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Atlantic Health System and NYU Langone Health announce partnership on organ transplantation

Health systems to coordinate transplant care at Morristown Medical Center for heart patients and Overlook Medical Center for liver patients, with surgeries at NYU Langone

Two of the leading names in health care in the tri-state region, New Jersey–based Atlantic Health System and New York–based NYU Langone Health, are teaming up to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care needed to stay healthy.

The clinical affiliation will partner NYU Langone’s nationally recognized transplant program with the nationally ranked Atlantic Health System Heart Care program located at Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute (Morristown, NJ) and the pioneering liver services at Overlook Medical Center (Summit, NJ).

“This new affiliation will strengthen our nationally ranked cardiac program, while significantly enhancing our ability to care for patients with advanced liver disease,” Atlantic Health System President and CEO Brian Gragnolati said. “Our patients will now have the combination of access to one of the nation’s leading transplantation programs, with expert care both in New York and close to home in New Jersey that will ensure continuity of care and the best outcomes.”

Eligible patients throughout the region will be able to receive comprehensive pre- and post-transplant care close to home from Atlantic Health System’s top-ranked hospitals and health care providers and have transplants performed through the renowned NYU Langone Transplant Institute.

“This new partnership will elevate transplant care for thousands of New Jersey families—and save many lives,” said Robert Montgomery, MD, DPhil, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute and the H. Leon Pachter Chair of Surgery at NYU Langone. “Our comprehensive team of specialized surgeons, physicians, nurse coordinators, pharmacists, nutritionists, and social workers is excited to offer world-class care to patients of the Atlantic Health System and advance our joint mission to expand access to organ transplantation.”

At Morristown Medical Center, which is nationally ranked for cardiovascular medicine, pre- and post-op care for heart transplant patients will take place at Atlantic Health System’s Heart Failure program, a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, and registered nurses, led by Abhishek Singh, MD, PhD, who is boarded in advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology.

At Overlook, Atlantic Health and NYU Langone will collaborate to develop a robust liver disease and transplant service, that will diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of liver disease. Overlook Medical Center’s vascular lab is already pioneering the diagnosis and treatment of fatty liver disease through a combination of transient elastography and portal duplex ultrasound.

Liver transplant care will begin on-site at Overlook with Harmit S. Kalia, DO, a board-certified hepatologist and director of liver transplant outreach at NYU Langone, who will join Overlook’s medical staff while continuing to practice at NYU Langone.

The majority of pre- and post-op care for liver transplant patients can be provided by Atlantic Health System at Overlook, which offers a full radiological suite of services, including interventional radiologists who treat advanced liver disease, led by Yousaf Mahmood, MD.

Jay Edwards

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