Richard B. Rubenstein, MD Center for Bariatric Surgery

Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program designated center (MBSAQIP)

Options include:

    • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgeries
    • Gastric Bypass
    • Lap Band Procedures
    • Sleeve Gastrectomy
    • Revisional Surgeries
  • Weight-loss from bariatric surgery can also have positive effects on many life-threatening obesity-related conditions, including sleep apnea, diabetes, osteoarthritis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Hypertension, metabolic syndrome, among others.
  • For more information about weight-loss programs and the options of bariatric surgery, contact the offices of PBMC's Director of Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Paayal Mehta, 715 Roanoke Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901.
    • Telephone: 631-963-4750
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Bariatric surgery is a safe and effective weight-loss treatment

Intended for those categorized as "morbidly obese," bariatric surgery is a recommended option for people whose excess weight can contribute to life- threatening health problems, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer.

Candidates for bariatric surgery include patients with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more or patients with a BMI 35-39.9 with obesity specific comorbidities. BMI is determined through a formula based on height and weight.

The bariatric surgery option reduces the size of the stomach, allowing the patient to experience the feeling of being "full" while taking in less food. The result is usually the loss of a substantial amount of weight that stays off over the years. Named for the program's founder, the Richard Rubenstein MD Center for Bariatric Surgery at Peconic Bay Medical Center has earned top marks from the field's leading surgeons by receiving MBSAQIP accreditation from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery's (ASMBS), an honor shared by the surgical and support staff. To earn that distinction, the center was subjected to a series of inspections and a close examination of its surgical procedures along with a thorough evaluation of the results of the treatment offered to East End patients.

Pre- and Post-Operative Support

Dramatic weight loss necessitates dramatic lifestyle changes, and this can be a very intense, confusing, and frightening period in patients' lives. For this reason, we have implemented a comprehensive pre- and post-operative program to help our patients through their transformations.

During this program, patients are counseled by our psychiatric nurse practitioner, who helps them through this highly emotional time in their lives. We also require that our patients undergo nutritional and exercise education so that they have the tools necessary to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Finally, our patients are encouraged to join our bariatric surgery support group. This is the perfect environment for patients to learn from each other and to support each other as they embark together on a journey to a healthy new life.

Our experienced and compassionate weight loss team conducts monthly support group meetings where new patients can get information as well as meet with patients who have already embarked on their weight loss journey.

Program Director: Payaal P. Mehta, MD

Dr. Mehta, is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, advanced laparoscopic surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery. She has a passion and commitment to weight loss surgery and performs a wide spectrum of bariatric procedures including gastric banding, gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy and revisional procedures including the non invasive stomaphyx procedure.

A highly skilled and experienced surgeon with advanced expertise in minimally invasive techniques, Dr. Mehta has performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgeries. She also performs a variety of other laparoscopic surgeries including gall bladder and appendix removals and hernia repairs.


  • General Surgery Residency: Sound Shore Medical Center, Westchester, NY
  • Fellowship in Bariatric Surgery: Under Dr. Robert E. Brolin, Princeton, NJ

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Bariatric Surgery
  • Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons