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Morristown Medical Center’s Matthew Martinez, MD Held First Sports Cardiology Summit for Elite and Professional Athletes

December 20, 2022

Two-day educational symposium was held in New York City at the NBPA’s headquarters

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Dec. 20, 2022 - Cardiologists, team physicians, certified athletic trainers, advanced practice providers, fellows and residents gathered from December 9-10 to discuss best practices in sports and exercise cardiology, for elite and professional athletes during the Sports Cardiology Summit, hosted by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) at its headquarters in midtown Manhattan and co-sponsored by Major League Soccer (MLS). 

The two-day educational symposium was led by Matthew W. Martinez, MD FACC, director of sports cardiology and co-director at Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at Morristown Medical Center, one of seven hospitals that comprise Atlantic Health System.

The goal of the symposium was to bring together the leading minds of those who care for elite and professional athletes to address educational needs around sports and exercise cardiology in the U.S. 

“Sports cardiology has emerged as a unique and indispensable medical sub-specialty across the country, yet we still have many physicians and institutions that are in need of access to expand knowledge, skill, and experience to deliver high quality cardiovascular evaluations of elite level athletes,” said Dr. Martinez. “The symposium was tailor-made for elite and professional athlete cardiovascular care to inform while also shepherding those in the space to the next step in gaining access to the right materials, partnerships and more. I am grateful to the NBPA for their continued commitment to staying at the forefront of elite-level athlete care and for their support and efforts in bringing this inaugural to life.”

During the event, expert panelists and speakers addressed potential gaps in education that are critical to care, including how to interpret athlete imaging studies, how to determine if athlete risk is present, and the concern around the lack of educational opportunities to sharpen these skills. 

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About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 18,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 12 counties and 6.2 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including its seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ and through its partnership with CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 23 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of six regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across five health systems in the region.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.