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Newswise — Two physicians — David Serur, M.D., and Vikram Wadhera, M.B. B.S. — have joined the surgical team at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation.
Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur will join the Division of Abdominal Organ Transplant in performing and managing kidney, pancreas, and simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplantation, under the direction of Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS, director of Abdominal Organ Transplant, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, and Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation at Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation.
“Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur are board-certified, fellowship-trained experts in organ transplantation, and I am pleased to welcome them to their new positions,” said Dr. Goldstein. “I am confident that Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur will use their expertise, experience, and training to provide lifesaving, innovative patient care while helping Hackensack University Medical Center continue to grow its organ transplantation program.”
Dr. Serur received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his residency at Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York, and completed his fellowship in nephrology at New York Hospital. Before accepting his position at Hackensack University Medical Center, he served as medical director at the Rogosin Institute Transplant Program in New York City.
After receiving his medical degree from Bangalore Medical College in India, Dr. Wadhera completed his residency at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in Bronx, New York, and Staten Island University Hospital in Staten Island, New York. Dr. Wadhera completed his fellowship in transplant surgery at the Recanati-Miller Transplant Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. Before accepting his position at Hackensack University Medical Center, he served as an assistant professor of surgery at the Recanati-Miller Transplant Institute.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur to our transplantation team and look forward to the many ways in which they will contribute to the outstanding transplantation care we provide,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center.
“Hackensack University Medical Center’s transplant center is among the fastest-growing in the nation, delivering some of the best kidney transplant outcomes and has the shortest wait for a new kidney when compared other transplant centers in the tri-state area,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACS, regional president, Northern Market, Hackensack Meridian Health. “The skills and experience that Dr. Wadhera and Dr. Serur bring to our transplantation team will not only advance our hospital’s program, but will also contribute to advances in the field of transplantation care.”
As one of only a few certified transplant centers in New Jersey, Hackensack University Medical Center’s Division of Organ Transplantation provides complete pre-transplant evaluation, surgical services, and post-operative care. Along with its board-certified physicians, a team of transplant nurses and other professionals provide care and support for transplant patients and their families throughout the organ transplantation process.
To learn more about transplant services at Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center, please call 551-996-2608 or visit www.hackensackumc.org/services/organ-transplants/.
For more information, please contact Mary McGeever, PR Manger, [email protected].
Photo Caption: Ankita Patel, M.D., transplant nephrologist; Michael J. Goldstein, M.D., FACS, director of Abdominal Organ Transplant, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, and Pediatric Abdominal Transplantation; David Serur, M.D., medical director, Renal Transplant; Vikram Wadhera, M.B. B.S., transplant surgeon.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH HACKENSACK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.
Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 17 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin; a behavioral health hospital – Carrier Clinic in Belle Mead; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.
Additionally, the network has more than 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has more than 35,000 team members, and 7,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.
The network’s notable distinctions include having four hospitals among the top in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center and being named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2019” list.
The Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University opened in 2018, the first private medical school in New Jersey in more than 50 years, welcomed its second class of 96 students in 2019 to its On3 campus in Nutley and Clifton. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it.
Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.
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