Dr. Margarita Camacho Awarded the Harvey E. Nussbaum Award at 20th Annual
American Heart Association Heart Ball
Dr. Camacho with her husband and son at the 2017 AHA Affair of The Heart Ball
NEWARK, NJ (June 2, 2017) --
Margarita Camacho, MD, FACS, Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Assist Devices for Newark
Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has been named
the recipient of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's
Harvey E. Nussbaum, MD, Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding
commitment to building healthier communities and to the mission of the
American Heart Association. She will be honored at the 20th Annual Affair
of the Heart Ball on June 3 in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.
Dr. Camacho, is the surgical director of one of the ten largest heart transplant
programs in the country and the largest on the east coast. She is the
first woman to ever receive this award, named in honor of the late Harvey
E. Nussbaum, M.D., a renowned cardiologist from Saint Barnabas Medical
Center, also an RWJBarnabas Health facility.
"I agreed to accept this honor on behalf of our team at Newark Beth
Israel, who I regard with great respect for their technical expertise
and their personal compassion when caring for our patients. It is a privilege
to be honored for doing something I absolutely love," said Dr. Camacho.
Dr. Camacho has performed more heart transplants than any other surgeon
in the state of New Jersey and more than 98% of the surgeons in the United States.
Under the leadership of Dr. Camacho and
Dr. Mark J. Zucker, Director of the Cardiothoracic Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel,
the program has attained national recognition and is on track to reach
a milestone one thousand heart transplants performed, this fall.
"Dr. Margarita Camacho is an exemplary physician and leader who provides
high-quality and compassionate care to each and every one of her patients.
We are proud of her contributions to Newark Beth Israel and to the communities
we serve and honored to stand with her as she accepts this award,"
said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital
of New Jersey.
For more information about the heart failure treatment and transplant program
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, visit rwjbh.org/hearttransplant.
From Left to right: Dr. Joseph E. Parrillo, 2017 AHA Affair of the Heart
Ball Chairman; Dr. Margarita Camacho, Surgical Director, Cardiac Transplant
and Mechanical Assist Device Program at Newark Beth Israel and 2017 Distinguished
Service Award winner; Darrell K. Terry, Sr., MHA, MPH, FACHE, President
and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey. (courtesy Shotwell Productions)
Margarita Camacho, MD, FACS
Prior to joining Newark Beth Israel in 2005 as the surgical director of
our cardiac transplant and mechanical assist device program, Dr. Camacho
served as Clinical Associate at the Cleveland Clinic where she received
the Charles Bryan award for clinical excellence. She received her medical
degree from New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY and completed fellowships
in cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Albert
Einstein College of Medicine. In 2012 she was honored by The Executive
Women of New Jersey, and received the 2014 Healthcare Professional of
the Year Award from the New Jersey Hospital Association. She is President
of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Medical Women's Association,
Vice President-elect of the New Jersey Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and
has been named several times to Castle Connolly's Top Doctors lists.
She lectures nationally, including to Washington D.C., policy makers.
Dr. Camacho is past chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce
on End-stage Cardiopulmonary Disease and past President of the Society
of Women in Thoracic Surgery. She has authored numerous research articles,
book chapters and surgical manuals.
Dr. Camacho cheered on as she takes the podium to accept the 2017 AHA Distinguished
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 10
largest heart transplant centers, RWJBarnabas 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.
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