Dr. Joseph Kamelgard, MD

Dr. Joseph Kamelgard, MD

General Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 56
Dr. Joseph Kamelgard, MD is a general surgery specialist in Toms River, NJ and has been practicing for 20 years. He graduated from Technion Israel Institute of Technology in 1990 and specializes in general surgery.

111 W Water St

Toms River, NJ 08753

Contact Information

(469) 706-9230

Insurance Accepted

  • Amerihealth
  • EmblemHealth
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • QualCare

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Top Care Areas

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Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
very high
more than 99% of peers
Wound Repair
very high
more than 95% of peers
very high
more than 89% of peers

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Care Philosophy

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."
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1  Specialties

  • General Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*

2  Conditions Treated

4  Procedures

  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
  • Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Kamelgard's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Kamelgard to family and friends
9 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (9)

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Dr. Kamelgard's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    16 to 30 minutes

Patient Comments (1)

I saw Dr Kamelguard on 7/20/2016 at Derm One in Freehold to remove a Cancer Spot on my face. I thought he was a super cool guy! He was easy to talk to and he explained everything ! He took his time! My spot was very deep and I had to go get a second cut then he stiched me up. He sews like my...more
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