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Provider Profile: Andrew Lederman, MD, FACS, FASMBS, BMC Bariatric Surgeon

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With the New Year comes resolutions for many, and some involve improving your health through weight loss. But for many facing obesity and the chronic conditions that can accompany it, such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis or joint problems, among others, dieting may not be enough. Dr. Andrew Lederman is the Medical Director of the Berkshire Center for Weight Loss Surgery at BMC, and a highly skilled and experienced bariatric surgeon.
"I think our bariatric program is fairly unique and has proven to be successful for the more than 1,000 patients we've served throughout the Berkshires and Southern Vermont," said Dr. Lederman. "Our team focuses on success, and we concentrate on the spectrum of care that can help to ensure that the patient is ready for this dramatic change in their lives, emotionally and physically."
The BMC program begins with an online seminar for people interested in surgery, where Dr. Lederman discusses the options for bariatric surgery, including Gastric Bypass or Sleeve Gastrectomy, and the commitment required to not only lose the weight, but to maintain their new healthy regimen. When patients go forward with their decision to have surgery, there is a tremendous focus on teaching patients the skills necessary to be a success. "We think of weight loss surgery as a tool, and like any tool, it needs to be used the right way. So, unlike other operations, we have an entire program designed to teach you how to use that tool correctly" said Dr. Lederman.
"When a patient loses about half their excess weight, that's when we see many of their medical problems get better," he said. "Patients have been able to come off insulin and medications, their sleep apnea improves, blood pressure comes down and joints have less pressure, all of those problems that can be part of being obese."
A Boston native, Dr. Lederman came to the Berkshires in 2004 after serving with the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He serves as a site inspector for the American College of Surgeons, helping to certify other bariatric surgery centers at major hospitals around the country.
Dr. Lederman received his Medical Degree from the University of Virginia and completed his residency training at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. He is fellowship trained in minimally invasive surgery from Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Lederman also specializes in minimally invasive general, gastrointestinal and endoscopic surgery.
The online seminar for Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery at BMC is held the first Tuesday of each month in the evening, and registration can be made by calling 413-395-7510.

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Dalton on Search for New Fire Chief

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff
DALTON, Mass. — Chris Cachat will continue as acting fire chief as the Board of Water Commissioners determines its next steps. 
Cachat, the assistant chief, stepped in three weeks ago when James Peltier was placed on administrative leave. Peltier was fired last week for what the commissioners said were personnel complaints and for overspending his budget.
Commission Chair James Driscoll said at Tuesday's meeting it could take the department a couple of weeks to a couple of months to find a replacement. 
Hiring from outside the department search could take longer. 
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