Overlook Medical Center’s bariatric and general surgery departments were rated among the top in the nation by the consumer healthcare rankings group, Healthgrades, said New Jersey Bariatric Center founder and director Ajay Goyal, MD, FACS, who is also Director of Bariatric Surgery and Associate Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at Overlook Medical Center.

Overlook was the only hospital in New Jersey to be named one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™ in 2017 and was in the top 5% in the nation for both general and bariatric surgery. The hospital was also awarded the Bariatric Surgery and General Surgery Excellence awards, in addition to being recognized for superior performance in Bariatric Surgery and as a Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery.

“Our outstanding outcomes in bariatric and general surgery are a testament to the experience and high standard of care at every level at Overlook Medical Center,” said Dr. Goyal, a board-certified general surgeon and fellowship trained bariatric surgeon. “Our patients who choose to entrust their care to the surgeons and staff at Overlook can be confident in our commitment to their health and well-being.”

Atlantic Health Weight and Wellness Center at Overlook Medical Center is accredited by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program — a joint accreditation program between the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Dr. Goyal was influential in Overlook’s gaining accreditation by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and subsequent re-designation.

Below is a complete list of Overlook Medical Center’s awards in bariatric and general surgery from Healthgrades for 2017:


  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for General Surgery™


  • Bariatric Surgery Excellence Award
  • Superior Performance in Bariatric Surgery
  • Top 5% of Hospitals Evaluated for Bariatric Surgery
  • Five-Star Recipient for Overall Bariatric Surgery


  • General Surgery Excellence Award
  •  Top 5% in the Nation for General Surgery
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    New Jersey Bariatric Center®, a medical & surgical weight loss center with offices in Springfield, Somerset, Hoboken, East Brunswick, Hackettstown and Sparta, New Jersey, helps patients achieve long-term weight loss success through the most advanced bariatric surgery procedures, including gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, gastric band and gastric balloon procedures. Led by the team of Drs. Ajay Goyal, James Buwen, Tina Thomas and Michael Fastiggi, New Jersey Bariatric Center®’s approach to patient care has resulted in zero mortalities and a complication rate that is lower than the national average.

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