Obesity Surgery (2018) 28:1811 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11695-018-3315-8 BIOGRAPHY George A. Fielding Published online: 4 June 2018 The Author(s) 2018 In the mid-1990s, Professor Fielding became increasingly interested in bariatric surgery, and he quickly became a world expert on the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Lap Band. Professor Fielding was responsible for training thou- sands of surgeons (including the Editor-In-Chief of this jour- nal) on the proper operative technique for placing the band, and how to properly manage these patients afterwards. In addition to general bariatric surgery, Professor Fielding has a special interest in pediatric bariatric surgery and revisional bariatric surgery, as well as hiatal hernia surgery and paraesophageal hernia surgery. Over the course of his lengthy, distinguished career, Professor Fielding has performed more than 10,000 bariatric surgeries. The main goal of his life’s work has been caring for people with severe obesity and performing bariatric surgery with skill and compassion. In 1999, after years of struggling with weight-related prob- lems, Professor Fielding had bariatric surgery himself. This experience gave him a uniquely personal perspective of our Dr. George Fielding is a general and bariatric surgeon, and the field and what trials and challenges patients experience when Ira and Nikki Harris Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone they decide to undergo surgery. Professor Fielding has contin- Medical Center in New York. uedtodowellwithhis LapBand,nowmorethan18 yearslater. Beginning in 1980, while still in his surgical residency at In 2006, Professor Fielding had a major life change. He the Royal Brisbane Hospital in Australia, Professor Fielding moved from his long-time home in Australia to live and work developed interests in both hepatobiliary and pancreatic sur- in New York City. This move enabled him to continue enhanc- gery. From 1987 to 1989, he performed fellowship training in ing his academic career and to work alongside his soul mate, Glasgow, Gloucester, and Bern. He then returned to Brisbane Dr. Christine Ren. in 1990 as an attending surgeon. George Fielding has four children with his first wife Jennifer Professor Fielding was involved in the early days of the Duncombe, a doctor in Brisbane, and three grandchildren. He is development of laparoscopic surgery. He became a noted ex- now married to Christine, with whom he works at NYU. pert in this young field and went on to teach laparoscopic Christine is the division chief, and his boss, but he takes it all techniques to surgeons around the world. Professor Fielding in stride. His passions, apart from his family, include playing has also been very academically productive. He has published guitar and piano, drinking Burgundy and bourbon with friends, more than 150 journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. fly fishing, and duck hunting. He also loves spending time in the He also has spoken at countless international conferences. great outdoors of Montana where he and Christine own a home. Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative * George A. Fielding Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http:// firstname.lastname@example.org creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appro- priate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Department of Surgery, NYU, 530 First Ave., Suite 10S, New Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. York, NY 10016, USA
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Published: Jun 4, 2018
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