Meet Our Team in Morristown, New Jersey
Meet Dr. Nusbaum, Bariatric Surgeon
Dr. Michael Nusbaum is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is a Fellow and member of the American College of Surgeons, as well as a Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is listed with the Directory of Board Certified Medical Specialists. He is also a member of the American Medical Association, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, and The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons. He performs bariatric surgery at 2 New Jersey medical centers, the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston and Morristown Medical Center in Morristown.
Dr. Nusbaum’s Bariatric Surgical
Bariatric Surgical Co-ordinator
Bariatric Surgical Co-ordinator
Danielle Hill is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is also a certified Medical-Surgical Nurse. She obtained this certification from the American Nurse’s Credentialing Center. She is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, and currently the Bariatric Nurse Coordinator at Morristown Memorial Hospital. In this position, Danielle is a liaison between members of the hospital staff, physicians, out-patient services, and the community. She works closely with the staff members at the Metabolic Medicine and Weight Control Center, coordinating all bariatric services throughout each patient’s stay at the hospital and more. She leads three support groups offered to post-operative patients, and also provides other educational materials and follow up with the patient and their family. She offers education, support, and empathy to every patient and strives to be a constant resource to her patients, guiding them through their journey to a healthier lifestyle.
Kelly is the Director of Metabolic Medicine at the Weight Control Center of Morristown Memorial Hospital.
Karla is a Registered Dietitian exclusively for the Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey. She runs private sessions with our patients, free of charge; and topics include: Diet and Nutrition, Eating Adjustment after Band and Bypass.Karla also runs our private support group meetings, located on either the SBMC ACC campus or at the MMH Center campus at 95 Madison. Please call the office to schedule an appointment with her or to find out the time and location of her next support group meeting.
Joan Weinstein, P.A. & Elizabeth ShirleyJoan Weinstein and Elizabeth Shirley are surgical Physician’s Assistants for Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey. Both of them work with Dr. Nusbaum, and also assist in performing banding adjustments. In addition, they assist with patient education, examinations, and follow up. Both Joan and Elizabeth bring years of valuable experience to Obesity Treatment Centers of New Jersey, and we are proud to have them as an integral part of our team.
Shannon Fitzgerald, a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, completed the Sodexho New York Metropolitan Area Dietetic Internship program. In this program, she was awarded the Theresa M. Carney Memorial Scholarship for her compassion and caring nature towards her patients and peers.
Shannon is currently a clinical dietitian at Morristown Memorial Hospital, where she provides medical nutrition therapy for the Bariatric Service department. She works closely with physicians, nurses, and therapists in the bariatric unit to provide patients with the information and training they need for a safe recovery. Shannon also provides education involving non-surgical weight loss methods and works with patients to address a variety of other nutrition related issues.
Shannon combines the knowledge that she has gained working in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, to provide bariatric patients with the knowledge, support and resources that they need to improve their health and quality of life.
Sanjay Lalla, M.D. is a board certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery as well as a member of New York and New Jersey Societies of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Lalla is also the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Jersey City Medical Center.Dr. Lalla completed his secondary education at The Pingry School in New Jersey. He then went on to obtain his undergraduate degree as well as his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in a prestigious accelerated program. After medical school he trained in General Surgery at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and is board certified in General Surgery. Dr. Lalla went on to complete a two year fellowship in Plastic Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Since completion of his fellowship he has been in private practice with offices in West Orange and Jersey City, New Jersey. Dr. Lalla performs a variety of reconstructive and aesthetic procedures.His major interest and experience is with surgery of the massive weight loss patient. Body contouring has become the prime focus of his practice over the last few years. Dr. Lalla understands the psychological and physical changes that a massive weight loss patient experiences and works with patients to look and feel better about themselves. His offices accept many insurances and he and his staff will work to try to get coverage for the procedures that he performs.
Dr. Scott Spiro is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in cosmetic surgery of the breast, body contouring, facial aesthetic surgery, and breast cancer reconstruction.EducationDr. Spiro received his Medical Doctor degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark Medical School. He then did his internship in General Surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. Four more year’s of General Surgery Residency including a Chief ‘Residency in General Surgery followed at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey. Dr. Spiro then completed a two year Residency in Plastic Surgery at the prestigious University of Miami School of Medicine. After this Dr. Spiro completed an additional fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Miami Children’s Hospital Cedars Medical Center and the University of Miami.Dr. Spiro is board certified by both the American Board of Board of Surgery and by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.Outside of Plastic SurgeryIn addition to his medical career Dr. Spiro had a career in art. He has illustrated book chapters and numerous articles in the medical literature. He has also had several public showings of his work which is mostly in oils and pencil.
