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This content was provided by Dr. Kamelgard "Joseph I. Kamelgard, MD, FACS is one of the most well known New Jersey gastric bypass surgeons. Dedicating his practice exclusively to surgery for morbidly obese patients, Dr. Kamelgard offers a bloodless, multi-disciplinary approach to bariatric surgery. This approach, coupled with Dr. Kamelgard s emphasis on short-term and long-term patient care enhances the likelihood of success. Dr. Kamelgard and everyone at Lighter for Life are committed to providing the highest-quality care with empathy and support. Patient satisfaction is of absolute importance to our practice, and we strive to ensure that each bariatric surgery patient meets his or her individual health goals. ** Dr. Joseph Kamelgard s scientific education and medical training has spanned nearly 25 years, making him one of the most experienced New Jersey gastric bypass surgeons available. He holds two Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Boston University College of Engineering and in Interdisciplinary Biological and Physical Sciences from Touro College. He received his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel, and he graduated Cum Laude (top 5%) in his class. Following the completion of his M.D., Dr. Kamelgard completed a one-year internship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and a five-year General Surgery Residency at Allgheny University of the Health Sciences (formerly Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University Hospital). He has also received additional training in Cardiothoracic Surgery Research and Minimally Invasive Surgery by completing two one-year Fellowships in each. Dr. Kamelgard now applies his extensive medical training to the practice of bariatric surgery in his New Jersey office.** In addition to extensive medical training, Dr. Joseph Kamelgard has held several influential medical positions. He has served as Director of the Center for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Videosurgery, the Obesity Treatment Center, and Laparoscopic Surgery at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He has also served as Director of the Surgical Residency Mentorship Program, and as Chief of the Division of Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Kamelgard now focuses primarily on providing bariatric surgery to New Jersey and New York metropolitan area patients suffering from the effects of morbid obesity.** Dr. Kamelgard is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), and a member of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO), the American Obesity Association (AOA), the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (SLS), and the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS). He has also received extensive awards and praise from both the academic and medical communities. In 1998-2001 he was the recipient of the American Medical Association s Physician s Recognition Award.' Dr. Kamelgard is often sought by the press, may be seen or heard giving health interviews on television and radio, and has numerous medical publications.** It is important that expert, skilled gastric bypass surgeons perform your surgery. Please contact Dr. Joseph Kamelgard and Lighter for Life in New Jersey today for more information about bariatric surgery."
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Gastric Bypass Surgery
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Technion Israel Institute Of Technology
Medical School | Graduated 1990
Med College Pa
Internship Hospital | Completed 1992
Allegheny University Of Health Science
Residency Hospital | Completed 1997
Baylor College Of Med
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1998
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
DuPont Pharmaceuticals / American College of Chest Physicians Young Investigator Award, 1994
Graduated Medical School “Cum Laude”, 1990
American Medical Association – Physician’s Recognition Award, 2001
The First Annual SURGICEL Absorbable Hemostat Clinical Paper Award, 1996
M.D. thesis Award of Excellence, 1990
Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques - Excellence Award for Residents and Fellows, 1998
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons Resident Achievement Award, 1997
Pennsylvania Association for Thoracic Surgery Resident Research Award, 1994
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