NEWARK (June 15, 2017) -
Martin Strueber, MD, has been named Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgery and Mechanical
Circulatory Support, in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
Dr. Strueber is an internationally renowned surgeon and researcher in the
fields of heart failure and lung transplantation. Prior to joining Newark
Beth Israel, he led the Heart and Lung Transplant program at Spectrum
Health, in Grand Rapids, Michigan; prior to that he directed the Thoracic
Organ Transplant and Mechanical Assist Device Program at Leipzig University,
home to the largest lung transplant program in Europe; and was Clinical
vice Director of Heart, Thoracic, Transplant and Vascular Surgery at Hannover
Medical School, Hannover Germany.
“It is truly an honor to practice medicine alongside the highly-skilled
physicians at Newark Beth Israel. I welcome the opportunity to collaborate
with my colleagues on transformative medical breakthroughs and provide
the highest quality care to our patients,” said Dr. Strueber.
Dr. Strueber has pioneered several unique lung transplant techniques that
improve outcomes and access to transplant for young adults and people
with smaller chest cavities.
He has also participated in various research studies of ventricular assist
devices (VADs) that are now widely used throughout the United States;
these devices support heart failure patients by artificially pumping blood
to the heart.
“The addition of Dr. Martin Strueber to the cardiac surgical staff
at Newark Beth Israel raises the bar of excellence and advances our role
on the national and international stage, all for the benefit of our patients
and the people of New Jersey,” said Dr. Craig Saunders, Chair, Cardiothoracic
Surgery, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
In his role at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Dr. Strueber will perform
general and complex cardiac surgery, heart transplants, lung transplants
and ventricular assist device implants.
“Dr. Strueber’s skills and talents bolster our capabilities
as we approach our milestone 1,000th heart transplant and continue to
be the sole lung transplant program in the state of New Jersey,”
says Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey.
The transplant program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center led by Dr.
Mark J. Zucker, Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant; Dr. Margarita Camacho,
Surgical Director of Heart Transplant; Dr. Jose C. Mendez, Medical Director
of Heart Transplant; and Dr. Roh Yanagida, Surgical Director, Lung Transplant,
is scheduled to reach its 1,000 heart transplant later this year. It is
a milestone that only a few centers across the country have reached. The
program at Newark Beth Israel is one of the ten largest programs in the country.
Dr. Strueber has published more than 180 peer-reviewed scientific articles.
He has held several leadership positions within professional societies
including Board of Directors, International Society for Heart and Lung
Transplantation (ISHLT); and President, European Society for Heart and
Lung Transplantation (ESHLT).
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is a 665-bed regional care teaching hospital that provides comprehensive
health care. Newark Beth Israel is home to one of the nation’s top
ten heart transplant centers, Barnabas Health’s Heart Failure Treatment
and Transplant Program; New Jersey’s only Advanced Lung Disease
and Transplant Program and a Valve Center that performs more cardiac valve
procedures, including minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacements
(TAVRs), than any other center in the state. The Newark Beth Israel robotic
surgery program is the most experienced in northern New Jersey. The Frederick
B. Cohen, MD, Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and the new Healthcare
Foundation of New Jersey Breast Health Center provide seamless integration
of cancer prevention, specialized care and treatment options. Newark Beth
Israel also offers many preventive health programs that promote wellness
in the community.