St. Joseph’s Health Welcomes Geoffrey Pelz, MD, Thoracic Surgeon

PATERSON, N.J. (November 8, 2022) —St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce that Geoffrey Pelz, MD, who specializes in Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Surgical Oncology, is currently seeing patients at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center. 

 “Dr. Pelz’s specialized training in thoracic surgery will help us further expand our services to the communities we serve,” said Mark Connolly, MD, Chairman of Surgery, St. Joseph’s Health.  “Dr. Pelz has performed hundreds of minimally invasive surgeries to treat complex diseases of the chest and we are thrilled to have him working with our team.”

Dr. Pelz completed his Advanced Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center and then joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 2013.  He performs minimally invasive procedures whenever possible, including VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery), robotic surgery, and endobronchial ultrasound. 

“As a physician, I am passionate about serving individuals with a variety of healthcare needs,” said Dr. Pelz. “I am committed to performing minimally invasive surgery that provides patients with shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery, and overall better outcomes.”

Dr. Pelz was the first surgeon to perform an ION robotic bronchoscopy case in the state of New Jersey in June 2020. His clinical interests include lung cancer, hiatal hernias, benign and malignant esophageal diseases, and mediastinal tumors. He is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer. Dr. Pelz is affiliated with St. Joseph's University Medical Center in Paterson, St. Joseph's Wayne Medical Center in Wayne and Hackensack University Medical Center.

Dr. Pelz is currently seeing patients on the campus of St. Joseph’s University Medical Center at 703 Main Street, Suite A-2415 in Paterson, New Jersey. To make an appointment with Dr. Pelz, call 551.996.5960.


Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey. 

The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.

Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor

In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center).  For more information, please visit


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