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Brian N. Sabowitz, MD
In 2009, Brian N. Sabowitz, M.D., joined New Dimensions Weight Loss Surgery in San Antonio to begin developing one of the first comprehensive medically supervised weight management programs in the country.
Using state-of-the-art techniques in both surgical and medical weight loss, New Dimensions
offers the greatest chance at successful, long-term control of the chronic disease of obesity.
Doctor Sabowitz (or "Doctor B" as the new Dimensions team calls him) began his professional career not as a physician but as an engineer.
From Boston University, he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in Bio-medical Engineering.
undergraduate and graduate research involved the study of electrical pathways in the inner ear responsible for the transmission of sound to the brain.
This work was one of the precursors to the development of Cochlear Implants, which allow many people with congenital deafness to enjoy a life of hearing.
Upon graduation, he moved to Houston where he accepted a position as a Project Engineer at the Johnson Space Center.
designed and tested spaceflight hardware used in life-science experiments aboard NASA's space shuttle fleet.
Doctor Sabowitz had the opportunity to experience weightlessness first hand by testing hardware in Parabolic Flight on NASA's KC-135 aircraft (also known as the "Vomit Comet").
He enjoyed flying so much that he applied to and entered into the pilot training program through the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
To meet the physical fitness requirements prior to entering the program, Doctor Sabowitz lost 40 pounds.
However, despite constant efforts, he
struggled to maintain his
weight and was eventually forced to abandon his
dream of being a fighter pilot.
In 1992, Doctor Sabowitz decided to return to school and began his medical education at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
It was there that he
wife, Cathy, whom he
married in 1994.
After medical school, Doctor Sabowitz moved to Phoenix, where he completed a residency program in Internal Medicine culminating with his Board Certification in 1999.
then opened an Internal Medicine practice in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where he
remained until relocating to San Antonio in the summer of 2009.
In 2005, Doctor Sabowitz decided to undergo Gastric Bypass Surgery.
"It changed my life.
In fact, it gave me my life back."
Realizing that some patients did not meet the requirements for surgery for weight loss or simply could not afford it, Doctor Sabowitz founded the Arizona Medical Weight Loss Clinic to offer patients an alternative to surgical weight loss and to help those who underwent surgery to optimize their results.
In 2007, Doctor Sabowitz enlisted the help of the City of Lake Havasu to do a trial study.
ran 10 patients through his
weight loss program for one year.
The results were stunning.
Health insurance claims dropped by 50%.
Absenteeism dropped by 50%.
Medication use dropped by 50-75%.
Even though Doctor Sabowitz continues his practice with New Dimensions in San Antonio, he has returned to the Air National Guard in Arizona, this time not as a pilot but as a physician.