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J. R. Salameh, MD, FACS

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  • Practice: Surgical Specialists
  • Specialty: General Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery
  • Current Position: Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Medical Director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery, Virginia Hospital Center
  • Clinical Interests: Heartburn Surgery, Weight Loss Surgery, Robotic Surgery
  • Certification: Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery
  • Education: Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Residency: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Fellowship: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX - Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Languages: English, French, Arabic
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes


Dr. J. R. Salameh is a Board-certified general surgeon with advanced fellowship special training in minimally invasive or laparoscopic surgery. He is the current Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Virginia Hospital Center.

After obtaining his M.D. from Saint Joseph University (Beirut, Lebanon), Dr. Salameh did his General Surgery training at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and then completed a Laparoscopic/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, Texas). Prior to joining Surgical Specialists at Virginia Hospital Center in July 2007, he was Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Surgery Simulation Center at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, MS). He currently holds the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery (Clinical) at Georgetown University.

Dr. Salameh is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is a member of a number of prominent professional societies including the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, the American Hernia Society and several other national groups. Dr. Salameh is the author of numerous publications, journal articles and textbook chapters, primarily in the fields of minimally invasive surgery, Bariatric surgery and hernia surgery and is considered a national expert in these areas of surgery. He is also a frequent lecturer and scientific presenter on topics in his area of expertise. He has been an educator his entire career and trains surgical residents as well as other surgeons in various surgical procedures.

Dr. Salameh is sought after for his expertise in advanced laparoscopic or minimally invasive surgery, including robotic Da Vinci surgery, and he takes a laparoscopic (“key hole”) approach to operations on the esophagus, stomach, bowels, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen whenever possible.

He established the Virginia Hospital Center’s Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery in 2007. He performs all types of weight loss surgeries, including complex revisional surgeries, and is only one of a couple of surgeons to offer the duodenal switch in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is also one of first in the area to offer the non-surgical intragastric balloon for weight loss.

Dr. Salameh is nationally recognized as an expert on both traditional and minimally invasive hernia surgery, and routinely treats all types of hernias from the simple small hernia to the most complex giant hernia. Patients come from a wide geographic area for management of these hernias with either laparoscopic and robotic minimally invasive techniques or complex abdominal wall reconstruction.

Dr. Salameh is married to Carla and has four sons. He enjoys golf, reading, home improvement and the theatre.

Awards & Recognitions

Top Doctor, Washingtonian
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014

Top Doctor, Northern Virginia Magazine
2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2014

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