Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center Physicians Recognized as Top Doctors

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is pleased to announce that 37 of its affiliated physicians have been recognized by Inside Jersey magazine as Top Doctors.

"We are extremely proud of the outstanding members of our medical team who have earned this well-deserved recognition," said Anthony J. Passannante Jr., M.D., FACC, acting president of Palisades Medical Center. "Every day, our physicians provide our patients with the highest quality care in a patient-centered environment. They help ensure that the best possible care is always available for our communities."

In making the Inside Jersey magazine selections, Castle Connolly conducts a peer nomination, review and screening process with a doctor-directed research team. According to Castle Connolly, nominated physicians should be chosen because of their excellent training and clinical skills, along with the time, care and concern they provide to patients. The Palisades Medical Center-affiliated physicians on the 2017 Top Doctors list includes the following:

  • Irfan M. Admani, M.D. — Interventional Cardiology
  • Frederick Alexander, M.D. — Pediatric Surgery
  • Manuel Alverez, M.D. — Maternal & Fetal Medicine
  • Hooman Azmi-Ghadimi, M.D. — Neurological Surgery
  • Adam Scott Becker, M.D. — Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Peter Caride, M.D. — Gastroenterology
  • Rakesh S. Chhabra, M.D. — Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Leigh Ettinger, M.D. — Pediatric Nephrology
  • David Y. Feigenblum, M.D. — Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Michael A. Giuliano, D.O. — Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Victor Gorloff, M.D. — Pulmonary Disease
  • Sam H. Hessami, M.D. — Urogynecology/Female Pelvic Med & Reconstruct Surgery
  • Martin S. Karpeh Jr., M.D. — Surgery
  • Michael A. Kelly, M.D. — Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Selwyn E. Levine, M.D. — Pulmonary Disease
  • Kenneth V. Lieberman, M.D. — Pediatric Nephrology
  • Angel J. Mulkay, M.D. — Cardiovascular Disease
  • Theophanis Pavlou, M.D. — Pulmonary Disease
  • Andrew L. Pecora, M.D. — Medical Oncology
  • Harold Perl, M.D. — Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Benjamin C. Planer II, M.D. — Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Suri B. Ponamgi, M.D. — Plastic Surgery
  • Rick Pumill, M.D. — Cardiovascular Disease
  • Don S. Respler, M.D. — Pediatric Otolaryngology
  • Patrick A. Roth, M.D. — Neurological Surgery
  • Scott D. Ruffo, M.D. — Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Richard L. Salzer Jr., M.D. — Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fernando Segovia, M.D. — Cardiovascular Disease
  • Gregory T. Simonian, M.D. — Vascular Surgery
  • Grant R. Simons, M.D. — Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Ronald H. Sultan, M.D. — Surgery
  • Stephen Thomsen, M.D. — Nephrology
  • Robert J. Tozzi, M.D. — Pediatric Cardiology
  • Roy D. Vingan, M.D. — Neurological Surgery
  • Daniel E. Walzman, M.D. — Neurological Surgery
  • Austin H. Wong, M.D. — Pediatric Cardiology
  • Sina Zaim, M.D. — Cardiac Electrophysiology

The selected Palisades Medical Center-affiliated physicians are among 2,128 physicians receiving this recognition statewide. To see the entire list, please visit www.castleconnolly.com.

About Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Health Palisades Medical Center is located at 7600 River Road in North Bergen, NJ, and it serves a population of 400,000 in Hudson and southern Bergen counties. The not-for-profit medical center is a part of the Hackensack Meridian Health System, and it features a 202-bed hospital and The Harborage, a 245-bed nursing home and rehabilitation center.

Palisades Medical Center is ranked as one of the top hospitals of its size in New Jersey by Inside Jersey magazine and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. The New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) has honored Palisades Medical Center with its prestigious Community Outreach Award for its year-round commitment to educate residents, improve access to care, and reduce health disparities. Palisades Medical Center is the largest employer in its service area, with more than 1,300 employees. It has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare's Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, please call (201) 854-5000 or visit www.palisadesmedical.org.

About Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the 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 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children's hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 120 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, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 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, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, 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." 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.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children's hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; 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.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.