Meet-a-Doc: Meet Dr. Dena Arumugam of Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health! | Ocean County Moms


Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health is proud to feature Dena Arumugam, M.D., FACS, a board certified gastrointestinal surgeon who is an expert in minimally invasive laparoscopic, robotic, and bariatric surgery, including teenagers aged 14+.

Dr. Arumugam flags from Jersey Shore University Medical Center, the first in New Jersey to be accredited as a Comprehensive Center with Adolescent and Obesity Medicine Qualifications by the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Arumugam has extensive research experience with a multitude of general surgical diseases, but her interests focus on improving outcomes after bariatric surgery. Her goal is to provide safe and excellent care for all of her patients while using the most up to date tools and techniques available. She is currently a member of many societies including the American College of Surgeons, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Medicine Association.

What does Dr. Arumugam treat?

  • Conditions of the gastro-intestinal tract, hernias, skin masses
  • Adolescent and adult bariatrics


How to set up an appointment?

Call: 732-897-2300


19 Davis Avenue

HOPE Tower, Floor 2

Neptune, NJ 07753

We asked Dr. Arumugam!

What would your patients say about you?

That I am caring, attentive and kind. I strive to provide the best care for my patients in a reassuring and confident manner. 

When should a parent consider taking their child to an obesity expert?

Parents should consider taking their child to an obesity expert when their BMI (Body Mass Index) is consistently above the 99th percentile for their age. Also, if the child or teen is experiencing weight-related comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease or sleep apnea. Treatments such as diet, exercise, lifestyle modification, medications and surgery are all options we explore together.  

How did you come to live in New Jersey?

I was born and raised in New York. I completed my surgical training in New Jersey and felt this was a great place to continue my career and raise my children. 

Jersey Shore University Medical Center offered me the perfect opportunity to pursue my interests in bariatric and minimally invasive surgery. I enjoy seeing patients recover and improve quickly after surgery, as well as achieve better overall health after weight loss.   

I am an avid fan of the outdoors, the beach, and the parks that New Jersey has to offer. 


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