Thinking about bariatric surgery? Is it the right option for you? Sign up for our free info session with Dr. Matthew McDonald of Capital Bariatrics, A Capital Cardiology Associates Practice.
Our next session is Wednesday, December 8th at 6 PM in our 7 Southwoods Blvd. office in Albany. Call (518) 641-6580 to sign up. Begin your journey.

Dr. Matthew D. McDonald


Dr. Matt McDonald brings a wealth of experience to Capital Cardiology. While at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, he served as an associate professor of surgery. He was responsible for the training and development of future surgeons.


As a bariatric surgeon, since 2008, Dr. McDonald typically performs between 150-200 bariatric cases each year. He has been the director of three bariatric programs and is licensed in New York and Vermont. Dr. McDonald is also board certified by the American Board of Surgery. Cumulatively, along with his team, he has successfully helped his patients lose tens of thousands of pounds paving the way for healthier and happier lives. Dr. McDonald started his bariatric career when he was appointed as Chief of General and Bariatric Surgery at Keller Army Community Hospital in 2008. He chose Bariatrics because it wasn’t a “quick fix” when it came to his patients. He was able to take the time and get to know each patient as a person, understand them, and devise an individualized care program that best set them up for success. Each patient typically consults with Dr. McDonald several times prior to surgery. This is a necessary step in the care process. It is an opportunity to build a relationship that is the foundation of success. For Dr. McDonald, surgery is only the first step in a long-term relationship. From your initial appointment, you are welcomed into the Capital Bariatric family where your care is tailored to your individual needs.


Many patients have credited Dr. McDonald with saving their lives, but he does not see it that way, He sees this
as the beginning of their journey. He is always asking, “what’s next?”. Dr. McDonald serves as a lifelong health
partner with regular follow-ups for each patient. From the first consultation, trust and accountability are the cornerstones of his relationships with patients. His belief in the “what’s next?” theory is evident with his patients. When one goal is met, “what’s next?” is a positive and supportive way of targeting the next goal. Your journey begins here.


Who is a Good Candidate for Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery maybe an option if you have:


• A body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more.


•  A BMI of 35 or more with serious health related co-morbidities associated with obesity including: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac disease, high cholesterol, sleep apnea.

    Bariatric surgery could be an option for you if:


    • Your body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher.

    • Your BMI is 35 to 39.9 (obesity), and you have a serious weight-related health problem, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea.


    Get In Touch

    Contact us to find out the if bariatric surgery is right for you. 


    Call Us

    (518) 641-6580


    7 Southwoods Blvd, Albany, NY 12211


    8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, MONDAY-FRIDAY

    The Why of Bariatric Surgery.

    Bariatric surgery is used to help patients lose excess body weight that increases the risk of health complications after diet and exercise modifications have not produced desired results.

    What is Bariatric Surgery?

    Bariatric or weight loss surgery is the common name referring to these minimally invasive procedures that Dr McDonald performs. Weight loss surgeries include: Roux en Y gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and duodenal switch.


    Weight-loss surgery can help you lose weight and improve many health problems related to obesity.These health problems include:

    • type 2 diabetes

    • high blood pressure NIH external link

    • heart disease NIH external link

    • unhealthy cholesterol levels

    • sleep apnea

    • urinary incontinence

    • knee, hip, or other body pain

    Source: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 

    Weight-loss surgery also may be an option to consider if you have serious health problems related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes or sleep apnea. Weight-loss surgery can improve many of the medical conditions linked to obesity, especially type 2 diabetes.


    For people with severe obesity, weight-loss surgery can extend years of life.

    You may be better able to move around and be physically active after surgery. You might also notice your mood improve and feel like your quality of life is better. As an added benefit, you may be able to take fewer prescription medications as you move into a healthier weight, which can reduce the cost burden.