Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Martin Karpeh Jr. as Chairman of the Department of Surgery

August 1, 2015 02:59 PM
Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed Martin Karpeh Jr., M.D., as chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed Martin Karpeh Jr., M.D., as chairman of the Department of Surgery.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Karpeh to his new position, and I am confident he will continue to elevate our surgical team as one of the finest in the nation,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of HackensackUMC. “I would also like to thank Drs. Donald McCain and Massimo Napolitano for their leadership as acting co-chairmen of the department.”

Dr. Karpeh joined HackensackUMC from Beth Israel Medical Center as well as the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, where he served as the chairman of Surgery and the director of Surgical Oncology since 2007.  Prior to this position, Dr. Karpeh was a professor of surgery at Stony Brook University in New York, as well as the chief of Surgical Oncology and director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. He has also held academic positions as an assistant professor and associate professor of Clinical Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical School.

Dr. Karpeh is a well-respected physician leader who is actively involved in numerous professional societies. He is the current president of the New York Surgical Society and is past-president of the New York Cancer Society. He maintains involvement in: the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgery Oncology Group, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association.

The accomplishments and research of Dr. Karpeh are vast, and he has received many awards including recognition as a Top Doctor by New York Magazine, receiving the American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award, and the Mosby Scholarship Book Award for Scholastic Excellence. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 17 review articles and 25 book chapters, and sits on numerous editorial boards (GI Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer Research; Polish Journal of Surgery; Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology).

Dr. Karpeh received his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and performed his internship and surgical residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He received a post-doctoral fellowship in nutrition and cancer, and completed his chief surgical residency year at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His fellowship in surgical oncology was completed at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. 

Dr. Karpeh joined HackensackUMC’s Department of Surgery, whichconsists of more than 40 board-certified members, representing all specialties in surgery. It maintains the highest general surgery caseload in the state of New Jersey.


Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed Martin Karpeh Jr., M.D., as chairman of the Department of Surgery.


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.




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