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Press Release, Edison, NJ – JFK Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Alexander D. Abkin, M.D., FACS, as Medical Director of JFK for Life, a lifestyle and surgical weight loss program.

Dr. Abkin is a board-certified general surgeon and nationally recognized bariatric surgeon who has performed more than 6,000 bariatric procedures in the past ten years. He performs several types of bariatric surgery procedures, including Gastric Bypass Surgery, Lap Band Surgery, Realize Band Surgery, Sleeve Gastrectomy, ROSE Procedure, Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS), and Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG).

“I have tremendous respect for Dr. Abkin and his accomplishments in helping people who struggle with obesity and their fight to overcome it,” said Scott Gebhard, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of JFK Medical Center. “We are very excited to have him on board and leading our weight loss program – helping people from the entire region to regain their health.”

Dr. Abkin received his medical training at First Leningrad Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his M.D. in 1986. He completed his residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, NJ. He is co-director of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgeons of Morris in Florham Park, a group recognized as a Center of Excellence by the American College of Surgeons and the Surgical Review Corporation of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. New Jersey Monthly magazine named Dr. Abkin one of New Jersey’s “Top Doctors” for the past four years (2007-2010). He was the first surgeon in New Jersey to implement the REALIZE™ Band procedure. More information about the bariatric surgical procedures Dr. Abkin performs is available at

The JFK for Life program focuses on comprehensive, multidisciplinary medical care tailored to each patient’s individual health needs. The program’s differentiator from other local programs is lifelong follow-up care, with each person being provided ongoing education, support, medical care and guidance before, during and after surgery. For additional information about JFK For Life, please call 732-343-7484 and visit

FOR: Immediate Release
DATE: February 9, 2011
NUMBER: 732-205-1449


JFK Medical Center, an affiliate of Solaris Health System, is a 498-bed full-service, acute care hospital, including the adjacent JFK Johnson Rehabilitative Institute. Located in the heart of Edison, NJ, it has remained at the forefront of quality care in the region since its inception in 1967. Today, JFK accommodates more than 20,000 admissions, 3,000 births and 60,000 Emergency Room visits on a yearly basis. The Medical Center features a complete array of services, including general surgery, emergency medicine, mental health, orthopedics, maternity and pediatric care. It is home to two world renowned institutes: the JFK New Jersey Neuroscience Institute and the JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, as well as JFK Haven Hospice, JFK Imaging Center and the Center for Wound Healing. Affiliated with UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education, JFK offers residency programs in physical and rehabilitation medicine, family practice and dentistry.