Dr. Joseph Kamelgard, MD is a general surgery doctor who practices in Toms River, NJ. He is 55 years old and has been practicing for 27 years. Dr. Kamelgard is affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center- Southern Campus.
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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.
Dr. Kamelgard's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Kamelgard's Board Certifications
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Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Head and Neck Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Gastric Bypass Surgery
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for New Jersey.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
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Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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
Media & Publications
Dr. Kamelgard has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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