Saint Peter’s launches orthopedic institute Network of physicians expands

March 12, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s Healthcare System has launched the Orthopedic Institute at Saint Peter’s University Hospital and has expanded the number of surgical practices within Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, its network of primary and specialty practices.

V. Karthik Jonna, MD, of Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, along with Marc Malberg, MD, and Alfred Tria Jr., MD, of the Orthopaedic Center of New Jersey, are orthopedic surgeons who see patients at 1527 Route 27 in Somerset. They are part of the Saint Peter’s Orthopedic Institute, which includes a dedicated inpatient unit at Saint Peter’s University Hospital for patients who undergo orthopedic surgical procedures including spine surgery and total hip and knee replacements.

Dr. Jonna, a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey, completed an orthopedic surgery residency at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, and the Columbia University Medical Center Joint Reconstruction Fellowship in New York. He has presented on the subject of knee surgery and other orthopedic issues with experts such as Dr. Tria.

A graduate of the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Ill., Dr. Malberg completed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. His specialties include adult reconstructive spine surgery, total joint replacement, and the treatment of scoliosis. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons and the North American Spine Society.

Dr. Tria, a specialist in knee replacement surgery, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Mass. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at New York Orthopaedic Hospital-Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a fellowship with John N. Insall, MD, a pioneer in knee replacement surgery, at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Tria is board certified in orthopedic surgery, the author of hundreds of articles and numerous textbooks on orthopedic surgery, and a member of The Knee Society.

Surgeons who have joined the Saint Peter’s Physician Associates are James E. Gervasoni Jr., PhD, MD, Charles Franco, MD, and Andrew Camerota, MD.

Dr. Gervasoni provides complex surgical oncology and hepatobiliary services as well as general surgery services. His office is located at 222 Easton Ave. in New Brunswick. A graduate of Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Gervasoni completed his residency at St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and his fellowship at Boston University/Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I. Currently chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, he is certified by the Society of Surgical Oncology and is board certified in surgical oncology and general surgery.

Board certified in general surgery and vascular surgery, Dr. Franco sees patients at 2 Research Way, Monroe. He is a graduate of New Jersey Medical School, Newark, who completed his residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and his fellowship at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y. Franco performs general, advanced laparoscopic and robotic surgeries addressing diseases of the digestive tract and endocrine system (thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal glands and pancreas), and vascular and endovascular surgeries addressing diseases of the arteries, veins and blood vessels. He is also medical director of the Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Services, part of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, with facilities in Monroe and New Brunswick.

Dr. Camerota, whose office is at 49 Veronica Ave. in Somerset, graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., and completed his residency at Boston University Medical Center in Boston. A board certified general surgeon, Camerota has been performing advanced laparoscopic procedures since the 1990s and robotic-assisted surgery most recently. His areas of expertise include minimally invasive surgery for hernias and of the colon, stomach, gallbladder, bile ducts, thyroid and parathyroid.

Visit for a listing of doctors within Saint Peter’s Physician Associates or call 732-339-7717. A full listing of physicians affiliated with Saint Peter’s can be found at

About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital; and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities. These include the CARES Surgicenter; New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab; Community Care Services Inc.; the Margaret McLaughlin McCarrick Care Center Inc., a residential skilled nursing facility in Somerset; and Saint Peter’s Adult Day Center in Monroe Township. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, please visit or call 732-745-8600.

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