Nationally Renowned Physician, Judy Aschner, M.D. to Lead Children’s Care Transformation Services at Hackensack Meridian Health and Pediatrics at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital

December 19, 2018

Judy Aschner, M.D. has been named the Clinical Director of Hackensack Meridian Health Children’s Care Transformation Service and Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D. Ph.D. Chair of Pediatrics; Physician in Chief for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center; and professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. Aschner previously served as the Michael I. Cohen Professor and University Chair of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, NY.

“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Judy Aschner, a nationally recognized leader in neonatology and pediatrics as both the Hackensack Meridian Health Clinical Director for Children’s Care Transformation Service and the Marvin I. Gottlieb Chair of Pediatrics and Physician in Chief at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., regional president, northern market, Hackensack Meridian Health.

A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, Dr. Aschner completed her medical school training, pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Aschner previously held the position of the Julia Carell Stadler Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Aschner has mentored the next generation of neonatologists and pediatricians and collaborated with institutions across the United States and around the world to improve the outcomes of pregnancy and particularly the health outcomes of infants born prematurely. Her NIH-funded translational research program focuses on novel therapies to prevent and treat neonatal lung diseases and understanding and mitigating the impact of environmental exposures in infancy on health outcomes for infants and children. She is a Principal Investigator of the multi-center “Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE)” study, a longitudinal study of early life environmental exposures and health outcomes in children who were born extremely preterm. This study is part of the NIH-supported Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, a national study of nearly 50,000 children.

“Dr. Aschner will continue to elevate the entire Pediatric care transformation service and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital on the national stage and be a steward of the highest quality patient care; we are excited to have her join the Hackensack Meridian Health family,” said Dean Lin, president of care transformation services and physician practices, Hackensack Meridian Health.

As Clinical Director for Children’s Care Transformation Service, she will provide leadership across the network to ensure excellence in pediatric quality, clinical programs and patient experience. As the Marvin I. Gottlieb Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, she will assume overall responsibility for its quality patient care, research, advocacy and educational missions. Her role includes oversight and credentialing, maintaining a high standard of professional performance by the team and developing and growing specialty programs. She will also serve as professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.

“Dr. Aschner’s clinical experience and family-centered approach to care will be an excellent addition here at Hackensack Meridian Health,” said William Faverzani, FACHE, vice president, Senior Operations Officer of Children’s Enterprise, Hackensack Meridian Health, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Aschner has held a number of leadership roles in state and national organizations, including Secretary-Treasurer of the American Pediatric Society and Chair of the Organization of Neonatology Program Directors. She was recently elected as Chair of the Federation of Pediatrics Organizations (FOPO). On the international stage, she is vice chairperson and member of the Board of Directors of IPOKRaTES Foundation, an organization dedicated to continuing medical education in the developing world. She is a member of the Board of External Experts (BEE) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution of the NIH, and is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes. She lectures widely on topics related to neonatal lung disease and environmental health in the US and abroad.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has nearly 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University – in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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About Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-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 33,000 team members and more than 6,500 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the top two hospitals in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospital rankings. It was also named one of the top five 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 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 25 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.

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