New Jersey State Chapter

Incorporated May 2007

Mission Statement

As a state chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, our mission is to decrease the burden of obesity and its related diseases in New Jersry. We consider the care of obesity as an integral part of essential medical care and should be available to all New Jersey residents suffering from obesity. Our purpose is to:

  • Increase the awareness of obesity, its complications and impact on society.
  • Continually educate our peers and the public regarding treatment of obesity.
  • Ensure that public policy, officials, and legislators appreciate and safeguard patients’ right to obesity care.
  • Provide and ensure that there is access to care for obesity, and that patients’ rights to care are protected.
  • Effectively and safely treat patients suffering from obesity, through best practices and standardization of care with the members of our State society.

Executive Officers

President: Prakash Paragi, MD MS
Vice President: Open
Treasurer/Secretary: Brendan O’Connell, MD
Past Presidents: Saniea Majid, MD FACS ABOM FASMBS; Alexander Onopchenko, MD FACS; Naveen Ballem, MD FACS FASMBS; Michael Bilof, MD FACS FASMBS; Muhammad Feteiha, MD FACS
Executive Director: Andrea Donelan
Integrated Health Chair: Open
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Open
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Open

Board Members

Alexander Onopochenko, MD
Michael Bilof, MD

Members at Large

Samuel Wasser, MD
Channing Chin, MD

Contact Info

Andrea Donelan, Executive Director
36 Elm Street, Suite 5
Morristown, NJ 07960
Phone: (973) 539‐4000
Fax: (973) 539-9493

Chapter Meetings

No chapter meetings are scheduled at this time.

Chapter Updates

  • Publicized the ASMBS Foundation Virtual Obesity Walk 2020.
  • Notified members of COVID19 updates.
  • The membership is kept abreast of important state and national legislative matters via blast e-mail and fax.

Support Groups

  • Each hospital hosts support groups. Individual practices also host support groups.

Advocacy Information