Hernia Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery


Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo is a leading provider of advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive general surgery. Serving patients in Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, our team is committed to providing the highest level of care for our patients.


Every patient and surgery is unique. We take pride in thoroughly evaluating patients on a case-by-case basis to identify the best course of treatment. Shomaf Nakhjo, DO, is fellowship trained in laparoscopy and has been performing laparoscopic surgery for more than a decade.  

Dr. Nakhjo has privileges and performs surgeries at

Newton Medical Center and St. Clare's Denville Hospital.



Here are some news articles and “Ask the Expert” features from Dr. Nakhjo:

       New Jersey Herald

       New Jersey Herald

Newton Medical Center was named among the top 10% in the nation for general surgery by consumer healthcare ratings group Healthgrades® and is the recipient of the Healthgrades® 2018 General Surgery Excellence Award.


Dr. Nakhjo provides a wide range of abdominal and cancer-related surgeries, including: 

Gallbladder Removal

Abdominal Wall Hernia Repair

Inguinal Hernia Repair


Stomach Surgery


Colon Resection

Biopsies & Dissections

Surgery of the Pancreas

Surgery of the Small Intestine

Diagnostic Laparoscopy

Call us today for an appointment



​What Is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopic surgery or laparoscopy is a surgical approach with smaller incisions designed to minimize trauma, resulting in less pain and discomfort, quicker recovery and much less chance of having short- and long-term complications.


Traditional, open surgery involves a larger incision through which the doctor performs a specific procedure. This approach typically results in noticeable scarring, longer recovery and hospital stays, and increased susceptibility to infection and bleeding. Long-term complications of large open incisions often include hernia and small bowel obstruction -- both of which may require additional surgery in the future.  


With laparoscopy, smaller incisions (less than the diameter of a dime) are made so that small instruments can be used by a surgeon to perform precise and accurate surgery. Dr. Nakhjo’s specialized training and experience, allows him to offer alternatives to traditional, open surgery for improved recovery and reduced scarring.

​Why Laparoscopy?

There are many advantages, including: 

  • Smaller incisions, which reduces pain and shortens recovery time with less postoperative scarring and improved cosmetic results

  • Less pain, less pain medication needed

  • Shorter hospital stay and recovery -- often with a same day discharge from the hospital which means a quicker return to everyday living

  • Reduced short- and long-term complications including decreased risk of infections, small bowel obstruction and hernia

  • Reduced hemorrhaging, reducing the chance of needing a blood transfusion



Dr. Nakhjo specializes in laparoscopic surgery and has performed more than 4,000 procedures over the course of his career. He is currently the Chairman of General Surgery at Newton Medical Center. 


  • General Surgery


Medical Education:

  • New York College of Osteopathic Medicine - DOCTOR OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE

  • Flushing Hospital Medical Center - RESIDENCY

  • Hackensack University Medical Center (Advanced Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery) - FELLOWSHIP


Undergraduate Education:

BA in Biology, Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ


Research/Volunteer Experience:

  • Surgical Mission Trip to Sumbawanga, Tanzania with Healthcare Volunteer (2008) 

  • Laparoscopic Gastric Band Placement for Failed Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass- first author, poster presented at ASMBS Annual Meeting (2011)

  • Staged Repair of Gastric Band Slippage – coauthor, presented at SAGES Annual Meeting (2011)


Professional Affiliations:

  • American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons

  • American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Surgeons

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

  • Society of Laparoscopic Surgery


Licenses/Board Certifications:

  • Board Certified in General Surgery by the American College of Osteopathic Surgery

  • Current New Jersey State Medical License

  • Realize Band and Lap Band Certified


Years of



Performed to Date





"Great experience for my mother and I. My mother had a colon surgery. He was really down to earth and was very patient with describing everything to us. I ended up needing to have my gallbladder removed and naturally I went to Dr Nakhjo. I had laparoscopic surgery and everything went great. Super Doctor!"

Donald B. - Sparta, NJ

"Dr.Nakhjo was great at everything from talking and explaining my procedure to visiting with me every day after my surgery. I suffered from diverticulitis, Dr. Nakhjo performed "laparoscopic sigmoid colectomy" and did an amazing job!!! I spent only 2 days in the hospital with little discomfort. Its been a little more than 2 weeks and I'm doing great!!"

Robert L. - Newton, NJ

"Dr. Nakhjo took his time and explained every step of the surgical procedure I was going to have done, the cause and need for this surgery, how he was going to perform the surgery, any possibly risks or complications and my time needed for recovery. I left Dr. Nakhjo's office after this consultation still nervous but very confident that I was in good hands. Dr. Nakhjo's office staff was also very pleasant and helpful with the scheduling of my surgery and with filling out any paperwork needed for the hospital, insurance and benefits.


After my surgery, I was in the hospital for approxiametely six days. Dr. Nakhjo came to my room almost daily to check on my condition and just to see how I was doing."

Danny R.  - Vernon, NJ



Call us today for an appointment

Our Address

183 High Street, Suite 1100

Newton, NJ 07860


Tel: 973-383-2222  \\  Fax: 973-383-3344

Notice of Privacy Practice

Doctor Hours

Tuesdays  9:00AM – 4:00PM

Wednesdays  9:00AM – 4:00PM


Office Hours

Monday-Friday 9:00AM-3PM


New Patients

Click on the button below to print the new patient forms. Please fill out in its entirety and bring with you the day of your appointment.  Also please bring with you a photo ID, insurance card(s) and a complete list of all medications you take on a daily basis.