Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation Welcomes Formal Investiture of Patrick A. Roth, M.D., Recipient and Steward of the Viswanathan Rajaraman, M.D. Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery

December 4, 2017

The Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation welcomes the formal investiture of Patrick A. Roth, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, as recipient and steward of the Viswanathan Rajaraman, M.D. Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

“I want to thank Dr. Roth, his fellow founding partner at North Jersey Brain and Spine Center, Roy Vingan, M.D., and their physician partners, George Kaptain, M.D., Daniel Walzman, M.D., Hooman Azmi, M.D., Kangmin Lee, M.D., Harshpal Singh, M.D., Reza Karimi, M.D., Mohammed Faraz Khan, M.D., and Timothy Vogel, M.D.,” said Bonita Stanton, M.D., founding dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. “We are grateful for their generosity and leadership.”

Dr. Roth, Dr. Vingan and their colleagues are generously contributing a total of $1.25 million to create the endowed chair for the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University to honor the memory of their colleague, Dr. Rajaraman.

“I am truly humbled to serve as the steward of the Viswanathan Rajaraman, M.D. Endowed Chair in Neurosurgery,” said Dr. Roth. “Dr. Rajaraman was deeply respected and beloved – and it is my honor to help to ensure his legacy with great meaning and purpose.” Endowed chairs are among the highest honors conferred in academia.

“This generous gift is a demonstration of remarkable dedication to excellence in medicine,”said Jon Fitzgerald, president and chief development officer of the Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “We are extremely grateful for this commitment to the medical leaders of tomorrow.”

In 2016, Seton Hall and Hackensack Meridian Health signed a long-term lease agreement for a new health and medical sciences campus consisting of 16 acres and two state-of-the-art buildings on the ON 3 Campus in Nutley and Clifton, New Jersey.

The Seton Hall and Hackensack Meridian Health partnership is expected to provide a significant economic boost to the region and help address a projected physician shortage. In addition to the school of medicine, the new campus also will house Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences. The move has widely been hailed as an important first step to help revitalize the area following the departure of Hoffmann-La Roche.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center
Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, 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 now part of one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 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. 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 2017. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 23 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. Hackensack University Medical Center 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. 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 SETON HALL UNIVERSITY
One of the country’s leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and offering more than 90 rigorous academic programs, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been singled out for distinction by The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Seton Hall embraces students of all religions and prepares them to be exemplary servant leaders and global citizens. In recent years, the University has achieved extraordinary success. Since 2009, it has seen record-breaking undergraduate enrollment growth and an impressive 93-point increase in the average SAT scores of incoming freshmen. In the past decade, Seton Hall students and alumni have received 24 Fulbright Scholarships as well as other prestigious academic honors, including Boren Awards, Pickering Fellowships, Udall Scholarships and a Rhodes Scholarship. In the past five years, the University has invested more than $150 million in new campus buildings and renovations. And in 2015, Seton Hall launched a School of Medicine as well as a College of Communication and the Arts. A founding member of the Big East Conference, the Seton Hall Pirates field 14 NCAA Division I varsity sports teams.

The University’s beautiful main campus is located in suburban South Orange, New Jersey, and is only 14 miles from New York City — offering students a wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities. Seton Hall’s nationally recognized School of Law is prominently located in downtown Newark. The University’s new Interprofessional Health Sciences (IHS) campus in Clifton and Nutley, N.J. will open in the summer of 2018. The IHS campus will house Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Sciences as well as the Seton Hall-Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.

For more information, visit www.shu.edu.