Our Expert Staff
Dr. Michael S. Kaplan, D.O.
Bariatric Medicine/Internal Medicine
Dr. Michael Kaplan has been a founding partner and the Chief Medical Officer of The Center for Medical Weight Loss (CMWL) since January 2006. He developed the weight loss program and wrote the patient counseling materials that are used in 450+ offices currently located in 45 U.S. states.
He has been a board-certified bariatrician (the new specialty dealing with weight and metabolism) since May 2005 and has been practicing bariatric medicine since 2001. Currently there are only about 400 board certified bariatricians in the United States.
Dr. Kaplan hosts biannual continuous medical education(CME) seminars for physicians specializing in Bariatric Medicine. This allows Dr. Kaplan to interact with many of the medical experts, scientists, and policy makers in the current medical weight loss market. This helps us maintain our position of being the most knowledgeable group of weight loss providers in the world. Dr. Kaplan is responsible for teaching a basic foundation in bariatric medicine to all participating physicians.
Dr. Kaplan also provides ongoing support in the form of medical advice on how to handle clinical patient management issues to all participating CMWL physicians. He gives monthly CME webinars to all interested CMWL physicians on the recently published journal articles that affect the practice of bariatric medicine.
Dr. Kaplan has developed an easy-to-use physician/patient counseling module guide. It allows the physician to give each weight loss patient professional, individualized counseling at each office visit. Dr. Kaplan was the first to develop an individualized physician-instituted counseling system that is reproducible among different patients and physicians. He also incorporates the latest technology in the form of a body composition analysis at each patient visit to compartmentalize the weight loss into fat, muscle, and water. The goal of the fitness counseling and weight loss program is to lose as much fat as possible while maintaining muscle mass. Muscle mass helps to maintain the metabolism, and we encourage all of our patients to exercise to prevent muscle loss. Our body composition scale has been equipped with specialized software that creates easy-to-read patient printouts that assist our physicians in providing professional fitness counseling.
A statistical study was recently done to help validate the LCD weight loss program that Dr. Kaplan has developed. Of the 358 randomly selected patients, 99% lost weight at 6 months. At 1 year later, 98% maintained some weight loss. At 3 weeks, 100% of people lost 5% of their initial body weight. 5% weight loss is a clinical benchmark often sited in obesity literature as the amount of weight loss needed to improve many of the weight related co-morbid conditions such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidemia. Some other findings of the study were a greater than a pound a day weight loss for the first week in a weighted average of men and woman from a stratified sample of more than seven years of patient data.
From August 1992 to May 1996, Dr. Kaplan attended the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He achieved academic honors in a majority of the core courses taught in Osteopathic Medical School. From August 1988 to May 1992, Dr. Kaplan attended the University of Miami on a Pearson Academic Scholarship. In May 1992 he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Psychology.
Dr. Kaplan completed his internship and residency at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York from July 1996 to June 1999. He became a board-certified internist (ABIM) in October of 1999. From July 1999 to October 2001, Dr. Kaplan worked as an attending physician at North Shore Medical Associates in Port Jefferson, New York. Dr. Kaplan has had a license to practice medicine and surgery in New York State since 1999.
Seeing first-hand the morbid conditions caused by obesity on a daily basis while working as an internist, Dr. Kaplan developed the Long Island Weight Loss Institute in November 2001He continues to develop the weight management counseling program modules for CMWL while seeing patients in his current bariatric practices.
Andre Giannakopoulos, M.D.
Andre Giannakopoulos, MD is a renowned weight loss specialist practicing in the New York area for over 9 years. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn NY, where he remains as an affiliate. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and one in only a small handful of board certified bariatricians in all of New York State, specializing in the treatment of obesity and all of its related conditions.
His dedication to his work and outstanding patient outcomes in bariatric medicine has earned him, “Compassionate Doctor & Patients’ Choice” awards as well as “America’s Top Physicians” award for the past three years. He has lectured nationally, sat on expert panels, and led research projects which helped to bring new weight loss supplements to the United States. He has been written about in New York’s Newsday, Daily News, and Oprah’s “O” magazine. He currently serves as program director of the Long Island Weight Loss Institute where his devotion to exceptional patient care is substantiated, along with Dr. Michael Kaplan, founder and Chief Medical Officer of the center for medical weight loss®.
Dr. Giannakopoulos was the first doctor to become a part of, what’s now the largest network of bariatric physicians nationwide, “the center for medical weight loss®“. He is an active member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, the Society of Aesthetics in Medicine, and American Telemedicine Association.
New on the horizon, Dr. Giannakopoulos will be taking his expertise to all residents of NY State via Tele-Medicine. This is a virtual medical weight loss visit done with the doctor over the internet with all that you would expect from an office visit without ever leaving your home.
Collin E.M. Brathwaite, M.D. FACS
Long Island Weight Loss Institute is honored to include Dr. Collin E.M. Brathwaite as part of its medical staff. Patients of Long Island Weight Loss Institute for whom surgery is recommended will be referred to Dr. Brathwaite for the performance of Roux en Y Gastric Bypass and other related procedures for the treatment of morbid obesity.
Dr. Brathwaite graduated from Howard University in 1983 after completing his M.D. degree in the three year (accelerated) program. He completed his residency in General Surgery at St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center of New York in 1988, then went on to fellowship training in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at the University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Center. Dr. Brathwaite has served on the faculty of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey as well as Allegheny University in Pennsylvania. While practicing in Pennsylvania in 1996 he was listed by Philadelphia Magazine as one of the "Top Docs" in that region.
