Emergency Medicine


Our Mission

The Department's educational mission is to train proficient, caring physicians able to meet the many challenges of emergency medicine. We are committed to provide our graduates with the clinical and interpersonal skills to appropriately manage multiple acutely ill or injured patients in a timely, compassionate, and cost-effective manner.

Residency Profile

This is an ACGME and AOA dually accredited residency program in Emergency Medicine that can graduate 8 Board-prepared physicians per year, with a total capacity for 28 residents (osteopathic and allopathic). The primary site for the residency is the Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Majority of osteopathic training year will performed at Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC) in East Meadow, NY. All graduating residents are eligible to take the certifying exam for the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Residents also train at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), Jersey City Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center. This provides a diversity of training in various clinical settings. In addition, there is a rotation at the New York Poison Control Center.

The main emergency department at Newark Beth Israel saw approximately 90,000 patients last year. This includes a separate pediatric emergency department with approximately 30,000 visits for the same year. The pediatric section is fully staffed by physicians board-certified in pediatric emergency medicine and/or emergency medicine.

In addition to clinical training, every resident is required to complete a scholarly project.

Emergency Medicine Faculty

Eric J. Wasserman, MD, FACEP
Chairman, Emergency Medicine Department

Dr. Wasserman is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at Mount Sinai as the chief resident in 2000. Over the next ten years, Dr. Wasserman was the Residency Site Director and, for the last five years, Associate Director at Jersey City Medical Center, a level II trauma facility in Hudson County, New Jersey. In July of 2008, Dr. Wasserman joined Emergency Medical Associates as the Director of Medical Education before accepting the position of Vice Chairman and Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in February 2010. His interests include trauma care, airway management, therapeutic hypothermia, patient quality and safety, and ED administration.

Patrick Hinfey, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Program Director of Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Faculty Since: 2002
Medical School: UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Nicole Maguire, DO - Osteopathic Program Director and Clerkship Director
Teaching Attending, Adult Emergency Department, medical student rotation director

Faculty Since: 2007
Medical School:
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ

Mark A. Merlin, MD
EMS/Disaster Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Faculty Since: 2011
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Residency: Internal Medicine, Jefferson/ Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA; Emergency Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ

Shelley Jones-Dillon, MD - Assistant Program Director
Teaching Attending, Adult Emergency Department

Faculty Since: 2005
Medical School: State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY
Residency: Emergency Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center, Brooklyn, NY

Sandra Ugras-Rey, DO - Associate Director, Emergency Department
Teaching Attending, Adult Emergency Department

Dr. Ugras Rey is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry, Osteopathic, in Stratford, NJ. She completed her dual residency in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY in 2006. Since that time, she has worked full time at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Initially she worked full time in a clinical capacity, later became CQI director and is currently the Associate Medical Director of the ED since 2008. She has published a chapter in Rosen's textbook and is a Member of the Board of Health in Paramus, NJ. Her interests include trauma care, cardiac care, patient quality and safety, and ED administration.

Frederick Waldron, MD, MS - Assistant Director - Emergency Department
Medical School: UMDNJ 1994-1998

Residency: SUNY Downstate, 1998-2002;
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Newark, NJ - 2002 Teaching Attending/Per Diem; 2010 Assistant Director

John Matjucha, MD, FAAEM
Teaching Attending, Adult Emergency Department

Faculty Since: 1997
Medical School: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Residency: Emergency Medicine, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

John Brennan, MD, FACEP, FAAP
Executive Director, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Faculty Since: 1998
Medical School: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Residency: Emergency Medicine: LA County/USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA;
Member, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Sub-Board;
Instructor Faculty, ACEP; Examiner, American Board of Emergency Medicine;
Member, New Jersey MICU Advisory Committee

Sheena John, DO