Dr. Mark J. Zucker, Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant; Dr. Margarita
Camacho, Surgical Director, Heart Transplant; and Darrell K. Terry, Sr.,
President and CEO Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s
Hospital of New Jersey and the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant
team gather for a photo after performing the program’s milestone
1,000th Heart Transplant.
Newark, NJ (August 1, 2017) – The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant program at Newark Beth
Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has now performed
more than 1,000 heart transplants- only 11 other centers in the United
States have reached this milestone achievement.
“Newark Beth Israel is at the forefront of delivering comprehensive
cardiac care and innovative research and this enviable milestone is a
testament to our cardiac, surgical and medical teams who have dedicated
themselves to building a program that consistently delivers clinical excellence,
said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical
Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey.
The program is a national leader that consistently ranks among the top
ten busiest heart transplant programs in the country.
“This exciting milestone further solidifies our national footprint
and reflects the world-class cardiology and cardiac surgery services at
RWJBarnabas Health. As the largest and most comprehensive healthcare system
in New Jersey we are proud to offer these services to residents throughout
the region,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health.
The transplant program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is led by an
interdisciplinary team of physicians:
Dr. Mark J. Zucker, Director, Cardiothoracic Transplant;
Dr. Martin Strueber, Director of Cardiothoracic Transplant Surgery and Mechanical Circulatory Support;
Dr. Margarita Camacho, Surgical Director of Heart Transplant;
Dr. Jose C. Mendez, Medical Director of Heart Transplant;
Dr. Claudia G. Gidea, Medical Director, Ventricular Assist Device Program; and
Dr. Roh Yanagida, Surgical Director, Lung Transplant Program.
The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program is one of the busiest
in the region and maintains survival outcomes that are on par with the
national average; and wait times for heart transplant that are less than
the national average, less than 2 months at Newark Beth Israel versus
approximately an 8 month wait time, nationally.
“When I joined Newark Beth Israel in 1987 the program and the successful
national organ transplantation process that we have today was in its infancy.
Thanks to advances in the field and the expertise of our team, we have
saved thousands of lives and we are continuing to find new ways to meet
the needs of our heart failure patients,” said Mark J. Zucker, MD,
JD, Director of Cardiothoracic Transplant, who developed the current program
at Newark Beth Israel.
Dr. Margarita Camacho, Surgical Director of Heart Transplant and a renowned
transplant surgeon who has performed more heart transplants than approximately
98 percent of transplant surgeons across the country said, “I’m
extremely proud of our team and the seamless care we provide patients
from the time they come to us for treatment until the moment they walk
out of our hospital with a new heart. Our team approach and dedication
to excellence have enabled us to reach this coveted milestone.”
Innovation in Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant
Newark Beth Israel has always been at the forefront of cardiac care and
heart transplant. Dr. Victor Parsonnet performed the first heart transplant
in New Jersey in 1986, in 1992 Newark Beth Israel became the first center
in New Jersey to employ extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, Newark Beth
Israel was the first hospital to use Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs)
in New Jersey, and for more than a decade the Heart Failure Treatment
and Transplant program at Newark Beth Israel has been ranked among the
top ten heart transplant programs in the nation.
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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