Hackensack University Medical Center Announces Dr. Lisa Tank Named Vice President of Medical Affairs

April 13, 2016


Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, HackensackUMC.

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) is pleased to announce Lisa Tank, M.D. has been named vice president of Medical Affairs.  Under this new role, Dr. Tank will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing all of the daily operating activities of the clinical departments and medical staff.  She will work with the chairs, chiefs, school of medicine leadership, and administrators to drive the organization to higher levels of performance and innovation.

“As chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Lisa has been instrumental to the upward trajectory of HackensackUMC’s geriatrics program. She is an excellent choice as vice president of medical affairs to continue our reputation as the number one hospital in New Jersey,” said Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, president, HackensackUMC.

As director of Medical Affairs, Dr. Tank focused on medical, regulatory and compliance issues as they relate to the Joint Commission, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the medical staff and other regulatory agencies.  In her tenure at HackensackUMC, she implemented and expanded several core programs and best practice processes.

Recently recognized by the American Geriatrics Society as Clinician of the Year, Dr. Tank is committed to advancing her mission to provide the highest-quality, evidence-based care while partnering with interdisciplinary teams and subspecialties. Her goal is to inspire and educate students, residents and fellows in all disciplines to improve patient care and preserve quality of care.

“Dr. Tank’s dedication to providing dignified and dynamic care for the growing number of seniors in our community has improved the lives of her patients and paved the way for HackensackUMC to be a leader in the field,” added Sawczuk.

Dr. Tank has served as chief of the HackensackUMC Geriatrics Fellowship Program from 2007 to 2015 and also serves as assistant professor, Internal Medicine, at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.  She was selected as a member of the 2015-2016 class of the Greater New York Hospital Association/United Hospital Fund Clinical Quality Fellowship Program.

In 2012, under Dr. Tank’s leadership the geriatrics program attained Level 3 Certification from the Patient-Centered Medical Home Program by the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the highest level possible. With this distinction, HackensackUMC became the first hospital in the country to earn this Disease Specific Certification (DSC) in Delirium with the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal.  Dr. Tank has also helped to implement and expand several core programs serving older adults and students of geriatric nursing and medicine, from the Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP) to screen, diagnose, and treat delirium in older adults to platforms for ensuring that geriatrics remains front-and-center in HackensackUMC’s training protocols.

Photo: Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, HackensackUMC.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a 775- 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 the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings – maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC 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. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 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 fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer 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. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.