Hackensack University Medical Center Affiliated Doctors and Dentists Recognized as Top Doctors and Top Dentists

January 2, 2018

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that 54 of its affiliated doctors and 12 of its affiliated dentists have been recognized in the November/December 2017 issue of (201) family magazine as Top Doctors and Top Dentists.

“I want to congratulate our team members for achieving this significant recognition,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of Hackensack University Medical Center. “Their extraordinary skill and dedication helps to ensure that we provide the highest quality, human-centered care.”

“Congratulations to these outstanding physicians and dentists recognized by (201) Family Magazine for their hard work and dedication,” said Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Their commitment to our patients is a reflection of our organization’s success in providing world-class health care.”

According to 201 family, MSP Communications asked doctors and dentists in the area which colleagues they would choose for themselves or a loved one. The Super Doctors and Super Dentists research teams investigated further to identify exceptional candidates. Those who scored the highest in peer surveys and research outcomes were selected for inclusion on this year’s lists.

The following Hackensack University Medical Center-affiliated doctors have been recognized as (201) family Top Doctors: Allergy and Immunology: Howard Friedman, M.D., Ziv M. Harish, M.D.,

Neil I. Minikes, M.D.; Cardiology: Barry Love, M.D., Robert J. Tozzi, M.D.; Critical Care Medicine: Mark E. Siegel, M.D.; Dermatology: Julie Schaffer, M.D., Helen T. Shin, M.D.; Emergency Medicine: Ruth E. Borgen, M.D.; Endocrinology: Javier E. Aisenberg, M.D., Genna W. Klein, M.D.; Gastroenterology: Wendy C. Jeshion, M.D.; Hematology: Burton Appel, M.D.; Infectious Disease: Aryeh Z. Baer, M.D., Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D., Julia A. Piwoz, M.D., Kevin A. Slavin, M.D.; Internal Medicine: Joseph Giangola, M.D., Sharad Sahu, M.D.; Nephrology: Kenneth V Lieberman, M.D.; Neurological Surgery: Arno H. Fried, M.D., Catherine A. Mazzola, M.D.; Oncology: Frances Flug, M.D., Glen Gejerman, M.D.; Ophthalmology: Glen M. Bianchi, M.D., Richard N. Palu, M.D.; Orthopaedic Surgery: Douglas G. Avella, M.D., Dante A. Implicito, M.D., Michael A. Kelly, M.D., David E. Konigsberg, M.D., James Wittig, M.D.; Otolaryngology: David H. Henick, M.D., Jonathan A. Lesserson, M.D., Don S. Respler, M.D., Jared M. Wasserman, M.D.; Pediatric Surgery: Frederick Alexander, M.D., Sandra S. Tomita, M.D.; Pediatrics: Jeffrey M. Bienstock, M.D., Maury Buchalter, M.D., Latha Jadhav, M.D., David M. Namerow, M.D., Rona S. Riegelhaupt, M.D., Darren A. Saks, M.D., Daniel Samadi, M.D., David A. Schaumberger, M.D, Lynn M. Sugarman, M.D., Christopher Weiss, D.O.; Plastic Surgery: Sidney Rabinowitz, M.D.; Rheumatology: Kathleen A. Haines, M.D., Yukiko Kimura, M.D., Suzanne C. Li, M.D., Jennifer E. Weiss, M.D.; Sleep Medicine: Ira Esformes, M.D.; Urology: Harry Koo, M.D.

The following Hackensack University Medical Center-affiliated dentists have been recognized as (201) family Top Dentists: General Practice: Jody Z. Bardash, D.M.D., Kevin M. Heaney, D.D.S., Jerry H. Stahl, D.M.D., Louis R. Vita, D.D.S.; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery: Jason M. Auerbach, D.D.S., Steven M. Moss, D.M.D., Vincent Novelli, D.M.D.; Orthodontist: James J. Bancroft, D.M.D.; Pediatric: Medina D. Dadurian, D.M.D., Rosalie P. Nguyen, D.M.D.; Steven J. Segal, D.D.S., Sari C. Zimmer, D.M.D.


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.