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Atlantic Health System Welcomes Chief Clinical Officer

May 23, 2022

Suja Mathew, MD brings clinical leadership experience and deep commitment to medical education

MORRISTOWN, NJ – May 23, 2022 – Atlantic Health System is pleased to announce the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical Officer. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region.

Working directly with Atlantic Health System’s chief medical officers and quality, research and academic teams, Dr. Mathew’s work will strengthen the bonds that connect Atlantic Health System’s entire network of care, empowering every patient to benefit from its system-wide resources. In her unique role as Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Mathew will primarily focus on three key areas: optimizing patient access to the full Atlantic Health System network of care, elevating the system’s innovative research and academic programs and continuing the system’s commitment to the highest quality care.

“Atlantic Health System offers expert care to our communities. I want every patient to know that no matter where and how you enter our system, you can have access to the best that Atlantic has to offer.” said Dr. Mathew. “Delivering extraordinary caring across our entire network means we help patients and their families stay healthy or recover from illness in the right environment at the right time and at the right cost. Furthermore, our research programs bring cutting edge therapies to our patients and allow us to contribute to the creation of medical knowledge. Our educational programs ensure that we impact medicine for generations to come.”

Dr. Mathew is a transformative and influential leader. Before joining Atlantic Health, she was the Chair of Medicine for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Cook County, Illinois. There, she oversaw system-wide inpatient and ambulatory internal medicine, dermatology, and neurology services across the entire system, including Stroger Hospital of Cook County (464-bed teaching hospital), Provident Hospital of Cook County (25-bed community hospital), the Ambulatory Community Health Network, and the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Dr. Mathew also led one of the nation’s largest internal medicine residency programs, fellowships in 9 internal medicine sub-specialties, residencies in preventive medicine and dermatology, and clerkship programs for medical students from Rush Medical College, Rosalind Franklin University, and Midwestern University.

“The Atlantic Health System team is proud of our culture of inquiry and constantly searching for new ways to improve lives within the communities we serve,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO. “As a leader who has devoted her career to building strong relationships between patients and caregivers, Suja is a perfect fit for Atlantic Health System. I look forward to working with her on behalf of our patients, their families and our entire team.”

Dr. Mathew is a nationally renowned leader in physician education who serves on the Board of Regents for the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest specialty-based physician organization. As Chair of its Health and Public Policy Committee, she drives the creation of ACP position statements, helping set health care policy for the entire field. She is a delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates. Dr. Mathew has a strong interest in career sustainability and professional satisfaction, and she has mentored many residents, chief residents, and faculty members who have gone on to assume significant leadership roles locally and nationally.

Dr. Mathew has a passion for health equity and addressing the needs of marginalized communities. She is an advocate for ensuring that all Americans have access to reliable sources of nutritious food and has served as chair of Doctors for a Hunger Free America since 2019.

Learn more about the rest of the Atlantic Health System leadership team here.

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 5.5 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.