Section: Barnabas Health Heart Center News

East Coast’s Largest Adult Heart Transplant Program Opens New Offices in New Jersey

11/18/2013

Barnabas Health’s nationally renowned Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is improving access to this highly specialized care by expanding its team of transplant cardiologists and opening two additional offices. People with advanced heart failure can now schedule appointments at one of the program’s three locations: Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; Barnabas Health Heart and Lung Specialty Center in Toms River and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Currently ranked as the largest adult heart transplant center on the East Coast, the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program has performed more than 780 heart transplants since it was established in 1988. It has earned international respect for its successful outcomes that consistently meet or exceed national benchmarks, for advocating for broader access to transplant, for increasing the quality of life of transplant candidates and recipients, as well as for its contributions to the field of transplantation through research.

“For the people with advanced-stage heart failure who find walking across a room absolutely exhausting, traveling across the state to see a doctor can be prohibitive,” said Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, Director of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program. “Barnabas Health is expanding our reach to patients and presenting greater opportunities for the best possible care.”

As one of the nation’s most progressive centers, the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of physicians, researchers, nurse practitioners and social workers on the frontier of heart failure treatment. Patients benefit from the latest generation of mechanical circulatory assist devices that take over the pumping action of a diseased heart and serve as a bridge to transplant or destination therapy. They have pioneered new immunosuppressive protocols that are improving the lives of transplant recipients around the world. The program has also been selected to participate in prestigious research trials, which most recently include stem cell research and innovative methods for preserving organs for transplant.

Expanding the Team
To help meet the needs of the maturing population in New Jersey, the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program has expanded its physician team to six transplant cardiologists. The newest members of the team bring specialized training and extensive clinical experience to patients in New Jersey.

Robert Morlend, MD, transplant cardiologist, comes to the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program from Cedar Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, where he completed a fellowship in advanced heart failure and transplant. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at Emory University School of Medicine, GA, where he earned his medical degree. Dr. Morlend’s clinical research interests include blood pressure measurement in the prediction of heart failure, application of mechanical circulatory support in patients with congenital heart disease, causes of blood clots in patients with heart transplantation and/or mechanical circulatory support devices. He is the author or co-author of many articles published in national journals and he has presented his work at national and international conferences.

Sandhya Murthy, MD, transplant cardiologist, comes to the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program from Columbia University Medical Center, NY, where she completed a fellowship in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant. Additionally, she completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine and a clinical research fellowship in congestive heart failure at Montefiore Medical Center, NY, and earned her medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ. Dr. Murthy has a special clinical interest in heart failure in women, cardiac recovery with continuous flow circulatory support and medical care for underserved populations. She is the author or coauthor of many articles published in national journals, including the Journal of Invasive Cardiology, Clinical Cardiology and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplant. She has presented her research at major conferences such as the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplant and the Heart Failure Society of America.

For more information about Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program or to schedule an appointment at any location, call 973-926-7205.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark
Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston
Barnabas Health Heart and Lung Specialty Center in Toms River

Date: November 18, 2013

Contact: Caren Malone
Public Relations Department
Barnabas Health Heart Center
973-322-4017
cmalone@barnabashealth.org

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