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Tinton Falls
1 Executive Drive
Suite 4
Tinton Falls, NJ 07701
Tel: (732) 450-9700
Fax: 732-450-1511
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    • NJ
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    • Barnabas Health
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    • National
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Stephen A. Chagares, MD FACS

General, Laparoscopic, Robotic and Breast Surgeon

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Patient Testimonials

As a Chiropractor in the field for over 30 years, I had experienced an abdominal hernia after treating a large patient. I was referred to Dr Chagares and was immediately scheduled and seen for treatment within a very short time. The entire staff from start to finish as well as the procedure was done with care, compassion and professionalism. I have since returned to practice and highly recommend him to anyone with confidence.


Dr. Chagares and his staff are the best! Most of us have this reluctance of visiting a doctor but believe me Dr. Chagares puts your mind at ease as soon as you meet him. He always has this huge smile on his face whenever he greets you. He is very professional and courteous. He goes over the procedure he will perform on you so you know exactly what will be done. He has repaired my 3 hernias through the years and has always done an awesome job. My recovery with each one has been very smooth and uneventful. I have recommended my son and others to Dr. Chagares for their procedures and they have always told me after their visit and procedures that they are so happy that I had recommended him.
In closing if you need a top notch doctor and his wonderful staff make an appointed with Dr. Chagares. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed and will be glad you went to see him


No one wants to join the journey of breast cancer but if this Providence comes your way, the medical team you choose is of utmost importance. I can not recommend Dr. Chagares and his staff highly enough from my experience with them. The compassion and encouragement they gave me helped me deal with decisions that had to be made and the anxiety that produced for me. Your most important tool is understanding the information you are given. Dr. Chagares never made me feel like he didn’t have the time to explain things to my understanding. What more can I say, this is an awesome doctor and staff.


Dr Chagres is spot on fantastic! Very explanative and makes sure he answers any question! My surgery for the hernia I had went flawlessly! I couldn’t have wanted a better experience! Hopefully I never need to see him again but, if I need to, it will be a definite decision!


If there was a way to give more stars I would. Dr Chagares is nothing short of amazing. His bedside manner is so warm and caring, and knowledgeable. You feel like you are his only patient. I had a breast lumpectomy. I was very scared of both the surgery and what the biopsy would show. Dr Chagares and his staff could not have been more understanding and comforting and most importantly, knowledgeable on every aspect of breast conditions, cancer and otherwise. The surgery went great, I hardly felt any pain afterward, and I don’t even have a noticeable scar. If you are looking for a breast surgeon that you can trust, look no further.


It was an absolute pleasure to go to Dr. Chagares’ office today. I have been a patient for several years. The staff is knowledgeable, caring, and welcoming. Dr. Chagares and his staff make the annual appointment a breeze. Dr. Chagares takes his time explaining the scans, performing the exam, and making me feel at ease. Thank you for the outstanding service and care. I highly recommend Dr. Chagares.


I am very happy with the care I received from Dr. Chagares. Every time I leave his office I feel relieved. He spent so much time with me answering questions that each appointment felt like an anatomy lesson and a therapy session. His office is run very well. Everyone is thorough and on top of things. They are quick to return calls. Thank you Dr. Chagares!


Dr. Chagares and his staff are second to none! He listened to all of my questions and concerns and when I told him I really didn’t like going in the MRI tube he suggested an ultrasound. When an issue came up with my insurance Dr. Chagares had his staff lobbied on my behalf. A very special shout out to Marianne who went above and beyond to help me, educate me about the NJ breast density law and she saved me $1,500.00 which is what the facility wanted to charge me for a bilateral screening. Thanks again, you guys are the best!!!

-Mary Beth

I would like to thank Dr. Chagares and his team on the wonderful experience I had during my recent hernia procedure and after care. I found all the individuals at the practice to be both professional and supportive. I am more than happy with the procedure’s results which has exceeded all my expectations.


I have been going to Chagares for over 5 years. He’s personable, kind, thorough. He does not rush you and answers all concerns. He is the only doctor that I trust with my health.


