Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, Director of Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant at the Barnabas Health Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, has been involved with heart transplantation since 1987. Under his leadership, the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel has ranked among the top ten programs in the nation in volume for the past three years. More than 440 heart transplants, 31 lung transplants and over 150 left ventricular assist device implants have been performed at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. The program’s results rival those at nationally renowned centers with a one-year heart transplant survival rate over the past few years in excess of 91 percent and a three-year survival rate in excess of 80 percent.
Dr. Zucker attended Northwestern University’s School of Medicine where he remained for his residency in internal medicine followed by clinical and research fellowships in cardiology. He subsequently joined the faculty at Loyola University Medical Center as one of four attending transplant cardiologists. He joined Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 1989 as Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
Dr. Zucker served as a Director of the original New Jersey Affiliate of the American Heart Association and is a founding member of the new Heritage Affiliate of the American Heart Association for which he served as a member of the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. In 2004, Dr. Zucker was voted President/Governor of the New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. In addition, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network for more than 15 years, served twice as the Thoracic Representative for the mid-Atlantic states to the United Network for Organ Sharing, and presently serves as the representative from the ACC Board of Governors to the American College of Cardiology’s Subcommittee on Heart Failure and Transplantation.
In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Zucker is a graduate of Loyola University Law School and is admitted to practice law in New Jersey, New York and Illinois.