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Morristown Medical Center President Ranks as One of Most Influential Physician Executives in Nation

MORRISTOWN, NJ MAY 2011 – David J. Shulkin, MD, president of Morristown Medical Center and vice president, Atlantic Health System, has been named to Modern Healthcare’s prestigious list of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives” for 2011. This is the third time Shulkin has been recognized on this list. He is the only hospital president to make the 2011 list from New Jersey and one of just two physician executives from this state.

Late in 2010, Modern Healthcare and sister publication Modern Physician issued a call for nominations, and received more than 11,700. The 100 names receiving the most nominations were then placed on a ballot and readers submitted their votes. Nearly 152,000 votes were cast this year, which counted for 50 percent of the outcome. The other 50 percent came from the opinions of the senior editors at Modern Physician and Modern Healthcare. The rankings appeared in the May 9 print edition.

“I am honored to be selected to a list that includes other physicians and institutions I deeply admire,” Shulkin said. “Morristown Medical Center is among the strongest health care facilities in New Jersey and is committed to providing the latest diagnostic and treatment tools within a compassionate and healing culture. It’s a great boost for the medical center to receive this recognition.”

Shulkin joined Atlantic Health System in January 2010 from Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, where he served for four years as president and CEO. A board-certified internist, Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership and academic roles, including: chief medical officer for Temple University Hospital and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as vice dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine for Drexel University School of Medicine.

He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, professor of medicine at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in general medicine from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

In 2009, Modern Healthcare named Shulkin one of the “100 Most Influential People in American Healthcare.”

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 ApprovalTM 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 designated a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and 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 No. 2 for stroke treatment 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

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Morristown, NJ 07960

Overlook Medical Center

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Summit, NJ 07901

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