Health systems coordinate transplant care for heart and liver patients
New Jersey-based Atlantic Health System and New York-based NYU Langone Health have teamed up to give patients greater access to heart and liver transplants and the coordinated, high-quality care needed to stay healthy.
The Transplant Program
The clinical affiliation will partner NYU Langone’s nationally recognized transplant program with the nationally ranked Atlantic Health System Heart Care program located at Morristown Medical Center’s Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute and the pioneering liver services at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.
“This new affiliation will strengthen our acclaimed cardiac program, while significantly enhancing our ability to care for patients with advanced liver disease,” says Atlantic Health System president and CEO Brian Gragnolati. “Our patients will now have the combination of access to one of the nation’s leading transplantation programs, with expert care both in New York and close to home in New Jersey that will ensure continuity of care and the best outcomes.”
Eligible patients throughout the region will be able to receive comprehensive pre- and post-transplant care from Atlantic Health System’s top-ranked hospitals and health care providers and have transplants performed through the renowned NYU Langone Transplant Institute.
“This new partnership will elevate transplant care for thousands of New Jersey families – and save many lives,” says Robert Montgomery, MD, DPhil, director of the NYU Langone Transplant Institute and the H. Leon Pachter Chair of Surgery at NYU Langone.
“Our comprehensive team of specialized surgeons, physicians, nurse coordinators, pharmacists, nutritionists, and social workers is excited to offer world-class care to patients of the Atlantic Health System and advance our joint mission to expand access to organ transplantation.”
At Morristown Medical Center, pre- and postoperative care for heart transplant patients will take place at Atlantic Health System’s Heart Failure program, a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, advanced practice nurses, and registered nurses, led by Abhishek Singh, MD, PhD, who is triple-board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, and advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. Learn more >
At Overlook Medical Center, Atlantic Health and NYU Langone will collaborate to develop a robust liver disease and transplant service that will diagnose and treat a broad spectrum of liver disease. Overlook Medical Center’s vascular lab is already pioneering the diagnosis and treatment of fatty liver disease through a combination of transient elastography and portal duplex ultrasound. Learn more >
Liver transplant care will begin on-site at Overlook Medical Center with Harmit S. Kalia, DO, a board-certified hepatologist and director of liver transplant outreach at NYU Langone, who will join Overlook’s medical staff while continuing to practice at NYU Langone. The majority of pre- and postoperative care for liver transplant patients can be provided by Atlantic Health System at Overlook Medical Center, which offers a full radiological suite of services, including interventional radiologists who treat advanced liver disease, led by Yousaf Mahmood, MD, who is board-certified in diagnostic, vascular and interventional radiology.