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Dr. Garrison, M.D., FACS, FASMBS, is a board-certified General, Bariatric and Vascular Surgeon with more than 25 years of experience. He currently offers his expertise at our vein center in Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Garrison graduated from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1982 and completed his General Surgery Residency training at the UMDNJ/New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey in 1989. In addition, he completed a Fellowship for Bariatric Surgery in 2007. “Dr. As a Surgeon, I have always taken the approach of wanting for my patient exactly what I would want for myself,” says Dr. Garrison. “When I encounter a patient I always accept that being in front of a surgeon leads to a tremendous amount of anxiety and fear. In order to overcome that fear and anxiety I must empower the patient not only with the knowledge of their disease but also add in the pertinent medical information on the prescribed treatment process. Empathy and compassion can then serve as the cornerstones of my treatment.” Dr. Garrison serves as a mentor to students interested in pursuing a career in medicine and is extremely active in the recruitment and retention of students of color at his alma mater, Lehigh University. He recently has published a primer on Bariatric Surgery in the American Journal of Family Physicians, and he actively coaches a college-level Pro-Am basketball team in the spring, summer and fall.
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