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Morristown Medical Center Names World-Renowned Expert on Valve Heart Disease, Echocardiography as Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine

MORRISTOWN, NJ, JUNE 2012 – Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, has been named Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine for Atlantic Health System, parent organization for Morristown, Overlook, and Newton Medical Center. Gillam specializes in valvular heart disease, echocardiography, and heart disease in women.

Gillam joined Atlantic Health System in 2011 as vice chair of cardiovascular medicine. She has been working with the cardiovascular team to expand the system's valvular disease program into a multidisciplinary center that includes the latest imaging capabilities, genomics, clinical trials, and advanced surgical and interventional techniques.

With Gillam's arrival also comes the expansion of Atlantic Health System's Women's Heart Program across all three hospital campuses. This initiative recognizes that women have specialized cardiovascular health needs, and the program is designed to provide gender-specific diagnosis and treatment techniques for women with known or suspected heart disease.

"Dr. Gillam brings her extensive expertise to Atlantic Health System to expand what is already one of the region's premiere cardiovascular programs," said David J. Shulkin, MD, president, Morristown Medical Center, and vice president, Atlantic Health System. "Her leadership will elevate the cardiovascular medicine program toward national recognition, and enhance the quality programs and services our patients expect.”

Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center 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 hospital also is the only one in New Jersey and one of just 20 across the country to offer three minimally-invasive treatment options for heart valve repair and replacement for patients who are ineligible to undergo open heart surgery.

Gillam is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Echocardiography and Treasurer of the National Board of Echocardiography. She is a graduate of McGill University and Queen's University in Canada and Columbia University in New York, and completed her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Gillam has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 11 book chapters and is co-editor of the textbook, Advanced Echocardiographic Techniques. She is also an associate editor for Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging and a member of the editorial boards of Circulation and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Previously, she was medical director of the cardiac valve program and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University, served as president of the American Society of Echocardiography, and was a member of both the board of trustees and board of governors of the American College of Cardiology. Gillam is also a former chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the American Heart Association (AHA) and served on the leadership committee of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology.

Past awards include the Richard Popp Distinguished Teacher Award of the American Society of Echocardiography, the Women in Cardiology Mentoring Award of the American Heart Association Council on Clinical Cardiology, the American College of Cardiology Distinguished Service Award, the McDonald Lectureship Award of the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Laennec Lectureship Award of the American Heart Association.

Morristown Medical Center has proved itself as a top destination for cardiovascular care in New Jersey and one of the top in the New York metropolitan area. The Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute at Morristown performs more than 1,000 heart surgeries annually, more than any other cardiovascular facilities in the state. Gagnon also is one of 20 centers in the country providing a full range of heart valve treatment options including the recently approved Sapien transcatheter valve,  in addition to other innovative devices such as CoreValve, a minimally invasive, non-surgical, catheter-based treatment option for patients with symptomatic, severe aortic stenosis, and the MitraClip, a minimally-invasive approach to mitral valve repair. The hospital also has been selected as one of 60 hospitals in the country to participate in a new trial that could potentially permanently lower blood pressure for patients with chronic hypertension.

About Atlantic Health System
Atlantic Health System is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey, comprised of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit and Newton Medical Center. The three medical centers – all accredited by The Joint Commission – 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. Specialty service areas include advanced cardiovascular care, pediatric medical and surgical specialties, neurology, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Each of these programs has earned top ratings and recognitions in their respective fields. Atlantic Health System is the official health care partner of the New York Jets and an official health care provider of the New Jersey Devils.

Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute performs more heart surgeries than any other hospital in New York or New Jersey, and is one of 20 facilities across the country to perform catheter-based repair and replacement of valves on both sides of the heart. Atlantic Health System’s spine program – where surgeons perform more spine surgery than anywhere else in New Jersey – is one of just 13 hospitals across the country that has received the Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission, achieving Disease-Specific Care Certification for cervical and lumbar spine treatments. With the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute based at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital serves as the hub for the New Jersey Stroke Network, and serves about 40 percent of the state’s stroke patients. The system’s Goryeb Children’s Hospital offers more than 100 board-certified physicians in 20 pediatric specialties. Morristown Medical Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.

Atlantic Health System has been chosen for the past three consecutive years by FORTUNE® as one of the magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®.” The organization has also been recognized four times by AARP as one of the “Best Employers for Workers over 50.” Inside Jersey magazine partnered with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and ranked Morristown Medical Center 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 survey findings also establish Overlook as No.1 for the treatment of neurological disorders and stroke in NJ. Atlantic Health System is a Major Clinical Research Affiliate with The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and is the primary academic and clinical affiliate in New Jersey of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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Morristown Medical Center

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

99 Beauvoir Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Newton Medical Center

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Newton, NJ 07860

Chilton Medical Center

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Pompton Plains, NJ 07444

Hackettstown Medical Center

651 Willow Grove Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840

Goryeb Children's Hospital

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Morristown, NJ 07960

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