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Dr. Venkata Kella

Dr. Kella is the newest member of the bariatric team at NYU Winthrop Surgical Associates. Dr. Kella is a board-certified general surgeon with a specialization in minimally invasive/laparoscopic and robotic bariatric surgery. From a young age, Dr. Kella wanted to become a surgeon, inspired by his uncle and other family members who were doctors, but also because of the chance to use modern surgical technique to blend science and art to continually improve the lives of others. Dr. Kella passes on that knowledge to subsequent generations of surgeons as a clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Department of Surgery.

“Today, I continue to be amazed by the impact of quality medical care for patients with morbid obesity and associated co-morbid conditions. My path is one of continued learning, progress, and growth, and my philosophy includes individualized patient care, shared decision-making and thinking creatively—drawing on many experiences to come up with the best solution for each and every patient.” ~ Dr. Kella

Education and Training

Medical School: MD from Andhra Medical College
Residency: S Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Surgery
Advanced Fellowship Training: University Medical Center at Princeton, Surgery/Bariatric

Dr. Kella also received advanced training and fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He was given the 2018 clinical faculty teaching award from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Surgical Specialties

Dr. Kella performs a wide range of general and bariatric procedures using traditional laparoscopy or the da Vinci robotic surgical system. He performs the gastric sleeve/sleeve gastrectomy as well as the gastric bypass in qualifying patients. Beyond his bariatric practice, Dr. Kella also performs minimally invasive gallbladder removal, known as a cholecystectomy, as well as the management and repair of various hernias including inguinal hernias, femoral hernias, incisional hernias and umbilical hernias.

Other procedures Dr. Keller performs include:

  • Adjustable gastric band/lap band
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Surgery for the treatment of achalasia
  • Surgical treatment of Gerd or chronic acid reflux

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Publications and Clinical Trails

  • Laparoscopic Management Of An Internal Hernia In A Pregnant Woman With Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Kannan, Umashankkar; Gupta, Ranjan; Gilchrist, Brian F; Kella, Venkata N BMJ Case Reports. 2018 Apr 19; 2018:
  • Impact Of Complete Mesenteric Closure On Small Bowel Obstruction And Internal Mesenteric Hernia After Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass Brolin, Robert E; Kella, Venkata N Surgery For Obesity & Related Diseases. 2013 Nov-Dec; 9(6):850-4
  • Appendicitis, Is It An Emergency? Udgiri, Navalkishor; Curras, Ernesto; Kella, Venkata K; Nagpal, Kamal; Cosgrove, John American Surgeon. 2011 Jul ; 77(7):898-901

Dr. Kella sees patients at our Garden City, Huntington and Patchogue, Long Island offices.  Call today to make an appointment!

The Winthrop Surgical Weight Loss Program offers bariatric surgery to those suffering from obesity in Long Island, Queens, Brooklyn and all of New York. Our three dedicated weight loss surgeons and staff provide safe and effective solutions to excess weight and morbid obesity.

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700 Stewart Ave., Suite 200,
Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: (516) 663-1430
Fax: (516) 222-2442
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Suffolk County


157 East Woodside Ave.
Patchogue, New York 11772
Phone: (631) 475-1900
Fax: (631) 475-1955
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