Press Release

For Immediate Release
Jul 30, 2014
Contact : Donna Sellmann, Public Relations Manager  
(732) 840-3279

Southern Ocean Medical Center Hosts National Live Surgical Training Session

Surgeons travel to NJ to attend educational program at hospital’s Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery  

Manahawkin, NJ - Doctors from across the nation converged on Southern Ocean Medical Center to learn how to perform lap band surgery from some of Meridian’s top surgeons. While Jonathan Reich, M.D. was in the operating room performing lap band procedures, a special video stream projected the cases into one of the conference rooms at the hospital, where the physicians could watch real-time. The medical director of the Bariatric Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center, Karl Strom, M.D., was with the physicians to explain each step of the procedure and answer questions.
“Feedback from the doctors was excellent,” says Dr. Strom. “The two cases were very complex and the surgeons were truly interested and thankful to see such procedures.”

This was the first time that a lap band educational program was offered in NJ. Previously, physicians would have to travel to New York or California for training. The FDA requires that surgeons complete a clinical education program and then a proctoring portion of training. This program met the criteria for the clinical education component, and demonstrates the level of excellence of the bariatric surgery program at Southern Ocean Medical Center.

“This is a testament to just how far the bariatric program has come at Southern Ocean,” says Dr. Strom. “This was a great teaching opportunity, and it’s just amazing that physicians came from around the country to learn in Manahawkin, NJ.”

The Center for Bariatrics at Southern Ocean Medical Center is the only Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence in Ocean county, a designation awarded by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).  The ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence (BSCOE) program recognizes surgeons and facilities that demonstrate an unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care.

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 or call 1-800-DOCTORS.