Dr. Chagares is absolutely amazing. He is extremely knowledgable and compassionate. It is rare to find a doctor that has both an incredible wealth of knowledge and this level of care and concern for each and every patient. I highly recommend Dr. Chagares and his terrific and caring office staff.


From the initial consultation of my husband’s hernia surgery to the final follow up, Dr. Chagares and team were nothing short of amazing. The incredible customer service, attention to detail through the process and of course the way they put my mind at ease through the surgery. Dr. Chagares and team have set the bar very high. Their professionalism and passion to care for their patients and their families is why I would highly recommend them. Again thank you for everything!

-The Huneke Family

I’ve been seeing Dr Chagares for years and it has been nothing short of wonderful. He and his staff have always been welcoming and wonderful, and Dr Chagares always made me feel comfortable and helped a stressful experience be less scary.


My GP referred me to Dr. Chagares for a suspected hernia. Dr. Chagares was both attentive and compassionate. He explained the procedure simply and answered ALL my questions. The surgery was promptly scheduled. I am extremely satisfied with Dr. Chagares and his staff. I strongly recommend.


Dr. Chagares is what every other doctor should aspire to. Wonderful, caring, smart and an excellent surgeon. Every technician and nurse at the hospital said he is their first choice and that really says it there. I sent a friend and he was equally impressed!


Dr. Chagares and his staff were fantastic! Not only did they get my Husband in quickly when he needed a hernia repaired, but they were accommodating and comforting in every way. The surgery and recovery were exactly as described and there were no surprises at all. I highly recommend Dr. Chagares and his team!


I am always hesitant to give reviews regarding my experiences with medical procedures. Hernia surgery, as minor as some medical websites may declare it to be, is still surgery. Everyone heals differently as every body is different. From predispositions to self-care post-surgery, how my body responds to a procedure will vary from others. So, I would never want to give anyone reading a review or researching practitioners certain expectations about how their body may handle a specific procedure, how they might heal and so on. But, what I can assure anyone contemplating hernia surgery is that Dr. Chagares is the best!

I had been putting off hernia surgery for several years. I am a researcher by nature and after scrutinizing practitioners throughout New Jersey, I decided to schedule an appointment to consult with Dr. Chagares. The office staff, who I think are almost as important as the practitioner, were great from start to finish. They are professional, organized and responsive. After consulting with Dr. Chagares I felt assured that it was time to go through with the surgery.

Dr. Chagares is an incredibly talented surgeon AND he has an affable personality and fun sense of humor. I mean, how much fun can hernias be, right? But, he made me laugh and put me at ease. He is super approachable and I felt like I could ask him anything. Even if it was something potentially embarrassing or what I felt was a silly question, he never made me feel uncomfortable or that anything was off limits. I think that is so important when choosing a practitioner.

The surgery itself was unremarkable, and in the world of medicine that is a good thing! If I had to describe it in one word that word would be “efficient”. He is truly an expert and the result was perfect. Post-surgery, if I had a difficult day during the immediate week of recovery, or if there was something I was concerned about, Dr. Chagares was responsive and reassured me that everything was fine. And everything was.

Overall, I had an extremely positive experience with Dr. Chagares and his staff. I will be seeing him again for another procedure in the future and would never hesitate to recommend him to my family and friends.


Dr. Chargares and his team are wonderful. They are incredibly caring and professional. Their communication is always efficient and clear. Highly recommend!!


Highly recommend! Dr. Chagares was so patient, thoughtful, and knowledgeable throughout the whole process. He explained every aspect of my hernia, surgery, and recovery in layman’s terms. The whole office, surgical team, and facilities were top notch! Truly professional and empathetic in every way. Very positive experience.


