Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jun 27, 2013
Contact : Randi Russell, Marketing Specialist, Southern Ocean Medical Center  
609-978-8900, ext 2317

Southern Ocean Medical Center welcomes colon and rectal surgeon


Manahawkin, NJ - Southern Ocean Medical Center is proud to announce the appointment of Howard M. Ross, M.D., FACS, FASCRS, to its medical staff. Dr. Ross is board certified in colon and rectal surgery, and general surgery. He is a clinical associate professor of surgery at UMDNJ, and is the Director of Colon and Rectal Oncology for Meridian Health.

Dr. Ross received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction in research. He completed an integrated residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut, and was fellowship trained in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and colon and rectal surgery at Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts.

Dr. Ross is an expert in laparoscopic approaches to colon and rectal disease, and has been an advocate for minimally invasive surgery by teaching surgeons throughout the United States various laparoscopic techniques. He was rated a “Top Doctor” in colon and rectal surgery by Inside Jersey magazine and the Top Doctors: New York Metro Area list from 2009 to 2012. Dr. Ross’ surgical expertise focuses on diseases and conditions such as colon and rectal cancer, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, hemorrhoids, ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse and fecal incontinence.

Dr. Ross’ practice is located in suite 307 of the Medical Arts Pavilion at Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin. Appointments can be made by calling 609-978-3910.

About Southern Ocean Medical Center

Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin is a member of the Meridian Health family, which includes Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and most recently, Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel.  

Southern Ocean Medical Center is home to a wide range of clinical services and programs specializing in cardiovascular and stroke care, maternity and women's health, orthopedics and joint health, bariatric surgery, and wellness and prevention programs.  

Part of Meridian Cancer Care, Southern Ocean Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer services, including radiation oncology, surgery, and clinical trials, and is connected to specialized programs and services throughout Meridian Health. For more information, visit