Dr. Brathwaite currently serves as a surgical consultant to the new York State Health Department and New York health Plan Association in the development of Bariatric surgery guidelines for the state of new York. He is a member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, the International Society ofr Bariatric Surgery, and has served in a leadership role in several other national professional organizations. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
For more information about Bariatric Surgery go to www.brathwaitesurgical.com
Dr. Ricciardelli is a board certified physician who has been in practice in Port Jefferson Station for eighteen years in the specialty of internal medicine. He was born and raised in New Jersey and matriculated at Fordham University for his undergraduate degree in biology. After attending the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico for his MD degree, he completed three years of an internal medicine residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
He was selected as chief medical resident at the East Orange VA Medical Center and then did one year of a critical care fellowship at the same location. During that time he had his first experience in weight loss management with a liquid diet program. While considering a long-term position in bariatric medicine, he decided to enter a general internal medicine practice.
Through the years he has seen the devastating effects of obesity on many of his patients’ health. In addition, he has had personal experience with family members with this problem. With obesity reaching epidemic proportions, Dr. Ricciardelli has decided to dedicate himself to treating this disease process. He realizes the special needs of the obese patient population and eagerly anticipates the personal interaction and impact he hopes to have on their lives.
Dr. Bennett is a board certified internist who has been in practice in Port Jefferson Station for 15 years. After receiving a degree in psychology at New York University, Dr. Bennett went on to study for his MD degree at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico for three years, and spent his forth year at New York University, School of Medicine. He completed his internal medicine residency at the Bridgeport Hospital, in Bridgeport, CT.
As well as educating others at Stony Brook University, Brookhaven Hospital and other facilities, Dr. Norman Bennett keeps his knowledge current by attending the most recent professional enhancements lectures and courses.
Dr. Bennett is currently the consulting physician for vascular medicine at the Nesconset Nursing home as well as an associate with Suffolk Vascular Associates in Port Jefferson Station, NY. He is also at Rejuve Medi-spa in East Setauket, NY practicing Aesthetic Medicine such as BOTOX Cosmetic, Juvederm and Sclerotherapy.
Dr. Debra Greenfield
Dr. Debra Greenfield, a long time resident of Long Island, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College, CUNY, where she majored in biology and graduated Summa Cum Laude and was elected a lifetime member of Phi Beta Kappa. She studied medicine and earned her M.D. degree at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Greenfield did her residency training in internal medicine at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Greenfield started her career as a consultant at Wills Eye Hospital and as an instructor in medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She then practiced as an attending in medicine at Parker Jewish Geriatric Institute and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, in New Hyde Park, New York. She has worked as a consultant for a weight loss program and has a strong understanding of the physiologic and psychological components of obesity. Dr. Greenfield is quite sympathetic to the struggle one has when losing weight and feels that she can help patients reach their goal in weight loss while achieving positive medical benefits.
Piya Ghoshal, M.D.
116 Broadway, Suite #6 Amityville, NY 11701
Treating patients as a board certified internists I see on a daily basis the deleterious effect that excess weight has on an individual’s health. This is why I enjoy helping my patients lose weight. It gives me great pleasure seeing my patients get healthier through weight loss. I hope to see you soon!
Dr. Edward Fruitman
Dr. Edward Fruitman graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine. Dr. Fruitman completed his residency at Einstein/Montefiore. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Fruitman is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of Psychopharmacology. He has delivered over 700 lectures and presentations at medical conferences, in grand rounds and other medical education settings.
Dr. Fruitman is an expert in the treatment of obesity and offers medical weight loss program in affiliation with Long Island Weight Loss Institute. His training and experience allows Dr Fruitman to bring together the medical expertise of bariatric physician with the compassion and understanding of a trained psychotherapist to help his overweight patients. Dr Fruitman’s medical team was trained personally by Dr. Kaplan in the methodology of Long Island Weight Loss Institute.
Joan Lebow, MD
Dr. Joan Lebow is new to our practice. She is a Board Certified Internist and comes to us with 20 years experience in Primary Care. After completing her Internal Medicine Residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, she moved to Boston to work with the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Nearly 10 years later, she moved to the Cambridge Health Alliance where she was Medical Director of the Central Street Health Center, a clinic that provides health care to a culturally diverse population.
While there, she led a comprehensive care management program for patients with Diabetes. During her time in Massachusetts, she was an educator to both students and residents, and was an Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Lebow strongly believes the importance of listening to her patients and strives to create partnerships so the common goals can be achieved. She is actively training in Obesity Medicine and understands the value of the life changing education that the Center Medical Weight Loss provides. She is an experienced, caring and empathetic physician and is excited to be joining the Center for Medical Weight Loss.
Lynne I. Portnoy, MD, MPH
My specialty is Preventive Medicine. I have dedicated myself to helping my patients maximize their health. I’m excited to help you address a neglected area of your life: “You!” At Centers for Medical Weight Loss we offer one-on-one, scientific, up-to-date methods to help you reach and maintain your weight and health goals.
I’ve fought a weight battle all my life. At age 60, I won a fitness competition in New Mexico through diet and exercise. This experience showed me that I can help you to incorporate fitness and health behaviors into your busy schedule so you can enjoy life even more!
Paula Schlossberg MD
I am a physician who has had extensive training in medical weight loss and am here to help you get to the root of your specific weight loss challenges. I understand that weight loss is a very personal process, and I have the medical tools and resources to develop a highly personalized plan specific to your unique biological makeup. I’m also here to provide you with the motivational support you might need during the weight loss process. I know together we can work to achieve your weight loss goals in a safe and healthy way.