The cardiothoracic surgeons are highly-trained experts in all areas of adult cardiac surgery including: coronary artery bypass surgery, repair or replacement of diseased cardiac valves, repair of aneurysms of the heart and aorta, removal of cardiac tumors, repair of congenital abnormalities in adult patients, surgery for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias including implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators. They use specialized techniques of coronary artery bypass surgery for those patients whose coronary artery disease requires surgical treatment, thoracic aortic stent grafting, and minimally-invasive procedures for lung and valve surgeries.
The new division will be led by Mark Anderson, MD, professor of surgery and chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ. He is an expert in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, cardiopulmonary transplantation and ventricular assistance, heart transplantation, and implantation of left ventricular assist (LVAD) devices. Dr. Anderson was the first physician in the nation to implant the AbioCor self-contained artificial heart since the device received FDA approval in 2006. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont, and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College.
“St. Francis is proud to welcome Dr. Mark Anderson and his team of surgeons from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to our cardiothoracic program. This partnership will continue the trend of excellence and quality for the members of our community.” says Jerry Jablonowski, president and CEO of St. Francis Medical Center.
“We are pleased to expand our services and partner with St. Francis Medical Center,” said Peter. S. Amenta, MD, PhD, Dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. “Our cardiothoracic surgeons will provide expert care to residents in the Trenton area, diminishing the need to travel and ensuring a continuity of care for St. Francis patients.”
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital, which features regional services including LIFE St. Francis, the first Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in the state of New Jersey; the Heart Hospital; Regional Cancer Center; Neuroscience Institute; St. Francis LifeCare Physicians, PC, a network of primary care physicians and surgeons; The Imaging Center; Sleep Medicine Center, and an extensive Community Outreach Program.
About UMDNJ-ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON MEDICAL SCHOOL
As one of the nation’s leading comprehensive medical schools, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education, research, health care delivery, and the promotion of community health. In cooperation with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, the medical school’s principal affiliate, they comprise New Jersey’s premier academic medical center. In addition, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School has 34 other hospital affiliates and ambulatory care sites throughout the region.
As one of the eight schools of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with 2,800 full-time and volunteer faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School encompasses 22 basic science and clinical departments, hosts centers and institutes including The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, and the Stem Cell Institute of New Jersey. The medical school maintains educational programs at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels for more than 1,500 students on its campuses in New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Camden, and provides continuing education courses for health care professionals and community education programs. To learn more about UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, log on to rwjms.umdnj.edu. Find our fan page at www.Facebook.com/RWJMS and follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/UMDNJ_RWJMS.