Meet Dr. Mehta


 
HUMBLE BEGINNINGS

Dr. Vishal Mehta is a Advanced Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Surgery, and founder of the Mehta Bariatric Center.  He runs a busy practice in New Jersey; however, he started with more humble beginnings.  Vishal was born in India in 1970. His mother was a school teacher and his father worked for the airlines. He was raised in a 400 sq. ft. apartment, along with his brother. When he was 9 years old, his parents decided to move to America searching for a brighter future for their children. They moved to New York where his parents did odd jobs for several years to make ends meet. Growing up, they instilled in him strong family values, a thirst for education, and respect for human dignity.

In 1992, Vishal received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the prestigious Stony Brook University in New York. He received his Medical Degree in 1996 from New York Medical College, and completed a residency in General Surgery at New York Methodist hospital in 2001. Often working up to 110 hours a week for 5 years, Vishal (now Dr. Mehta) gained vast exposure to general surgery, trauma, vascular, thoracic, plastic, and bariatric surgery.

Dr. Mehta decided to pursue a career as a Bariatric Surgeon after witnessing the tremendous benefit these surgeries had on the lives of his patients. Patients would routinely lose over a hundred pounds and be cured of their diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint & back pain, high cholesterol, and a long list of medical illnesses caused by obesity. Their social lives would completely transform as well.  People would become free of the weight burden and would live active lives engaging with their friends and families. No other field offered this level of satisfaction. No other field had this level of human impact.
In 2002, Dr. Mehta became amongst the first fellowship trained bariatric surgeons in the United States. He founded the Mehta Bariatric Center, dedicating his time and focus on the treatment of obesity.  Subsequently, he has performed more than 5000 procedures and more than 1500 weight loss surgeries.  His technical skills and dedication as a laparoscopic bariatric surgeon has gained him a reputation amongst his peers.

Dr. Mehta has served as Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and Director of Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center.  He holds affiliations at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center; and is licensed to practice medicine & surgery in NY and NJ.
Dr. Mehta’s focus has always been about more than surgery. His greatest satisfaction comes from watching his patients’ lives transform as they start discovering a whole new world and the possibilities life offers. He makes sure his patients are staying motivated, eating healthy, changing undesired patterns, exercising, and more than anything… enjoying life. He not only pushes others to become healthier, he lives by what he preaches.

 

OFFICES HELD

Chief of Bariatric Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital (2003-04)
Director of Bariatric Surgery at Raritan Bay Medical Center (2005-07)

 

BARIATRIC SURGERY (All Bariatric Surgery is performed laparoscopically)

Single Incision Lap-Band® / Realize-Band®
Laparoscopic Lap-Band® / Realize-band®
Sleeve Gastrectomy
RNY Gastric Bypass
Laparoscopic and Robotic Revision Surgery
Gastric Band over Gastric Bypass
ENDOSCOPIC SURGERY
Stomaphyx® Procedure: Endoscopic Incision-less reduction of stomach pouch
Overstitch® Procedure: Endoscopic Incision-less reduction of stomach pouch

 

Revision Surgeries for the following:

Vertical Banded Gastroplasty
Horizontal Gastroplasty
Mason’s Loop Gastric Bypass
Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Fobi-pouch
Marginal ulcers
Jejuno-Ileal Bypass
Non-adjustable Gastric Band
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band

 

ENDOSCOPY

Upper GI Endoscopy
Stomaphyx Procedure: Incision-less Endoscopic Revision of Gastric Pouch
Endoscopic Balloon Dilation of Gastric strictures
Endoscopic Fibrin Glue Injection of Gastric Leaks and Fistulas

 

GENERAL ABDOMINAL SURGERY

Dr. Mehta is a board certified general surgeon, and offers a vast variety of cases, which he performs laparoscopically.  These include the following:
MICROSURGERY
GALLBLADDER
ACID REFLUX (GERD), HIATAL HERNIA
VENTRAL HERNIA
INGUINAL HERNIA
UMBILICAL HERNIA
FEMORAL HERNIAS
INCISIONAL HERNIA
MESENTERIC HERNIA
DIAGNOSTIC LAPAROSCOPY
SURGERY FOR ADHESIONS
STOMACH SURGERY
SMALL INTESTINE SURGERY
COLON SURGERY
APPENDIX REMOVAL
ADRENAL GLAND
SPLEEN

 

EDUCATION

UNDERGRADUATE (Bachelor of Science, Majoring in Biochemistry)
State University of New York at Stony Brook (1988 – 1992)

MEDICAL SCHOOL
New York Medical College, NY (1992 – 1996)

GENERAL SURGERY INTERNSHIP AND RESIDENCY
New York Methodist Hospital (1996 – 2001)

