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Morristown Medical Center: The Patient Experience
Morristown Medical Center
About Our Faculty
The distinguished faculty members of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute maintain a formidable presence in academics and research. Experts in their fields, each of our highly skilled scientists and practitioners are devoted to training and supporting our fellows to maximize their knowledge and help them achieve their full potential as cardiologists.
Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, FACC, FAHA, FASE
Chair, Cardiovascular Medicine
Atlantic Health System
Dr. Gillam is the chair of cardiovascular medicine for Atlantic Health System. She previously served as medical director of the Cardiac Valve Program and professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University. She is an expert in echocardiography, valvular heart disease and heart disease in women. She has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and 14 book chapters and is co-editor (with Catherine Otto, MD) of Advanced Echocardiographic Techniques. She has lectured nationally and internationally on these and related topics. She is a graduate of McGill University and Queen’s University, Canada, and Columbia University, NY. She completed her cardiology fellowship training at the University of Toronto and Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Gillam is past president of the American Society of Echocardiography and a former member of both the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology. She is a former chair of the Women in Cardiology Committee of the American Heart Association and served on the leadership committee of the AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology. She is a member of the Board of Directors and treasurer of the National Board of Echocardiography. She is 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.
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 American Heart Association Laennec Lectureship.
She is the mother of two children and a recreational rower.
Mark S. Rosenthal, MD, FACC
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
Mark S. Rosenthal, MD, FACC, is the program director of the Cardiology Fellowship Program and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is on the attending staffs of Morristown Medical Center, where he also co-directs and teaches at the Cardiology Fellowship Continuity Clinic, and Chilton Medical Center, where he has served as cardiology departmental chairman, cardiac catheterization laboratory director and chairman of the critical care committee. His areas of interest include medical education, management of valvular heart disease, medical management of coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure, and he has been involved in several public health initiatives.
After graduating from Haverford College and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, he completed internal medicine and cardiology training at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he also served as chief medical resident. He is the founding partner of Cardiology Associates of North Jersey, where he has practiced consultative and invasive cardiology since 1993.
Dr. Rosenthal has served as a consulting cardiologist for the Telluride Institute for Altitude Medicine in Colorado. He founded and organized the Telluride Public Access Defibrillator and CPR Training Program, which received national recognition with the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association and the regional chapter of the American Heart Association.
His New Jersey practice has participated in multicenter international clinical trials investigating novel antithrombotic agents in atrial fibrillation, as well as the use of new lipid interventions in secondary prevention for coronary artery disease.
He is the father of two children and an avid skier and mountain and road bicyclist.
Seth Uretsky, MD, FACC
Medical Director of Cardiovascular Imaging
Assistant Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
Dr. Uretsky is the medical director of cardiovascular imaging for Atlantic Health System and the assistant director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program.
He obtained his medical degree at New York University School of Medicine and his internal medicine training at NYU/Bellevue's Internal Medicine Program. Dr. Uretsky acquired his training in cardiovascular diseases at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals, where he concentrated on nuclear cardiology and echocardiography, after which he obtained training in cardiac CT and MRI at Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging in New York City.
Dr. Uretsky joined the faculty at Atlantic Health System in 2013 after serving as the director of Cardiac CT and MRI at St. Luke’s and Roosevelt hospitals for five years. He has pursued a career in the practice of clinical cardiology, clinical research and medical education. Dr. Uretsky’s research interests include the role of cardiac CT in the early diagnosis of atherosclerosis, the role of cardiac MRI in the diagnosis of valvular disease, and the obesity paradox.
Nicholas P. Ricculli, DO, FACC
Associate Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program
Dr. Ricculli is a New Jersey native who grew up in Jersey City. He earned a BA with a double major in Biology and English at New York University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985.
His professional training was at Morristown Memorial Hospital (now Morristown Medical Center), VA Boston Healthcare System and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He has completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in cardiology at those institutions.
Dr. Ricculli holds American Board of Internal Medicine certifications in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. He also has separate certifications in echocardiography and clinical lipidology.
