Top NJ Bariatric Surgeons | Best Weight Loss Doctors in New Jersey

The best team of bariatric medicine doctors work at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA. Between six locations, six bariatric surgeons are available to deliver expert care in a compassionate, respectful way. The team, led by weight loss surgeon Dr. Ragui Sadek, has decades of training and experience to treat you for weight loss, esophageal disease or hernia complications. Call our weight loss expert surgeons today to schedule an initial consultation.

Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ (ASBNJ) has six bariatric centers in New Jersey, serving northern NJ, southern NY and eastern PA. Accordingly, the practice employs six expert bariatric surgery doctors, with decades of training and experience between them. The team includes:

  • Ragui Sadek, the founder of the practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), the flagship of the Rutgers RWJ Medical School, and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy at Rutgers School of Pharmacy
  • Michael Donaire, a laparoscopic surgical specialist who joined the practice in 2014
  • Lora Melman, a recognized bariatric surgery expert whose motto is: “Better, faster results through technology and technique”
  • Keith King, is board certified, fellowship trained, and da Vinci certified bariatric and minimally invasive surgeon
  • Chris Buchholz, is a board certified, fellowship trained robotic and laparoscopic bariatric and general surgeon.

These board-certified minimally invasive and robotic surgeons have trained at top hospitals in London, Egypt and across the US. If you’re looking for premier bariatric surgeons near me, you can find one in Somerset, Marlboro, Edison, Hamilton, Princeton or East Brunswick, NJ.

Internationally Recognized Bariatric Doctors

Dr. Sadek established one of the safest bariatric surgery programs in the state while serving a tri-state area. The doctors find the right solution to address your health issue through bariatric weight loss surgery, anti-reflux surgery, hernia surgery and more. Whether you’re ready for a surgical answer to obesity or acid reflux, turn to the compassionate surgeons at ASBNJ.

The bariatric surgeons at ASBNJ are recognized near and far due to the numerous articles they’ve authored in the field of bariatrics. Dr. Sadek is a widely sought-after source due to his publications, presentations and awards, and Dr. Melman wrote the chapter about hernias in The Washington Manual of Surgery. Drs. Donaire, King are leading bariatric surgeons who use cutting-edge techniques.

All these experienced surgeons are highly trained and well-versed in the latest technology, including robotic surgery. When you come in for a consultation, they listen to you tell your story and talk about your goals. Only then do they offer advice to help you achieve the state of health you desire. Compassion and respect rule our renowned weight loss surgeon’s behavior, as they get to witness your transformation.

NJ Bariatric Surgeons’ Publications and Presentations

In addition to contributing to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Dr. Sadek and company have published extensively, exhibiting their vast knowledge and understanding of the field of bariatric medicine. Highlights include:

  • Widely published in peer-reviewed literature on hernia mesh and biomaterials
  • International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
  • Journal of the American College of Surgeons
  • Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
  • Journal of Surgical Research
  • Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases

Presentations by the team include those delivered from 2006 through 2020 at prestigious meetings and conferences such as the:

  • World Congress of Endoscopic Surgery
  • Surgical Infection Society (SIS)
  • Society of Castro-Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)
  • Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery
  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG)
  • International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)
  • Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons

Dr. Sadek’s Notable Awards, Memberships, Certifications and Accomplishments

Dr. Ragui Sadek has earned distinctions from top professional organizations. Our bariatric doctors and surgeons including Dr. Sadek, have also been recognized across the world with awards and accolades, such as:

  • Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
  • The Leading Physicians of the World by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals
  • America’s Top Surgeons Award in Bariatric & Laparoscopic Surgery
  • America’s Top Surgeon and Patients’ Choice Award in NJ
  • New Jersey Top Doctor
  • Compassionate Doctor Award
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS) Fellow
  • Director of the Bariatric Center of Excellence at RWJU Hospital
  • Surgeon with Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System Certification
  • Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (CRSA) Membership
  • American Board of Surgery Certification
  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Certification
  • American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Membership
  • American Hernia Society Membership

And no list of Dr. Sadek’s achievement would be complete without his notable accomplishments as a doctor, teacher, researcher and leader as one of the top bariatric medicine doctors, including:

  • Clinical Trials Research Doctor
  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the RWJU Medical School
  • First surgeon in the United States to perform a Robotic Heller Myotomy Procedure
  • First surgeon in NJ to perform the Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) for acid reflux treatment
  • First surgeon in NJ to perform a Revisional Gastric Bypass Procedure
  • Established the first Laparoscopic Inguinal Hernia program at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Established the first Robotic Bariatric program at the RWJU and Central State Hospitals
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Dr. Melman’s Notable Experience and Achievements

Lora Melman, MD has credentials that stand on their own. Some she shares with Dr. Sadek; others she alone has accomplished. Highlights from her experience includes:

  • Board-Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Director of the Hernia Center of New Jersey
  • Minimally Invasive Bariatric & Robotic Surgeon
  • Surgeon with Da Vinci Robotic Surgical System Certification
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS) Fellow
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons Fellow
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist
  • Fellow in Advanced MIS, Bariatrics and Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Research Fellow
  • LINX, SAGES, Orbera, Overstitch and Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy (FUSE) Certifications

Dr. Melman is the author of numerous articles and has the knowledge and experience to help anyone in need of bariatric surgery doctors. Search for bariatric surgeons near me to find her at one of the five ASBNJ New Jersey offices. Or contact the practice to find the office nearest you.

This page was modified on Aug 30, 2022 by Dr. Sadek (Surgeon) of Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics
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