I cannot express how pleased and satisfied I am with Dr. Chagares’ repair of my bilateral inguinal hernias. During my initial consultation Dr. Chagares performed a thorough examination, explained the repair procedure, encouraged questions and patiently addressed all my concerns. At the end of my visit I had complete confidence that I was going to be in excellent hands. The minimally invasive robotic assisted laparoscopic surgical procedure performed by Dr. Chagares went extremely well with a recovery that far exceeded my best expectations. Within 2 days I was able to walk comfortably and resume all of my non-strenuous daily activities. I had no need for any significant pain medication and only relied on a single dose of Tylenol when needed the first few days after surgery. I fully attribute the success of my surgery and recovery to Dr Chagares’ surgical skills and experience. Dr. Chagares and his entire staff provided a friendly, professional and competent environment. I highly recommend Dr. Chagares to anyone requiring a surgical procedure and I completely understand why he is rated one of the NJ Monthly Magazine’s Top Doctors.


Great medical office, wonderful and warm experience from start to finish. Appreciate that Dr. Chagares is very caring and taking time to go over the diagnosis clearly and treatment options.


As a new patient of Dr. Chagares , his professionalism is second to none. His staff are all attentive and responsive. I highly recommend Dr. Chagares to anyone looking for best in class service.


Dr. Chagares was very informative with my accessory breast tissue, got right to the point, very detailed with what was going on. The entire staff at the breast center in long branch from checking you in and out were all very nice.


My experience with Dr. Stephen Chagares and his office was wonderful from start to finish. They are a well oiled machine. Truly one of the easiest MD interactions I have had in over a decade. I work full time and the schedulers made a point to acknowledge that and cheerfully work around my schedule to assist me to get in at my earliest convenience. I was able to see Dr. Chagares very soon after my diagnostic testing which greatly put my mind at ease.

Dr. Chagares is warm, friendly, smart and described my situation in a clear and easy way for me to understand. His follow up instructions were clear. Next appointment already scheduled and script in hand for future follow up diagnostics. Super clean and charming office too! A great experience all around. Anyone would be lucky to be in the care of Dr. Chagares and his team.


You always feel like you are the only person in the world when you are in a room with Dr. Chagares. I know that sounds like that should just be a standard, but it is not always the case with every physician. His staff is also terrific in helping me to schedule some tests that need to be completed. Thank you.


Exceptional service and very helpful and friendly staff. Dr. Chagares goes above and beyond to help you and explain things to you. Also he makes you feel that everything is going to be just fine. Highly recommend this place.


As a patient of Dr. Chagares I was elated with the results of my recent hernia repair. I had to get it handled before year-end and only a week before I hosted 17 for dinner on Christmas Day! Dr. Chagares continued to reinforce the ease of the procedure and recovery period, provided I followed the post-surgical protocol…and indeed he was right! I felt AMAZING immediately following and recovery has been a breeze – I feel amazing and excited to get to my triathlon training with one more week to go before I’m back in full swing. Dr. Chagares has that rare combination of warmth and surgical precision rarely found in surgeons at his level of expertise. An amazing surgeon and man. Thank you Dr. C!!!


Great experiences here. I feel safe and seen. Office manager is excellent. Dr. is thorough and has great bedside manner. I highly recommend.


Dr. Chagares has been the most thorough and attentive doctor I have seen. I highly recommend!


I can not say enough good things about him. He put me at ease and gave me the honest info I needed. Would recommend him 100%. Nicest office staff also which you don’t see these days.


Amazing doctor with compassion and dedication! He loves what he does and it shows. I will only deal with him and his amazing staff.


Amazing doctor very thorough and a very nice person.


Dr. Chagares is a one of a kind physician who helped making my decision to have a double mastectomy a much easier process. Dr. Chagares was the first doctor I saw after my diagnosis of invasive lobular carcinoma. He explained my surgical options with the risks and benefits clearly described. His compassionate, caring, affable personality aided in not only making my surgical decision but made it clear he was my choice for a surgeon as well.


From the initial consultation of my husband’s hernia surgery to the final follow up, Dr. Chagares and team were nothing short of amazing. The incredible customer service, attention to detail through the process and of course the way they put my mind at ease through the surgery. Dr. Chagares and team have set the bar very high. Their professionalism and passion to care for their patients and their families, is why I would highly recommend them. Again thank you for everything!


