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Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases Opens at Overlook Hospital

Summit, NJ, April 2011 – The leadership at Overlook Hospital is proud to announce the opening of the Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases located in the Medical Arts Building 1, 33 Overlook Road, Suite 211.

Two leading physicians, Neil Kramer, MD, and Elliot D. Rosenstein, MD, and highly regarded academic rheumatologists will be joining Overlook’s new Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases. Doctors Kramer and Rosenstein have had decades of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of systemic rheumatic and other inflammatory musculoskeletal diseases and are nationally recognized leaders in the field of rheumatology.

In addition to its clinical resources, the Institute will include an on-site infusion center and be in close proximity to laboratory and imaging services. Multi-specialty centers of excellence to treat complex conditions are being organized in conjunction with physical therapy and pain management, as is an active clinical research division to develop improved treatment modalities. Education services for physicians, patients and the community will be provided.

“I am excited at the opportunity to advance clinical research in the field of rheumatology and autoimmune diseases at Overlook Hospital,” said Dr. Kramer. “It will allow our patients to enter clinical trials of new treatments.”

The Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at Overlook Hospital will specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and degenerative musculoskeletal diseases, with a focus on diseases of auto-immune origin, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, spondyloarthropathies and vasculitis.

"Although many rheumatic diseases affect the joints, the inflammatory conditions we deal with really know no boundaries and can affect many different organ systems, making a multidisciplinary approach essential to effective diagnosis and treatment," says Dr. Rosenstein. Collaborations with other medical disciplines at Overlook including nephrology, pulmonary, ophthalmology, dermatology, high-risk obstetrics, physiatry and orthopedic surgery will be the foundation of the integrated programs offered at the Institute.

The availability of cutting-edge imaging techniques such as ultrasonography of cranial vessels and newer magnetic resonance imaging methods for evaluating joint and muscle inflammation will help maximize accurate diagnosis and minimize patient discomfort.

"We were delighted to recruit Doctors Kramer and Rosenstein to create the Institute,” said Alan Lieber, president, Overlook Hospital. “Their expertise in the field of rheumatology complements the high quality physicians practicing at Overlook, our high-level of diagnostics and research capabilities and existing centers of excellence.”

Dr. Neil Kramer received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU/Manhattan VA Medical Center, and fellowship in clinical and experimental rheumatology at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Kramer is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He served on the American College of Rheumatology Task Force on Alternative Therapies. He has published over 50 scientific articles, monographs and chapters. He is past president of the New Jersey Rheumatology Association.

Dr. Elliot Rosenstein received his medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his internship, residency and chief residency in internal medicine, and fellowship in clinical and experimental rheumatology at New York University/Bellevue Medical Center. Dr. Rosenstein is Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Clinical Immunology at Mount Sinai and is an adjunct professor at NYU and New Jersey Dental School in New Brunswick.

Dr. Rosenstein is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. He has published over 50 scientific articles, monographs and chapters. He is a former editor of the American College of Rheumatology Hotline. He is past president of the New Jersey Rheumatology Association. He is on the board of directors of the Arthritis Foundation - New Jersey Chapter and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lupus Foundation of America – New Jersey Chapter.

For appointments and patient referrals, please call the Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at 908-598-7940.

About Atlantic Health

Atlantic Health is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Memorial Hospital, Overlook Hospital in Summit and Newton Medical Center. A 2011 Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. survey ranks Morristown Memorial as the No. 1 hospital in New Jersey and the No. 1 hospital for treatment of heart failure and coronary surgery in the state. The Castle Connolly survey findings also establish Overlook Hospital as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and No. 2 for stroke treatment in NJ. Atlantic Health is the official health care provider of the New York Jets and New Jersey Devils.

The three hospitals have a combined total of 1,308 licensed beds and more than 2,750 affiliated physicians providing a wide array of health care services to the residents of Northern and Central New Jersey, and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Specialty services include cardiovascular care, neurosciences, pediatrics, cancer care; orthopedics, diabetes care, gastroenterology, trauma and emergency medicine, behavioral health, minimally invasive surgery, radiology and advanced diagnostics, women’s health and maternal fetal medicine, home and hospice care and rehabilitation services.

Atlantic Health is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Atlantic Health’s hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission. Atlantic Health has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” Atlantic Health has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the organization’s “Best Employers for Workers over 50.”

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