HackensackUMC – Columbia University Medical Center Collaborate to Provide Liver Care and Transplantation Services for Patients in New Jersey and New York

August 11, 2016

A new agreement between Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, and Columbia University Medical Center’s (CUMC) Division of Liver Disease and Transplantation, will provide patients in New Jersey greater access to the latest innovations and treatment options in liver care.

“This new collaboration addresses the needs of patients with liver disease, including cancer, by bringing together Columbia University, one of the nation’s top academic medical centers and best in New York, with HackensackUMC, listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 Best Hospital rankings,” said Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC.

About 30 million people in the United States—one in 10—have some form of liver disease, according to the American Liver Foundation.  These illnesses include infections with hepatitis A, B or C viruses, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Through the agreement, Columbia physicians will provide consultation for HackensackUMC outpatient clinical services and 24/7 phone consultations for HackensackUMC patients and affiliated physicians.  Columbia will assist HackensackUMC in the developing of hepatology best practices for treatment and referral of patients with advanced liver-related conditions, including patient evaluations for liver transplantations.  Columbia will assist HackensackUMC to develop quality assurance policies and procedures as needed to further enhance the clinical care provided to HackensackUMC liver inpatients.

The Columbia physicians participating in the new collaboration include members of the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation, which offers adults and children with liver disease the seamless integration of medical, surgical and radiologic expertise.  Founded in 1998, the Center has performed 1,985 liver transplants as of June 30, 2016, and has cared for thousands of patients with liver disease and liver cancer.

The Columbia Center for Liver Disease and Translplantation offers patients care from multidisciplinary experts with extensive experience diagnosing and treating all forms and stages of liver disease, including antiviral treatment for Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B infections as well as liver transplantation.  Patients referred to the Center receive care from the close collaboration of clinical specialists including hepatologists, gastroenterologists, hepatobiliary surgeons, diagnostic and pathology experts, advanced-care nurses, social workers, and patient support staff affiliated with the program.  The Center’s team assesses and treats liver disease, liver cancer, bile duct cancers and cancer that started elsewhere in the body and has spread to the liver with standard medical or surgical therapies, as well as clinical trials of promising investigational medicines and procedures.

Photo caption: A new agreement between Hackensack University Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center’s Division of Liver Disease and Transplantation, will provide patients in New Jersey greater access to the latest innovations and treatment options in liver care.  Both teams met to initiate this collaboration and enhance the clinical care for HackensackUMC liver inpatients.

Back row, left to right: Neetu Chahil, M.D., gastroenterologist, HackensackUMC; Mark Tanchel, M.D., gastroenterologist, HackensackUMC; Eric Rosendorf, M.D., gastroenterologist, HackensackUMC; Lisa Tank, M.D., vice president, Medical Affairs, HackensackUMC; Joseph Jerome, administrator, Medical Affairs, HackensackUMC;  Sharad Sahu, M.D., vice president of Clinical Integration and chief, General Internal Medicine, HackensackUMC; Jean Emond, M.D., vice chair, Department of Surgery and chief of Transplantation, executive director, Transplant Initiative, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia; Rosario Ligresti, M.D., FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology, HackensackUMC; Paul J. Gaglio, M.D., FACP, AGAF, FAASLD, director, Hepatology Outreach, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia; Jonathan Yeh, P.A., gastroenterology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia. Front row, left to right: Mercedes Martinez, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics, medical director for the Intestinal Transplant Program at the Center for Liver Disease and Abdominal Organ Transplantation, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia; Jennifer Vittorio, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics in Pediatric Hepatology and assistant attending pediatrician, NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital; Steve Lobritto, M.D., Pediatric Transplant Hepatology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia; Lorna Dove, M.D., MPH, Transplant Hepatology, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

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 a member of Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest networks in the state comprised of 28,000 team members and more than 6,000 physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2016-17 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.

About Columbia University Medical Center
Columbia University Medical Center provides international leadership in basic, preclinical, and clinical research; medical and health sciences education; and patient care. The medical center trains future leaders and includes the dedicated work of many physicians, scientists, public health professionals, dentists, and nurses at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Mailman School of Public Health, the College of Dental Medicine, the School of Nursing, the biomedical departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and allied research centers and institutions. Columbia University Medical Center is home to the largest medical research enterprise in New York City and State and one of the largest faculty medical practices in the Northeast. For more information, visit cumc.columbia.edu or columbiadoctors.org.