Last year I found myself knelt over in the worst pain of my life. I was having a gall bladder attack. I was rushed to the ER where I was advised to follow up with a general surgeon. I made an appointment with Dr. Stephen Chagares. He came highly recommended by the hospital and a number of friends who either had a family member or they used him themselves for gall bladder surgeries. After having an initial consult I felt so at ease that I was going to be in amazing hands. I brought my sonogram from the emergency room and Dr. Chagares reviewed all the details that the procedure would entail. He explained exactly what he was going to do, the recovery and why it was a good idea to remove the gall bladder. I made my surgical appointment that day with his kind and caring staff and knew I was in the best hands possible.

Fast forward to my surgery day, I was the first case in the AM at Riverview Hospital. Dr. Chagares came to meet me and review what we planned on doing as well as how I would feel postoperatively. I went into the OR and was asleep in minutes. I woke up in recovery and felt great. I heard so many negative comments online about gas pains in your stomach and shoulders that I was afraid. I felt great relatively speaking. The anesthesia needed to wear off and a little abdominal discomfort but nothing like I expected or heard about online.

Dr. Chagares is a fantastic surgeon, who goes above and beyond for his patients. . His kindness, professionalism and intelligence shines through and it is with 100% certainty that I would recommend Dr. Chagares.


I could not be happier with my experiences with Dr. Chagares and his staff. I found Dr. Chagares through various internet searches as I needed lipomas removed from my arms, legs and body. I’ve since had 2 procedures (they were surgeries, but they felt more like procedures) and 5 appointments and it’s been so easy, convenient and pleasurable. Amazing bedside manner, extremely friendly and accommodating staff and the surgery was like a walk in the park compared to others. I’d highly recommend.


I recently had a mammography and breast ultrasound. My doctor told me I needed to see a surgeon. I called Dr. Chagares’ office and they got me in right away. Dr. Chagares explained that I needed to have a biopsy and I was so scared. Luckily, my biopsy was negative and I am back to needing routine care. My experience with Dr. Chagares couldn’t have been any better. He was knowledgeable, he helped me understand everything that was going on and he made me feel at ease. The staff was so easy to deal with every step of the way. Amazing doctor and an amazing office. Highly recommend.


The greatest personality ever! Which made me comfortable and confident from the moment I met him. Had surgery today and he’s an incredible surgeon. He explains every detail of what to expect before and after the surgery and took his time making sure I was comfortable. His office staff were friendly, efficient and caring. I can’t say enough about him!


Dear Dr. Chagares,

I wanted to drop you and your staff a personal note to tell you how happy I have been dealing with you and your office.

I had contacted you in early April to discuss an umbilical hernia that needed repair. You spent a considerable amount of time answering my many questions, well beyond my expectations that unfortunately do not exist today in most doctor’s offices. You alleviated my concerns regarding anesthesia and set my expectations regarding before, during and after surgery. On the day of my surgery, you stopped by and with your natural smile let me know that “it’s going to be great”. The surgical center staff and anesthesiologist were friendly, professional and did a great job as well. Approximately four days after surgery I was confused/concerned as to how my umbilical area looked and the person I spoke with in your office had me send you a picture of the area. To my surprise, they called me back after about an hour (@ 8:30 PM) and indicated that you felt it looked fine but invited me into the office the next day to alleviate my concerns. The next day you took me as your first appointment, checked the area and gave me the thumbs up. Yesterday was my three-week post-surgical appointment and you again took your time with me and answered my questions.

Regarding your staff, your office is an anomaly. When I call your office, someone actually answers the phone – no 10-choice voice attendant. If I email or leave a voice mail for your office, they actually respond. When I am in the office, everyone is friendly and do not look like they would rather be having a root canal. Lastly, I have never waited more than five minutes to be seen. In an age where doctors are being squeezed by insurance companies, forcing them to double and triple book, where wait times exceed 30 minutes, where office staff have been trimmed or quality staff cannot be found – your office is the unicorn. Please thank everyone in your office and let them know that this patient is very thankful.

Here is my only piece of advice – DON’T CHANGE ANYTHING.

With much appreciation,
Aron J. Adams