My expertise is in metabolic and bariatric surgery, as well as other advanced minimally invasive operations. I am very passionate about the benefits bariatric surgery can provide to patients who have struggled with weight and other medical problems. Our program is geared toward providing the right operation for the right patient with life-long care to optimize results.
I believe patients deserve a surgeon who listens to them. It's important to hear their concerns. This feedback is an important part of determining a care plan, including an operation that fits their expectations. My desire is to offer patients the least "invasive" operation that meets their needs.
The best part of working at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the people. There is a noticeable commitment to offering the highest quality of care. I love being surrounded by really smart individuals who are passionate about what they do.
In my free time I enjoy reading, relaxing with my family and spending time outdoors. I am an avid tennis player and also enjoy shooting trap and sporting clays.
- Director, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Medical director, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Comprehensive Weight Management Program
- Founding president, Ohio Society for Bariatric Surgery
- Rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in the nation for patient satisfaction, 2015-2019
- Named to the Castle Connolly list of “Regional Top Doctors,” 2015–2019
- Best Doctor in America, 2017
Procedures and Conditions I Treat
- Hernia, Abdominal
- Abdominal Wall
- Bariatric Surgery
- Gastric Bypass
- Obesity, Morbid
- Digestive System Diseases
- Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures
- Digestive System Surgical Procedures
- Hernia, Hiatal
- Hernia, Ventral
- General Surgery
Locations Where I Practice
2050 Kenny Road
Columbus, OH 43221
2050 Kenny Road
Pavilion 2nd Floor Suite 2500 Columbus, OH 43221
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Education and Training
Mount Sinai School of Medicine SUNY, New York, NY
8/1/1990 - 6/30/1994
Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY
7/1/1994 - 6/30/1999
American Board of Surgery
General and Gastrointestinal Surgery
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Consulting and Related Relationships
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As of 11/01/2020, Dr. Needleman has reported relationships with the companies or entities listed below. If you have questions about the relationships listed below, please ask the faculty member. If you have questions about how these relationships are monitored by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, please contact our Compliance Office.