Message to My Patients
“…the process of selecting your Plastic Surgeon is difficult for some and easy for others. Some patients know me because I have treated friends or family. Some know me from “word of mouth”. Others know me only as a referral.
Once all are in my office, they immediately learn several things. My practice is based on honesty, sincerity, and professionalism. We have painstakingly built our office and developed our staff to better serve you.
I treat patients individually. No two people present exactly alike. Therefore, no two treatment plans should be exactly alike.
Delivering the best outcome with individual care and safety are my prime concerns.
Patients are brought into a comfortable, warm and peaceful environment which aids the patient in healing and our staff in servicing our patients.
Along those lines, we are planning an expansion of services to include a wide range of body and facial spa services which will be provided in a brand new spa setting.
Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Beverly Friedlander has been practicing the art of Plastic Surgery for over 20 years. As a female, she is sensitive not only to your aesthetic needs but to your psychological well being. Successfully losing the weight and maintaining it, is a major accomplishment after a lifetime of struggling with diets. It is important to feel comfortable with yourself, and many weight loss patients seek a physical transformation to help restore more normal contours. Your appearance can convey an inner sense of beauty and self esteem.Dr. Friedlander is committed to promoting health and well being and improving your quality of life. She works with you to formulate a plan that best addresses your post weight loss needs. The consultation will allow you to find out more about the procedures. It is important to find a surgeon in whom you have the utmost confidence and with whom you have an excellent rapport, someone with excellent listening skills, who will openly and honestly discuss your concerns and particular needs, and advise you on the best way to safely achieve your goal.EducationDr. Friedlander was accepted into the City University of New York/State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn 7 year BA-MD program while still in high school. After obtaining her medical degree, she completed an accelerated General Surgery Residency in 4 years, attaining Board Certification. She was drawn to Plastic Surgery early in her general surgery career because of the emphasis on creativity and details, completing her Plastic Surgery residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Hospital. Although trained in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, she now limits her practice to aesthetic procedures of the breast, body and face, revision surgery of the breast and reconstructive surgery of the breast.HonorsDr. Friedlander has been listed as a “Top Doc” in New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan area for over 10 years. These national publications include the Consumer’s Research Council’s “Guide to America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” and The Castle Connelly guide of “Top Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area”. Regionally, she has been included as a “Top Doc” in New Jersey Monthly Magazine, New Jersey Savvy Living, and most recently in Inside New Jersey Magazine. She has been quoted in the media, appearing in Muscle and Fitness Magazine, New Jersey Life, New Jersey Savvy Living and New Jersey Monthly to name only a few.
She is active in several professional societies, maintaining membership in the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the American College of Surgeons,(FACS), the International College of Surgeons (ICS) as well as many state and regional societies.
- University of Medicine and Dentistry – Newark, New Jersey – Medical Degree Conferred
- Duke University – Durham, North Carolina – Bachelor of Arts Degree Conferred
- Post-Doctoral Training
- University of Medicine and Dentistry – Newark, New Jersey – Fellowiship-Plastic Surgery
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center – Livingston, New Jersey – Residency-General Surgery
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center – Livingston, New Jersey – Internship-General Surgery
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Board of Surgery
Memberships, Offices, and Committee Assignments in Professional Societies
- New Jersey Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Candidate
- American Society Of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
- American College of Surgeons
- UMDNJ – University Hospital Lab assistant to Dr. Swislocki, Research in Induscing Alzheimer’s Disease in Rats
- Abstract – Peck, G.C., “Long Term Results of Bipolar Electrocautery on the INferior Nasal Turbinates.”
