About Us

As well-respected physicians who have lectured around the country on the treatment of gastrointestinal (GI) disease, doctors at Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates have established the Atlantic Gastro Education Foundation as a way for physicians to teach other doctors, medical professionals and the public to enable people to enjoy healthier lives.

With a wealth of medical experts and treatment facilities located within in the tri-state area of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the southern New Jersey-based Foundation recognized the great educational opportunity for the region.

The Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, hosts and sponsors engaging educational conferences on advanced treatments of GI diseases and disorders.

Since the Foundation launched its conference series in 2012, facilitators and speakers have included experts from:

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Temple University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York
  • Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Cooper University Hospital
  • Lourdes University Hospital
  • Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates

Credits Available

The Foundation supports the on-going education of medical professionals with cost effective conferences that offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses may participate in the Foundation’s educational activities and earn a letter of attendance as AAPA, AANP and ANCC accept AMA, PRA Category 1 Credits through their reciprocity agreements.

Conferences are open to everyone

The Atlantic Gastro Education Foundation’s conferences are open to the public. As their own professional experiences revealed, patients armed with quality medical information make better decisions about their overall health.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting other organizations that share its vision of improving patient care and quality of life, such as the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter.

For more information about the dedicated medical team that created the Foundation, click on their names below.

Barry P. Kaufman, M.D., F.A.C.G., C.N.S.P.


Dr. Kaufman has devoted more than three decades to understanding gastrointestinal disease, and helping patients manage—and alleviate—their painful symptoms. As part of this crusade, he launched the Crohn’s and Colitis Treatment Center and Celiac Diagnostic Center at AGA, including organizing a support group for affected individuals. He also is founder and co-owner of ACCESS Surgicenter in Egg Harbor Township, where he performs outpatient endoscopic procedures. While Dr. Kaufman is experienced in all aspects of gastroenterology, he brings a special interest and knowledge of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease).


  • Philadelphia Magazine 'Top Doc' in Gastroenterology, Southern New Jersey (2010)
  • Physician of the Year, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter


  • Principal investigator, promising new agent for the treatment of chronic Hepatitis C and new agents for the treatment of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Disease
  • Co-investigator on over 100 clinical trials, assessing the effectiveness of emerging treatments for digestive and liver diseases
  • One of only two physicians in the region who uses endoscopic ultrasound for the diagnosis and biopsy of lesions not accessible by routine gastrointestinal endoscopy

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chief of Gastroenterology (30+ years) and attending physician, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • On staff at Betty Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital


  • Certified Nutrition Support Physician
  • Board certified, Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
  • Bachelor of Science, Brooklyn College
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Internship, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center
  • Fellowship, University of Miami School of Medicine
Gary A. Rosman, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F.


For nearly three decades, Gary A. Rosman, M.D. has set the standard for quality care in gastroenterology at AGA and affiliated medical centers. In fact, his work on a quality committee for a regional medical center resulted in national recognition. And while quality is key for Dr. Rosman, his patients are his real inspiration. For more than two decades, he’s been helping them manage their painful symptoms, and where possible, eradicate them.


  • Part of the award-winning team at AtlantiCare to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
  • Award, presented by Vice President Joe Biden and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke


  • Extensive work in clinical trials, testing new therapies for pharmaceutical companies and new methods to diagnose and treat disease
  • Recent studies have evaluated therapies for active Crohn’s Disease, Active Ulcerative Colitis and Chronic Hepatitis C

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chairman of the Department of Medicine, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center (January 1999 - December 2005)
  • President, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center medical staff (2010)
  • Chairman and Member, Board Quality Committee, AtlantiCare Health System
  • Consultant in gastroenterology to Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital


  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Fellow, American Gastroenterology Association
  • Member, the American Medical Association
  • Member, the New Jersey State Medical Association
  • Member, the Atlantic County Medical Society
John J. Santoro, D.O. F.A.C.G., F.A.C.O.I.


Dr. John Santoro, Medical Director of Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates (AGA) Hepatitis Treatment Center, has cared for more than 300,000 patients during his 33-year tenure at AGA and at affiliated medical centers.


  • Elected Governor of the Board of Directors for the state of New Jersey by the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) by the ACG's more than 12,000 GI professionals in the U.S. and worldwide
  • '2014 Physician of the Year' from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
  • South Jersey Magazine named Dr. Santoro one of the top docs


  • Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Over 100 published clinical studies to his credit
  • Speaker for national and international medical conferences

Hospital Affiliations

  • Chief Attending at Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City and Pomona, NJ and Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation, Pomona, NJ
  • Past President of the medical staff at Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ


  • Member, American College of Gastroenterology
  • Member, American College of Internists
  • Doctor of Osteopathy, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2nd in class)
  • Internship at John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital
  • Residency and Fellowship at the University of Medicine & Dentistry
Joseph L. Spaar, M.D., F.A.C.G., A.G.A.F.


Joseph L. Spaar, M.D. has dedicated his career to studying gastrointestinal disease. A leading edge researcher and an expert in the management of gastrointestinal disorders, Dr. Spaar has been part of the AGA team for more than 30 years.


  • Completed more than 100 different clinical research studies
  • Study topics range from Crohn's Disease to Hepatitis C, erosive esophagitis, heartburn and sleep disturbances

Hospital Affiliations

  • Active attending physician at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center
  • Consultant in gastroenterology at Shore Memorial Hospital
  • Consultant in gastroenterology at Betty Bacharach Rehabilitation Hospital


  • Graduate of Temple University Medical School
  • Internship at the Medical College of Pennsylvania
  • Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service
  • Residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Board-certified and fellowship trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology
Melissa A. Verrengia, M.D.


Whether it's helping a patient with women's health and nutrition, or reading up on the latest findings in hepatology (liver disease), Melissa A. Verrengia, M.D. brings a passion to what she does. Her incredible dedication to research was rewarded at the University level.


  • Sol Sherry Undergraduate Research Award from Temple University Hospital
  • Dean's Undergraduate Research Fund Award from New York University


  • Studied the connection between gender and gastroparesis (a condition where stomach emptying is delayed)
  • Specializes in women's health


  • Graduate of UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Internship and residency in Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital
  • Fellowship in Gastroenterology, Temple University Hospital
  • Member, Delaware Valley Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • Member, the American College of Gastroenterology
  • Member, the American Gastroenterological Association.
  • Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine