Nominations, are Open for Public Voting from Now through November 26
Newark, New Jersey – The New Jersey Hall of Fame recently announced its nominees for
the class of 2017 and listed Dr. Victor Parsonnet, a Newark native, on
the ballot as a worthy New Jerseyan. Public voting is open through November
26 at the New Jersey Hall of Fame website. To vote in support of Dr. Victor
Parsonnet’s selection into the New Jersey Hall of Fame visit
“We are forever indebted to Dr. Victor Parsonnet for his dedication
to our patients, this community and to advancements in cardiac research.
He paved the way for our current success as one of the most comprehensive
cardiac programs in the country,” said Darrell K. Terry, Sr., President
and CEO, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital
of New Jersey.
The former Director of Surgery and Surgical Research at Newark Beth Israel
Medical Center, 93-year-old Dr. Victor Parsonnet is one of 50 nominees
for the New Jersey Hall of Fame Academy, Class of 2017.
A Newark native, Dr. Victor Parsonnet made his name in New Jersey and worldwide
as a groundbreaking cardiac surgeon. He was a physician leader and researcher
at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center for more than 60 years where he performed
the first heart transplants and kidney transplants in New Jersey; he implanted
the first permanent pacemakers in New Jersey and the first permanent transvenous
In addition, he established New Jersey’s first heart transplant program.
The Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant program at Newark Beth Israel
just celebrated reaching a milestone 1,000 heart transplants performed,
a distinction held by only 11 other hospitals nationwide.
The general public is encouraged to cast their vote from November 1- November
26, 2017. The individuals with the most votes in each category are automatically
inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Dr. Victor Parsonnet is one
of 10 finalists in the Enterprise category. To cast your vote for Dr.
Victor Parsonnet go to
In addition to his many clinical accomplishments, Dr. Parsonnet is an avid
lover of the performing arts and served as chairman of the New Jersey
Symphony Orchestra for 17 years. He was an early supporter of the creation
of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and a pianist and avid tennis player.
About Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, 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
five 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.
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ), located at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, cares for children from
birth through adolescence, with more than 30 specialized pediatric services
including New Jersey’s largest Valerie Fund Children’s Center
for Cancer and Blood Disorders; and the Children’s Heart Center
that offers a complete range of medical and surgical treatments for the
most complex cardiac abnormalities. Children’s Hospital of New Jersey
also includes a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a Level IV Regional Perinatal
Center that offers New Jersey’s only Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
(ECMO) therapy; and the highest level of intensive care for both mothers