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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Expands Medical Specialty Services to Families in Hudson County


--Award Winning Physicians Join Bayonne Practice--

BAYONNE, N.J. – Families in Bayonne and the surrounding Hudson County area now have access to a new multispecialty medical facility, which was recently opened by administrators at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. The NBIMC Children's Hospital of New Jersey Medical Specialty Center, which is located at 16 East 29th Street in Bayonne, brings highly specialized medical care to children and adults.

NBIMC’s board certified physicians and team of health professionals will diagnose, treat and provide follow-up care. Adult services will include: Orthopedics, Women’s Health, and Vascular Surgery. Appointments can also be made for children who have asthma, lung disease, digestive disorders or heart disease. Highly specialized pediatricians who have advanced training will provide services in: Pediatric Cardiology; Hematology/Oncology; Immunology/Allergy; and Pediatric Pulmonology.

"We are proud to offer highly specialized medical care services to families in Hudson County. This expansion gives a cadre of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center’s multispecialty care physicians an opportunity to meet the needs of a broader community with some of the best physicians in their specialties in New Jersey," said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

The physicians are:

Peri Kamalakar, MD - Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Barnabas Health. Dr. Kamalakar began offering hematology and oncology services when he joined NBIMC’s medical staff in 1978. He was instrumental in establishing the Valerie Fund Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in 1985. Three Valerie Fund Centers operate under Dr. Kamalakar’s direction: NBIMC, Monmouth Medical Center, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

Dr. Debbie Friedman, MD, PhD, Pediatric Cardiology. Dr Friedman was a pediatric resident at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and did her pediatric cardiology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Friedman received her medical degree and a PhD in molecular biology from Weill Cornell University.

Jyoti Sinha, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterology. Dr. Sinha completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and a residency in pediatrics at New York Medical College. She received her Doctor of Medicine from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in Grenada.

Joel S. Mendelson, MD, - Director, Division of Allergy/Immunology at CHoNJ. – Dr. Mendelson offers a full range of diagnosis and treatment for allergic and immunologic challenges. He completed pediatric residency at St. Lukes Roosevelt, a major teaching affiliate of Columbia University. He then graduated from Allergy/Immunology-Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at UMDNJ. He is frequently named on Top Doctor list for New York Magazine and New Jersey Monthly magazine.

Cindy Sturt, MD, Vascular Surgery. – Dr. Sturt completed her undergraduate education in biology at the University of Chicago. She then received her medical degree at State University of New York at Syracuse, College of Medicine. Her surgical residency was completed at UMDNJ at Newark followed by a Vascular Surgery Fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.

Emad Hashemi, MD - Chief of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery.
Dr. Hashemi offers a wide range of treatment options to women, from behavior modification and changes to diet and exercise to minimally invasive laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgical procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

Michael Pitter, MD, FACOG - MD, Chief of Gynecological Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC). Board Certified in General Obstetrics/Gynecology, Dr. Pitter received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned his medical education at the UMDNJ. He completed his post-graduate residency at NBIMC in the areas of obstetrics and gynecology.

For pediatric specialty appointments at the medical facility in Bayonne, call 973-926-7280. To make appointments for adults, call 973-926-7331. For interviews, photos or a tour of the facility, contact Kaylyn Kendall Dines at (Office) 973-926-7168 or (Cell) 848-223-3807.

Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, (NBIMC), a 673-bed regional care teaching hospital, provides comprehensive health care to its local communities and well beyond. NBIMC has more than 800 physicians, 3,200 employees and 150 volunteers with over 300,000 outpatient visits and 25,000 admissions annually. NBIMC is one of the top three in heart transplants with better than expected outcomes, has the only lung transplant program in New Jersey, and combined with Saint Barnabas Medical Center, both Barnabas Health affiliates, is third in the nation for kidney transplants, by volume. To learn more, visit us on line at

About CHoNJ
Children's Hospital of New Jersey, located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and part of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, is the state's premier hospital caring for children, with specialized services to treat ill and injured children from newborn to adolescent years and has the most comprehensive pediatric cardiac care program in the region as well as preventive programs that promote wellness in the community. For a referral to a pediatrician or pediatric specialist, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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