He has been an invited speaker at regional medical conferences and has been on the speakers’ bureau of several pharmaceutical firms.
He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a member of the American Heart Association, American Society of Echocardiography and National Lipid Society.
Since 1991, Dr. Ricculli has been on the attending physician staff of Morristown Medical Center and, more recently, a faculty member for the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship. He has been an instructor for the medical residency during his time at Morristown Medical Center and is a supervising attending for the Cardiology Continuity Clinic.
He is in private practice with Atlantic Cardiology Group, where he is a partner and founding member.
He resides in Morristown, NJ, with his wife and children.
Lawrence Blitz, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Attending Cardiologist, Cardiac Catheterization Lab
Dr. Blitz is a consultative and interventional cardiologist in practice with Cardiology Associates of North Jersey since 1997. His areas of expertise include the medical and interventional management of coronary and peripheral vascular disease. He is also involved with the Interventional Valve Program at Morristown Medical Center.
After graduating from Haverford College and NYU School of medicine, he completed an Internal Medicine residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and fellowship training in Cardiovascular Medicine and Interventional Cardiology at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is active on the medical staffs of Morristown Medical Center as well as Chilton Medical Center where he serves as the Chairman of Cardiology and the Medical Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. At Chilton Medical Center, he started the peripheral vascular interventional program and has directed the STEMI program since its initiation in 2005.
Dr. Blitz is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. He has served as a past president of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Cardiology, and has participated as the local Principle Investigator in several multicenter trials in clinical and interventional cardiology. He has presented at both national and international Interventional Cardiology conferences. He is published on the topics of valvular heart disease, and interventional therapies for limb ischemia and DVT.
Claire Boccia-Liang, MD, FACC
Dr. Boccia-Liang graduated from Cornell University Medical College with honors. Her undergraduate and master's degrees were received from Cornell University and Harvard, respectively. She completed her residency in internal medicine at New York University Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell campus) in New York City. In 2011, Dr. Boccia-Liang joined Atlantic Health System as director of the Women's Heart Program.
Dr. Boccia-Liang is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiovascular disease, the Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology and the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Her special interests include women's heart health and cardiovascular disease prevention, cardiovascular complications during pregnancy and adult congenital heart disease.
Dr. Boccia resides with her husband and four children in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Barry M. Cohen, MD, FACC
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
In addition to his position at Atlantic Health System, Dr. Cohen is a cardiologist in practice with Associates in Cardiovascular Disease in Springfield, New Jersey. Before joining Atlantic Health System, he was associate director of the Coronary Care Unit at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He has been an assistant clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology.
Dr. Cohen is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is past president of the New Jersey Society of Interventional Cardiology and a member of the New Jersey Medical Society, Union County Medical Society, and Federation of Medical Specialists of Quebec. Dr. Cohen is the author or coauthor of more than 40 articles, abstracts, books, book chapters and monographs. His articles and abstracts are published in prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals such as American Journal of Cardiology, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation, to name a few. He has delivered more than 100 local, regional, national and international presentations and grand rounds on a wide range of topics in cardiology.
Dr. Cohen earned his BS in physiology with distinction at McGill University and his MD at the University of Sherbrooke, both in Canada. After graduating, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital under the auspices of McGill University Faculty of Medicine, where he was designated chief resident. He completed his fellowships in cardiology and cardiac catheterization at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. He also completed a fellowship in interventional cardiology at the University of California Medical Center in San Diego.
Marc Goldschmidt, MD, FACC
Director, Heart Success Program and LVAD Program
Dr. Goldschmidt is the director of the Heart Success and LVAD programs for Morristown Medical Center and Atlantic Health System. He is also an attending physician at Newark Beth Israel, where he practices transplant cardiology. His areas of interest include congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac transplantation and the use of mechanical assist devices for patients with advanced congestive heart failure. He also maintains an interest in atherosclerosis stemming from a previous National Institutes of Health grant, which examined how abnormal mechanical forces in the arterial wall result in atherosclerosis.
