center can receive. The Center focuses on a multidisciplinary approach, which has been in place since the inception of the program at the Hospital. This approach has made Newton-Wellesley Hospital a leader in bariatric surgery for the past 13 years. The success of the program comes not only from the expertise of the surgeons, but also from their commitment to their patients. The comprehensive approach combines surgery with nutrition education and counseling, psychological counseling and referrals, peer support groups, long-term medical follow up and state-of-the-art hospital services – each vital to the success of the patient.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital, a full system member of Partners HealthCare System, Inc. (PHCS), provides a wide range of services, including medical, surgical, obstetrical, orthopaedic, pediatric and psychiatric care. Newton-Wellesley has been serving its community for over a century. The medical staff of the Hospital includes nearly 1,000 physicians practicing a full range of specialties. NWH is a major teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine and also has established post-graduate training programs for Harvard Medical School residents.

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Rachel Kagno
Public Affairs & Marketing
Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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