Dr. Robert Brolin, M.D., FACS

Dr. Robert Brolin, M.D., FACSDr. Robert E. Brolin is one of the United States’ leading bariatric surgeons. He’s performed thousands of weight loss surgery procedures over his 30+ year career. Dr. Brolin is well known for his diagnostic expertise in evaluating problems and complications of bariatric operations performed by other surgeons.

30+ years of bariatric experience
Recipient of the 2014 ASMBS Outstanding Achievement Award
Best Doctors in America: 1998 – present
#5 of Thirty ASMBS Members Who Made a Difference

Dr. Brolin regularly serves as a medical consultant for legal cases that require bariatric expertise. For more than 25 years, he’s reviewed cases throughout the country for both defense and plaintiff’s attorneys in the general areas of bariatric and gastrointestinal surgery. He’s been associated with only one adverse defense verdict in 25+ years of testimony.

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  • 30+ years of bariatric experience
  • Over 3,000 bariatric operations performed, both open and laparoscopic:
  • Organized the first fellowship devoted entirely to bariatric surgery
  • Hundreds of Awards, Honors and Publications »
  • Administrative leadership in bariatric surgery:
    • 2000-2001 President of American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
    • ASMBS Executive Council Member for 10+ years
    • ASMBS Committee Member for 25+ years
    • ASMBS Fellowship Training Committee
  • Academic leadership in bariatric surgery:
    • 80+ publications in medical journals
    • 150+ national/international lectures
    • 25 chapters in medical textbooks
    • 60 published abstracts
  • Research leadership in bariatric surgery:
    • Speaker 1991 National Institute of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Panel on Gastrointestonal Surgery for Severe Obesity
    • Cochairman ASMBS/NIH sponsored workshop on research considerations in bariatric surgery




  • DePauw University (1966 – 1970)
    Greencastle, IN
    Bachelor of Science in Premedical Science
  • University of Michigan School of Medicine (1970 – 1974)
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Doctor of Medicine

Postdoctoral Training

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (1974 – 1980)
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Surgical Resident


  • Teacher for entire 30+ year career
  • 20 years on full time faculty at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Preceptor for American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Original and active member of the ASMBS committee that designed the preceptorship program
  • Compiled the written examination for preceptees



University Medical Center at Priceton

  • Director of Bariatric Surgery (July 2003 – present)

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • Adjunct Professor of Surgery (7/9/2002 – present)

Rutgers University

  • Associate, Graduate Faculty Applied Human Nutrition/Dietetics (9/23/1992 – present)
  • Associate, Graduate Faculty Department of Engineering (7/1/1989 – present)

UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

  • Professor of Surgery (7/1/1989 – 9/30/2000)
  • Chief, Section of Gastrointestinal Surgery (7/1/1988 – 4/13/1999)
  • Associate Professor of Surgery (7/1/1984 – 6/30/1989)
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery (6/1/1980 – 6/30/1984)



  • Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
  • Society of University Surgeons (SUS)
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)



Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery #27341 (12/14/1981)
  • American Board of Surgery #27341 (1/8/1992 – recertified)
  • American Board of Surgery #27341 (12/16/2001 – recertified)

Medical Licensures

  • State of New Jersey #37406 (April 1980)



“I had gone to Dr. Brolin with a fear that he’d tell me I was too “High Risk”, but he didn’t. He takes on cases other surgeons may not be willing to risk. Of course, his many years of experience gives him the expertise to do surgeries on those patients who are higher risk.”
Norma Smullen, Manville, NJ

“After having done the research, I found that Dr. B was the best in the business. He is the “guru” of bariatric surgery. Not only does he do the surgery, but he cares enough about his patients to make time every month to attend and address the support group. He’s like part of our family. I highly recommend ANYONE that is considering bariatric surgery to attend his support group meetings to see how much he cares for his patients.”
Herb Singer, Matawan, NJ

“I had I had already researched and interviewed other surgeons and concluded that Dr. Brolin would be the best match before I even met him. His attention to detail and ready recall regarding another patient’s statistics gave me the emotional peace I needed. He obviously has an interest in his patients or he would not be so in touch with their specific outcomes.”
Jessica Kubilus, Manasquan, NJ

“Dr. Brolin performed gastric bypass surgery 25 years ago on two people that I know very well. When I first met Dr. Brolin, he actually remembered those patients, including details about there lives! At the support group meetings, I was impressed by how well he listened to everyone’s questions and answered them so thoroughly.”
Jill Hudes-Russin, Princeton, NJ

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