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Barry Kaufman, M.D., F.A.C.G., C.N.S.P.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Kaufman began his career path when he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Brooklyn College. He attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed his internship at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, both in the Bronx. He earned a fellowship at the University of Miami School of Medicine and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. More recently, in 1997, he became a Certified Nutrition Support physician that acknowledges his specialized training and expertise in clinical nutrition.

Together with his colleagues at AGA, Dr. Kaufman was a co-investigator on over 100 clinical trials, assessing the effectiveness of emerging treatments for digestive and liver diseases. Current clinical trials for which he is the principle investigator include a promising new agent for the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C and new agents for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease. He has special interest and knowledge in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease), and was recognized as Physician of the Year by the Delaware Valley Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. In 2010 Philadelphia Magazine named Dr. Kaufman a “Top Doc” in gastroenterology in southern New Jersey Dr. Kaufman is one of only two physicians in the region who use endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and biopsy of lesions not accessible by routine gastrointestinal endoscopy.

Dr. Kaufman is currently coordinating the development of a Celiac Diagnostic Center at AGA, including organizing a support group for affected individuals.

Active in the medical community, Dr. Kaufman served as Chief of Gastroenterology at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for more than 30 years, and is currently an attending physician there. He is also on staff at Betty Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Kaufman is the founder and co-owner of ACCESS Surgicenter in Egg Harbor Township, where he performs outpatient endoscopic procedures.

Barry Kaufman

Gary A. Rosman, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F.

For over two decades, Gary A. Rosman, M.D. has been helping patients get relief from the symptoms of gastrointestinal disease.

He started on his career path with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Emory University and went on to earn his medical degree from New York Medical College. Dr. Rosman completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his fellowship at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Dr. Rosman served as chairman of the Department of Medicine of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center from January 1999 to December 2005.  He was elected president of ARMC’s medical staff in 2010. He was also appointed to AtlantiCare Health System’s board quality committee in 2008. The following year AtlantiCare earned the coveted Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, which was presented to AtlantiCare by Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. In 2011, Dr. Rosman was named chairman of the board quality committee.

Like his partners at AGA, Dr. Rosman has done extensive work in clinical trials, testing new therapies for pharmaceutical companies and new methods to diagnose and treat disease. Most recently he has worked on studies to evaluate therapies for active Crohn’s Disease, Active Ulcerative Colitis and Chronic Hepatitis C.

In his spare time Dr. Rosman remains active in the medical community. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Medical Association, the New Jersey State Medical Association, the American College of Gastroenterology, the Atlantic County Medical Society and a consultant in gastroenterology to Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital.

Gary A. Rosman

John J. Santoro, D.O. F.A.C.G., F.A.C.O.I.

John J. Santoro, D.O. views the patients at AGA as an extended family, which he calls ‘la famiglia.’ Whether you’ve been here once or a dozen times, Dr. Santoro enjoys getting to know, and helping, you—one of the reasons he became a physician.

He started his career in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree cum laude in biology from LaSalle University. He was ranked second in his class at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he earned his doctor of osteopathy degree. Dr. Santoro completed his internship at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital and his residency and fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry.

For the past 28 years, he’s had the role of teacher as well as physician, as Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry, New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Simultaneously, he has served as Director, Division of Gastroenterology at Shore Memorial Hospital with privileges also at AlantiCare Regional Medical Center and the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, positions he still holds today.

Dr. Santoro also is an avid researcher, with over 100 clinical studies to his credit. Published in medical journals, he is a recognized leader in diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. South Jersey Magazine named Dr. Santoro one of the top docs.

John J. Santoro

Joseph L. Spaar, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F.

Joseph L. Spaar, M.D. has dedicated most of his career to studying gastrointestinal disease. He has been with AGA for over 30 years and has completed more than 100 different clinical research studies. Study topics range from Crohn's Disease to Hepatitis C, erosive esophagitis, heartburn and sleep disturbances. In this way, he remains on the leading edge of these and other disorders.

A graduate of Temple University Medical School, Dr. Spaar did his internship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. After serving time in the military as Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service, he completed his residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Spaar is board-certified and fellowship trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

He is an active attending physician at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and a consultant in gastroenterology at Shore Memorial Hospital and Betty Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital.

Joseph L. Spaar

Melissa A. Verrengia, M.D.

A graduate of UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Dr. Melissa Verrengia completed her internship and residency in internal medicine and her fellowship in gastroenterology at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. She is a member of the Delaware Valley Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American College of Gastroenterology, and the American Gastroenterological Association. Dr. Verrengia is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The Philadelphia resident has studied the connection between gender and gastroparesis (a condition where stomach emptying is delayed). That, and her other research, has garnered her special honors, including the Sol Sherry Undergraduate Research Award from Temple University Hospital and the Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Award from New York University, New York, NY. Her specialty is liver disease and women's nutrition.

Joseph L. Spaar

Nikhilesh Dhansuklal Mehta, M.D., F.A.C.G.

Nikhilesh Dhansuklal Mehta, MD, chose the Yale School of Medicine for his specialty training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine at the Yale-New Haven Program and completed a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Yale-Danbury Program. He also did a second fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate Hospital.

After Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehta served as attending physician for Southern Ocean County Hospital (SOCH). During that time, which covered a span of more than two decades, Dr. Mehta was Chief of Gastroenterology, a member of the Patient Care Committee and also chairman of the Committee of Pharmacy and Therapeutics at SOCH.

Currently, Dr. Mehta is a consulting physician for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. He remains active in the community, spearheading education programs on topics from hepatitis awareness to colorectal cancer screening. He also takes time out of his busy schedule to counsel high school students on medical careers. An avid learner, Dr. Mehta keeps up with the latest techniques and research through continuing education. He holds board certifications in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

Dr. Mehta is now seeing patients exclusively at 1145 Beacon Ave., Mannahawkin, NJ 08050 and 72 Jimmie Leeds Road, Pomona, NJ 08201.

Dr. Mehta