Dr. Goldschmidt graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a BA in chemistry. He then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he graduated with distinction in cardiovascular research. After graduating, he completed his internship and residence at the University of Washington. He then attended Emory University for his cardiology fellowship and completed a second fellowship in congestive heart failure/transplantation at Columbia University.
Dr. Goldschmidt is the author or coauthor of articles and abstracts that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals such as the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, Circulation Research and Circulation Heart Failure. He also contributed to a book chapter on treatment approaches to myocardial ischemia in the textbook Cardiovascular Pharmaco-Therapeutics. He has served as principal investigator for several large phase III trials such as Stability and Topcat. He is an active member of the Duke University Cooperative Cardiovascular Society, which is a research network allowing participation in multi-center research trials coordinated by the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
Kosta Koulogiannis, MD, FACC
Dr. Konstantinos Koulogiannis is on the attending staff of Morristown Medical Center, where he practices as a clinical and research cardiologist and serves as the associate director of the Cardiovascular Core Lab. He was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and received his bachelor's degree in biology and history from Rutgers College in New Brunswick. He attended UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and went on to complete his training in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, during which he received the Outstanding Resident Award. Dr. Koulogiannis then stayed on staff for another year as an attending physician in the Montefiore Department of Medicine, where he helped to restructure the medical hospitalist system. He completed his fellowship in cardiovascular disease at North Shore University Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Koulogiannis has specific interests in advanced cardiac imaging, valvular/structural heart disease and preventive cardiology. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and nuclear cardiology. He is a member of the American College of Cardiology and the American Society of Echocardiography. Dr. Koulogiannis is also fluent in Greek.
At Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Koulogiannis is heavily involved with the hospital’s advanced cardiac therapies and structural heart disease programs. He is active in many of the educational and administrative activities of the cardiology fellowship program.
Leo Marcoff, MD, FACC, FASE
Dr. Marcoff is a member of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine with a focus on advanced echocardiography. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and his MD from St. George’s University. He completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut, a cardiology fellowship at Christiana Care Health System, and an advanced echocardiography fellowship at Columbia University.
Dr. Marcoff is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and American Society of Echocardiography.
Prior to joining Atlantic Health System in 2013, Dr. Marcoff was an assistant professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University and an attending physician in the Division of Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Jordan G. Safirstein, MD, FACC, FSCAI, RPVI
Coordinator, Catheterization Lab Education
In addition to his position at Atlantic Health System, Dr. Safirstein is a cardiologist in practice with Cardiology Consultants of North Morris. His expertise includes vascular interpretation, interventional cardiology, adult transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography, cardiovascular disease, and internal medicine. He is a member of the New York Peripartum Cardiomyopathy Study Group.
Dr. Safirstein is a fellow of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and American College of Cardiology, as well as a member of the American Society of Echocardiography, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, and American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Safirstein earned his BA in biology at Colgate University and his MD at Chicago Medical School. After graduating, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. He completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular intervention at St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center under the auspices of New York Medical College.
Stephen L. Winters, MD, FHRS, CCDS
Coordinator, Electrophysiology Education
In addition to his positions at Atlantic Health System, Dr. Winters is associate professor of medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, as well as a lecturer in internal medicine at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Winters’s professional and research interests are devoted to cardiac rhythm disturbances, sudden cardiac death prevention, cardiac electrophysiology, electrode catheter ablation, pacemakers, implantable defibrillators and automatic external and wearable defibrillators. He is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine and cardiac electrophysiology.
Dr. Winters is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society and American College of Cardiology, as well as a member of the American Heart Association Clinical Council, North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology, and Health Information Technology Task Force. He is former president elect of the New Jersey Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology and former governor of the American College of Cardiology-New Jersey Chapter. Dr. Winters is the author or coauthor of articles, abstracts, books and book chapters that are primarily devoted to topics in cardiac rhythm disturbances and electrophysiology. A sought-after speaker, he has delivered more than 300 local, regional, national and international invited presentations in his field.
Dr. Winters earned his BA in biology cum laude at New York University and his MD at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. After graduating, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine, where he was designated chief resident. He also completed his fellowship in cardiology at The Mount Sinai Hospital.