Hackensack University Medical Center Holds 29th Annual Medical and Dental Staff Scholarship Awards Ceremony

June 11, 2019

The Medical and Dental Staff at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. 

Front Row, from left to right:  Fiona Ihde, Glen Ridge, NJ; Claudia Bardellini, Fair Lawn, NJ; Samantha Medeiros, Fairfield, NJ; Andrew Capone, Wayne, NJ; Richard Nierenberg, M.D., senior attending physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center; Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Hackensack Meridian Health; Sarah Timmapuri, M.D., co-president, Medical and Dental Staff, Hackensack University Medical Center; Lisa Tank, M.D., chief medical officer, Hackensack University Medical Center; Magdalena Spariosu, M.D., interim chair, Department of Behavioral Health, Hackensack University Medical Center; Michael Wilderman, M.D., FACS, chief of Endovascular Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center; and Han Nguyen, M.D., attending physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Hackensack University Medical Center.

Back Row, from left to right:
Justin Thomas Pyle, Wayne, NJ; Jack Kramer, Ramsey, NJ; Sanjeev Patel M.D., attending physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Hackensack University Medical Center; Michelle Uberbacher, Dumont, NJ; Cristina Cicogna, M.D., senior attending physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Hackensack University Medical Center; Ravi Munver, M.D., vice chair, Department of Urology, Hackensack University Medical Center; Kodi Peters, Bergenfield, NJ; Mark Tanchel M.D., senior attending physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hackensack University Medical Center; and Elizabeth Boateng, Hackensack, NJ. (Not pictured:  Sharon Guerrero, Haledon, NJ.)

The Medical and Dental Staff at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony.  The scholarships are awarded to hospital team members and their dependents. This year, 10 individuals each received scholarships in the amount of $3,000. The scholarships were presented by 10 physician honorees.

“It is our honor and privilege to present these 10 students with a scholarship to help them further their education goals,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Hackensack Meridian Health.  “I am very proud of our medical and dental team members for their participation and dedication to this scholarship program.”

The Medical and Dental Scholarship Awards program began in 1991 by Michael Petriella, M.D., former vice chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. It was Dr. Petriella’s belief that non-physician team members should be recognized for the work they do and be encouraged to pursue their education.  Nearly 300 employees and their dependents have received this scholarship since 1991.

Applicants are judged on their essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, service to the community and letters of acceptance to colleges, graduate schools or accredited institutions.  The awards are funded by dues collected from the physicians of the Hackensack University Medical Center Medical and Dental Staff.  In the last 25 years, the scholarships have been named in honor of Hackensack University Medical Center physicians.