Our Faculty


Dr. Merchant
Dr. Chokshi
Dr. Brown

Aziz M. Merchant, MD, FACS

Associate Professor (Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery)

Ravi Chokshi, MD

Assistant Professor (Robotics and Surgical Oncology)

Lloyd Brown, MD

Assistant Professor

(Liver and Pancreas)

Dr. Patel
Dr. Sambol

Vlad Bargman, M.D.

Assistant Professor

(Urology and Robotics)

Nitin Patel, M.D.

Assistant Professor

(Urology and Robotics)


Associate Professor

(Cardiothoracic and Robotics)

Assistant Professor

(Thoracic and Robotics)

Subhashini Ayloo, MD, MPH, FACS

Associate Professor Director of Robotic & Minimally Invasive HPB Surgery



Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery and Laparoscopy allows a surgeon to perform complex operations within the human body through multiple small incisions less than an inch long and utilizing advanced camera and instrument technology. Patients who undergo minimally invasive operations often recover faster, spend less time in the hospital, have less postoperative pain, and return to work earlier than patients who undergo traditional “open” surgery, while achieving the same or greater level of effectiveness. Minimally invasive techniques can also be employed through robotic surgery, which utilizes a technologically advanced, surgeon-controlled robot (the da Vinci®system) to perform complex operations through small incisions. Our surgeons have the latest in Robotic technology available to them. In fact, a majority of the common and complex operations in the abdomen and chest are now carried out using minimally invasive technology and/or robotics.


The surgeons and staff of the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery at New Jersey Medical School are committed to advancing this field through comprehensive clinical excellence, surgical education, and translational research. Our Minimally Invasive Surgery and Robotics team is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality treatment using the most advanced surgical techniques available in medicine today.

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Some of the conditions that we treat include:

1. Hernia
  • Groin Hernia
  • Ventral and Incisional Hernia
  • Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
  • Complex Hernia Center


2.Esophagus and Stomach

  • Heartburn and Reflux
  • Hiatal and Paraesophageal Hernia
  • Swallowing Difficulties
  • Achalasia
  • Revisional Surgeries
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer


3. Gallbladder

  • Gallstones
  • Dyskinesia
  • Cancer


4. Chest and Lung

  • Benign disease and Cancer


5. Pancreas

  • Benign disease
  • Pseudocyst
  • Cancer

6. Liver

  • Benign liver tumors
  • Biopsy
  • Radiofrequency and Microwave Tumor Surgery
  • Liver Cancer


7. Colon and Small Bowel

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Colostomy creation and reversal
  • Diverticulitis
  • Benign Colon disease
  • Cancer


8. Urologic

  • Prostate
  • Bladder
  • Kidney
  • Reconstruction


9. Adrenal and Spleen

  • Benign tumors and cancer