BARIATRIC / LAPAROSCOPIC SURGERY FELLOWSHIP
St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ (2001 – 2002)
Under Past President, American Society of Bariatric Surgery
& Past President, Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Somerset Medical Center
St. Barnabas Medical Center
Raritan Bay Medical Center

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Participated in teaching surgical fellows Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery, Saint Peter’s University Hospital: Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgery Program

 

PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

  1. Mehta M, Mehta V, Ortiz J: Characteristics of Lynch Syndrome with clarification of risk factors and appropriate management. Contemporary Surgery Jan/Feb, pp 9-12, 1997
  2. Gorecki P, Schein M, Mehta V, Wise L: Surgeons and infectious disease specialists- different attitude towards common surgical infections. Surgical Infections, 2000;115-123
  3. Mehta V:  Potentiation of inductive effects of phenobarbital on cytochrome p450 by cannabidiol. Annual Biochemistry Conference, SUNY Stony Brook 1992
  4. Mehta V: Quantitative measurement of peripheral neuropathy in dialysis dependent patients.  Annual Nephrology Conference, SUNY Stony Brook 1992
  5. Mehta V: Use of alpha interferon for treating chronic myelogenous leukemia in pregnancy.  High Risk Obstetric Conference, Westchester County Medical Center,1996
  6. Mehta V: Optimal Nutrition for Intensive Care Unit Patients.
  7. Surgical Conference, Dept. of Surgery, Westchester County Medical Center, 1996
  8. Mehta V: The role of extra-anatomical surgical renal revascularization in patients with aneurysmal degeneration of reverse saphenous vein grafts after aorto-renal bypass for occlusive disease.  The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997
  9. Mehta V: Femoral artery thrombosis: Complications of vascular hemostatic device – Vasoseal.  The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997
  10. Mehta V:  Frey Syndrome: A complication of carotid endarterectomy
  11. The 83rd Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, New Orleans, LA 1997
  12. Mehta V: Leg contracture as a complication of subfascial endoscopic perforator vein surgery (SEPS).  The 84th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, Orlando, FL 1998
  13. Mehta V: The significance of routine postoperative 12-lead EKG changes and creatine kinase (CK-MB) elevation in patients with major vascular surgery.
  14. The 84th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, Orlando, FL 1998
  15. Mehta V: Kasabach Merritt Syndrome: Hemangioma with unfavorable prognosis.
  16. The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999
  17. Mehta V: Tubo-ovarian abscess presenting as bilateral incarcerated femoral hernia.
  18. The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999
  19. Mehta V: A short cut to pulmonary venous pressure measurements & literature review.  Internal jugular catheterization – An anomaly!
  20. The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999
  21. Mehta V: Lemierre Syndrome: An old disease in a new millennium.
  22. The 85th Annual Clinical Congress, ACS, San Francisco, CA 1999
  23. Mehta V: Functional Aspects of Bariatric Surgery for the Young Surgeon.  Grand Rounds, Saint Peters University Hospital, March 2002
  24. Mehta V, Andrei V:  Antecolic / Antegastric approach to Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.  A safe alternative.  Annual Clinical Congress, SAGES, New Orleans, LA 2002
  25. Koren J, Brolin R, Mehta V:  Complications of routine use of drains in Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.  20th annual meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, Boston, MA, June 2003
  26. Mehta V:  Invited speaker; Review and Update of Gastric Bypass Surgery, Bayonne Medical Center, October 2003
  27. Mehta V:  Update on Bariatric Surgery, Grand Rounds for Department of Medicine at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, January 2004
  28. Mehta V:  Aspects of Gastric Bypass. Invited Speaker for New Jersey Dietetic Association, April 2004
  29. Kowalski C, Mehta V, Brolin R:  Use of Fibrin Glue as Treatment of Leaks in Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass.  21st annual meeting of the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, San Diego, CA, June 2004
  30. Ebert E, Mehta V, Das K:  Activation Antigens on Colonic T Cells in Inflammatory Bowel Disease:  Effects of IL-10.  Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 2004
  31. Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Bariatric Program Startup, Raritan Bay Medical Center, June 2004
  32. Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Weight Loss Surgery, Health and Wellness Fair, Edison, NJ, November 2004
  33. Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Bariatric Surgery, Bridges Club at Raritan Bay Medical Center, May 2005
  34. Mehta V: Invited Speaker; Update in Bariatric Surgery, American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, New Jersey, June 2005
  35. Mehta V: Invited speaker; Update in Bariatric Surgery, Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Raritan Bay Medical Center, New Jersey, Sept 2005
  36. Ebert E, Mehta V: Human intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes keep TNF-alpha levels low by cell uptake and feedback inhibition of transcription. Cellular Immunology 241, 2006nscription. Cellular Immunology 241, 2006