Robert L. Berkowitz, M.D., director of the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program at the Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC, has been named Physician of the Year and Carlos Ruiz, M.D., director, Structural and Congenital Heart Center at the Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC has been named Co-Researcher of the Year by the American Heart Association at its Annual Affair of the Heart Ball. The 19th Annual Affair of the Heart Ball was held Saturday, May 7, at The Grove, 691 Pompton Avenue in Cedar Grove, NJ.
“Dr. Berkowitz weaves compassion for his patients and expert use of the latest technologies in his tireless work in the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program at HackensackUMC. He was an excellent candidate to be named Physician of the Year by the American Heart Association,” said Joseph Parrillo, M.D., chairman of the Heart & Vascular Hospital at HackensackUMC.
“Dr. Ruiz is exactly the right person to be awarded Researcher of the Year as he has produced over 300 publications and given more than 500 presentations world-wide on new devices, ideas and ways to treat patients. Congratulations to him for being recognized with this award for all of his achievements,” added Dr. Parrillo.
Dr. Ruiz shared the 2016 Researcher of the Year Award with Robert M. Kipperman, M.D., Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown Medical Center.
The Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC’s “hospital within a hospital” provides a full-range of state-of-the-art invasive and non-invasive services, including electrophysiology studies, a state-designated cardiac catheterization center, and one of the largest cardiac surgery programs in the state. Inpatients and outpatients are treated for all types of cardiac and vascular diseases by an array of specialists—all from one central location. This collaborative, multidisciplinary model allows for more efficient and effective care.
The American Heart Association’s 2016 Affair of the Heart Ball is a celebration of the mission, passion, work, and life-changing and life-saving achievements of the American Heart Association | American Stroke Association and its remarkable community of volunteer advocates, champions and leaders. The Affair of the Heart Ball recognizes and celebrates excellence in heart and stroke science, research, health care, treatment and community involvement; innovative and life-changing work that enables people from all walks of life to live healthier, stronger, longer lives.
Photo Caption: From left to right: Robert L. Berkowitz, M.D., director of the Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC; Joseph Parrillo, M.D., chairman, Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC; Carlos Ruiz, M.D., director, Structural and Congenital Heart Center, Heart & Vascular Hospital, HackensackUMC; Robert M. Kipperman, M.D., Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Morristown Medical Center; Robert J. Hariri, M.D., chairman, founder and chief Scientific Officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, chairman, Affair of the Heart Ball.
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.