- UMDNJ – Dibernardo, B., “Using BTE Maching to Test Biomechanical Properties of Skin Prone to Have Cellulitis. UMDNJ
- UMDNJ – Dibernardo, B., “Treatment of Scars with Versapulse 532nm Laser”. UMDNJ
A well-established plastic surgeon in northern New Jersey who has developed a large clientele from this region, as well as from around the country and abroad. He has formed a very strong reputation as a plastic surgeon due to his breadth of expertise in a wide array of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures. His clients consist of many high-profile people in the entertainment industry including many models and centerfolds.In addition to being a highly skilled plastic surgeon, Dr. Berlet is also an architect, medical illustrator and author. He has extensive artistic ability that allows him to see patients three-dimensionally, which is an essential skill for a plastic surgeon. He is currently in the process of co-authoring a guide to aesthetic enhancement, and he has many contributions to a variety of medical journals regarding cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures. He has been the medical illustrator for numerous published plastic surgery and orthopedic textbooks.Despite a busy professional practice, Dr. Berlet has also managed to make time for giving back to the community. He has performed many surgeries through the charitable organization called Healing the Children, and he has also traveled abroad to perform plastic surgery as part of charitable mission projects.Dr. Berlet is board-certified in both plastic and general surgery, which has given him a broad base of surgical expertise. Dr. Berlet completed his medical school education and plastic surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, with an additional internship and general surgery residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. These solid credentials are supplemented by Dr. Berlet’s undergraduate training in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an honors graduate. His blend of art, design, and highly developed surgical skills truly set Dr. Berlet apart within the field of plastic surgery.
Dr. Salas received his MD degree from New York Medical College. After completing an Internship at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York he finished his General Surgery Residency in Michigan. He then went on to do a National Institute of Health sponsored Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Michigan, and a Microvascular and Hand Surgery Fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle.He completed his Plastic Surgery training in Michigan under the direction of Ian T. Jackson (one of the fathers of plastic surgery). Dr. Salas has also done a fellowship in Aesthetic (cosmetic) Surgery with extensive experience in minimally invasive (endoscopic plastic surgery) and laser surgery.Dr. Salas has received numerous awards including the prestigious Danto Memorial Cancer Research Award from the American College of Surgeons. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Aesthetic Mesoplasty; giving him the rare distinction of triple board certification.Since entering practice, Dr. Salas has remained focused on improving patient outcomes. He strives to understand the needs of the patient and what they’re looking for. The close, working bond that he develops with his patients often lasts indefinitely.
- Delbarton High School, Morristown, New Jersey
- Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, Washington DC, BS Biology
- Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, MD
- Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program, University of Michigan
- Licensure and Certification
- State of New Jersey Medical License
- Certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgeons
Honors and Awards
- Phi Beta Kappa, Georgetown University
- BS Awarded Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University
- Dingman Clinical Research Award, University of Michigan
- St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, New Jersey
- Morristown Memorial Hospital, Morristown, New Jersey
- Overlook Hospital, Summit, New Jersey
Dr. Fiske, MD
Dr. Askin, MD
Dr. Jon Green, MD
Dr. DePasquale, MD
Dr. Rothkopf is a caring, compassionate physician with outstanding credentials. He has been a member of the faculties of two major medical schools He has also contributed to many scientific publications, including 4 textbooks. He holds a patent on the use of growth hormone to augment nutritional repletion.Dr. Rothkopf graduated from Syracuse University and the Eastern Virginia Medical School. He did his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He then attended a fellowship in Nutrition and Metabolism at The Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. He is among a select number of physicians that is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Nutrition. He has been a member of the medical staff at St. Barnabas Medical Center for more than 20 years.Dr. Rothkopf combines his experience in Internal Medicine, Nutrition, and Metabolism on behalf of his patients. He regularly consults on critically ill, hospitalized patients who require nutritional support. His outpatient practice focuses on the management of metabolic disorders such as obesity, diabetes, lipid disturbances and malnutrition. For an appointment to see Dr. Rothkopf in consultation, please call 973-324-120.
Dr. Borger is a Board Certified Doctor of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University and her Medical Degree and Residency in Internal Medicine from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her Fellowship in the specialty of Endocrinology was completed at New York University. She is an active member of the American College of Endocrinology, the Endocrine Society, The American Thyroid Association and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Borger has hospital privileges at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Overlook Hospital. Dr. Borger participates in residency training at both hospitals. Dr. Borger regularly gives lectures on a variety of endocrine topics including osteoporosis, diabetes, hypertension and lipids. She has published articles on a variety of medical topics. She has been practicing endocrinology in the state of New Jersey for the past 3 years.Dr. Borger is accepting new patients and participates in most major insurance plans. For more information or to make an appointment, please feel free to call the office during business hours at (973) 377-6868.
Dr. DeFusco, MD
Pulmonologist at SBMC
2 West Northfield Road
Livingston, NJ 07039
Dr. Shah, MD
Pulmonologist at SBMC
96 Millburn Avenue
Millburn, NJ 07041
Our physicians and staff welcome patients from Livingston, Morristown, Union, West Orange, Clifton and nearby locations.
*Results can vary for each patient and there is no guarantee of specific results