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Dr. Lora Melman, MD, FACS, FASMBS

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Dr. Melman is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at RWJ Medical school, and in addition to being one of the most experienced female bariatric surgeons in the Northeast, is the Director of the Hernia Program at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics. Dr. Melman has been performing advanced minimally invasive surgeries in practice since 2014, including surgery for weight loss, acid reflux, and hernias of all types. She has achieved the designation of Surgeon of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, as well as Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, and Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery from the Surgical Review Corporation.


Dr. Melman has worked together with Dr. Sadek to create the Hernia Center of New Jersey, and to employ New Jersey’s premier Fast-Track Surgery program for patients undergoing weight loss surgery, anti-reflux surgery, and Hernia surgery. Multimodal postoperative pain management reduces surgical recovery time and hastens return to normal activity. It also reduces the amount of narcotic pain medications that patients require, often to the point where patients take no narcotics at all after surgery.


Dr. Melman has also conducted extensive research in the area of biomaterials (hernia meshes) for all types of abdominal wall and diaphragmatic hernias. She is a nationally-recognized expert in this area. Her expertise in the proper selection and use of biomaterials and ongoing commitment to excellence provides patients with a tailored approach to a durable, definitive hernia repair. The techniques she uses are directly learned from world-renowned Hernia experts and benefit the full range of patients from those seeking a first-time repair to those with complex hernias requiring Abdominal Wall Reconstruction.

Experience and Achievements

Dr. Melman has credentials that stand on their own. Some she has achieved with the mentorship of Dr. Sadek, others she alone has accomplished. Highlights from her experience include:

  • Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
  • Surgeon of Excellence in Robotic Surgery
  • Surgeon of Excellence in Hernia Surgery
  • Master Surgeon in Hernia Surgery
  • Director of The Hernia Center of New Jersey at Advanced Surgical & Bariatrics of NJ, PA
  • American College of Surgeons (FACS) fellow
  • American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS) fellow
  • American Hernia Society Membership
  • LINX, SAGES, Orbera, Overstitch, and FUSE Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery Certification
  • New Jersey Top Doctor

Her motto is: “Better Faster through Technology and Technique.”

5.0 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ I feel great with no issues

This is my appreciation for Dr. Melman. I think she did an outstanding job. I had a hernia on one side 20 years ago, and after getting out of surgery that was performed by a different doctor, it hurt worse than when I went in for several weeks after. Recently, I had a hernia on the other side and Dr. Melman did the surgery and when I woke up I was not in any pain. I felt as though I never even had the surgery and now two months later, I feel great with no issues and it’s as if I never had surgery. She was recommended to me by a New Brunswick Police Officer and now I highly recommend her as well! Her office is quick and efficient, within minutes she greeted me and I was in and out with no wait. She did an excellent job, an A1+ for her professionalism and workmanship.

Joe R.
Dr Sadek

Dr. Ragui Sadek is a premier surgeon who established a state-of-the-art and one of the safest bariatric surgery programs in the state. Dr. Sadek has fellowship training in both laparoscopic/bariatric surgery and surgical trauma/critical care, allowing him to safely perform complex surgeries on patients who have been turned down by other practices. As a Clinical Assistant Professor of surgery at RWJ Medical School & the Director of bariatric surgery program at RWJ University Hospital, Dr. Sadek offers a cutting-edge range of laparoscopic, robotic, & bariatric surgical procedures with a complication rate substantially below the national average.

Dr. Sadek is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Having performed more than three thousand advanced surgical procedures, Dr. Sadek has established a strong patient satisfaction rate and a solid reputation among the surgical community and is renowned as a top physician in his field by International Association of Healthcare Professionals. As a board-certified surgeon, he holds affiliations with the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Society of American Gastro Endoscopic Surgeons. More about Dr. Sadek

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