Photo Title 1
Meet Our Team print email
Marc A. Neff, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Marc Neff is Medical Director of the Kennedy University Hospital Bariatric Surgery Program, based at its Stratford campus. In this role, Dr. Neff oversees the clinical operations of the program, which recently was accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network (BSCN) Accreditation Program of the American College of Surgeons. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Neff is a 1996 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a five-year General Surgery residency at York Hospital in York, PA, in 2001, then went on to do a two-year Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Peter's University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. There, he trained under recent Past President of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Dr. W. Peter Geis, and recent Past President of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Robert Brolin.
  Dr. Marc Neff - Bariatric Surgeon
     
Louis Balsama, D.O., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Louis Balsama helped established Kennedy's Bariatric Program in 2007, along with Dr. Marc Neff. In October 2009, Dr. Balsama performed the first single incision (SILS™) gastric LAP-BAND® weight-loss procedure at Kennedy. For many years, he served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine, also serving as Moderator for the medical school's Surgical Morbidity and Mortality Conference. A South Jersey native, Dr. Balsama graduated from UMDNJ-SOM in 1999, completing his Residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA, in 2005. As an avid runner and Boston Marathon qualifier, Dr. Balsama encourages and inspires his bariatric surgery patients to take an active role in their weight-loss journey through physical activity and a healthy diet. A member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Dr. Balsama is also on the Kennedy University Hospital Infection Control Committee.
  Dr. Louis Balsama - Bariatric Surgeon
     
Adeshola D. Fakulujo, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Fakulujo is an assistant professor in the department of surgery at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM).

Prior to joining RowanSOM, Dr. Fakulujo completed a residency in general surgery at Columbia University's Harlem Hospital Center in New York. After his time at Harlem, he pursued additional training and completed a fellowship in Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Florida. During this period, he was instrumental in leading a wide variety of bariatric procedures including laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, laparoscopic gastric banding and revisional bariatric surgery, as well as other advanced laparoscopic procedures including paraesophageal hernia repairs, anti-reflux procedures, heller myotomy, laparoscopic solid organ surgeries.

Dr. Fakulujo obtained his medical degree from the University College Hospital, University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, and is an active member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and the American College of Surgeons.
  Dr. Adeshola Fakulujo
     
Adam S. Goldstein, D.O., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Adam Goldstein has been practicing bariatric surgery since 2004 when he completed his Fellowship in Minimally Invasive, Bariatric, and Robotic Surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He has particular expertise in performing LAP-BAND® surgery, having performed more LAP-BAND® operations in our area than any other surgeon to date. He had the privilege of being trained by Dr. Santiago Horgan, one of the surgeons involved with the initial clinical trials of the device. Additionally, Dr. Goldstein has extensive training and experience performing laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgery.

A Board Certified Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, Dr. Goldstein joined Kennedy's Bariatric Program in 2012, but has served as Director of Bariatric Surgery and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery for another local hospital system for years. Dr. Goldstein graduated from Cornell University in 1993 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and went on to graduate from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998, finishing in the top 5% of his graduating class. Following this, he completed his General Surgery Residency at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals in 2003, where he was awarded the Resident Achievement Award in Laparoscopic Surgery before going on to complete his fellowship. Dr. Goldstein is a respected member of the bariatric surgery community, and has been interviewed on television and radio about the LAP-BAND® operation.

Dr. Goldstein
     
Linda Battagliola, MSN, RN
Linda Battagliola, Program Coordinator, has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years and holds three nursing degrees, including ASN, BSN, and a Master's Degree as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Her past employment includes Trauma Nurses, Inc., Deborah Heart & Lung, Dual Diagnosis Program at Princeton House, and Critical Care Nursing and Lead Case Manager at Kennedy Health System. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Helene Fuld School of Nursing and Burlington County College School of Nursing. She is also a member of Kennedy's Medical Ethics Advisory Committee, Leadership Academy and Department of Nursing. Linda is looking forward to this new path in her career to help bariatric patients along in their journey to a healthier and happier lifestyle.
  Linda Battagliola, MSN, RN
     
Andrea Caplan, R.D., LDN
Andrea Watson joined Kennedy in 2012 as a Registered Dietitian for the Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Education. As part of Kennedy's bariatric team, Andrea is responsible for providing nutrition education to bariatric patients before and after surgery. A Registered Dietitian since 2009, Andrea graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 and went on to complete her dietetic internship at Central Michigan University. Andrea began working with bariatric patients in 2011 as the dietitian for a minimally invasive surgical practice in Lansing, MI. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery and the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group.
  Andrea Watson - Registered Dietitian