Dr. Sandor to lead Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery

July 1, 2011 – Hallmark Health System is pleased to announce that Andras Sandor, MD has been named director of the Hallmark Health Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery.

A resident of Lexington, Dr. Sandor is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) Designee. The designation, awarded by the Surgical Review Corporation in collaboration with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, recognizes optimal performance levels, despite the fact that many obese patients present sharply increased surgical risks.

Dr. Sandor is board-certified in general surgery and has a special interest in advanced laparoscopic procedures. He routinely performs laparoscopic weight loss surgery including gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and adjustable gastric banding (LapBand) procedures.

Dr. Sandor also introduced a new procedure to the hospital. The Single Incision Laparoscopic (SILS) procedure is a new type of gallbladder removal surgery that leaves virtually no scars. The procedure removes the gallbladder through a small incision in the belly button and as a result the scar from the procedure is hidden, alleviating a concern for many patients. Dr. Sandor and Lawrence Memorial Hospital were the first in the region to offer the procedure.

Dr. Sandor attended medical school in Hungary before coming to the United States and completing his post-graduate research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, subsequent residency and laparoscopic surgical clinical fellowship at UMASS Medical Center. He is co-author of more than 30 scientific publications, seven book chapters and has presented his results at national and international scientific conferences.

The Center has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as well as a Blue Distinction Center by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology.

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