The Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC Welcomes Five Surgeons

Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed five surgeons to its Department of Surgery

Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed five surgeons to its Department of Surgery at a welcome reception held last month.  The surgeons include: James Lim, M.D.; Geoffrey Pelz, M.D.; Muhammad Ifran Saeed, M.D.; Nazly M. Shariati, M.D.; and Rachel Beth Wellner, M.D.

“I would like to welcome all of our HackensackUMC surgeons who began their tenure with us this past year,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “These five physicians join a world-class team in the Department of Surgery, which consists of more than 40 board-certified members representing the full scope of surgical specialties.”

“With their vast expertise, I am confident that each surgeon will bring surgical services to the next level at HackensackUMC and throughout our health network.” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, HackensackUMC.

Both Drs. Lim and Saeed join HackensackUMC’s Adult Kidney Transplantation Program. Dr. James Lim is the program director and chief of Transplant Surgery. Prior to HackensackUMC, he served as the program director and chief at Lankenau Medical Center in Pennsylvania, which is part of the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia. Previously, Dr. Lim served as chief of pancreas transplants at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey from 2001 to 2007.  His extensive knowledge and experience base started during his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, among the preeminent transplant institutions in the world. Dr. Lim also continues today as the Region 2 representative for the Pancreas Transplant Committee, one of only 11 in the nation.  

Dr. Saeed joined the Adult Kidney Transplant Program as the second transplant surgeon in October.  He earned his medical degree at the Allama Iqbal Medical College in Pakistan, and completed his General Surgery Residency at Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania. He extended his training through a Transplant Surgery Fellowship at Baylor University Medical Center in Texas at the Annette C. and Harold C. Simmons Transplant Institute specializing in multi-organ transplant surgery.

Drs. Pelz and Shariati joined HackensackUMC’s team of thoracic surgeons. Dr. Shariati, associate chief of Thoracic Surgery, previously served as surgical director of Lung Transplant and Advanced Lung Support at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ. She possesses dual skills in minimally and maximally invasive procedures, and is well versed in robotic and VATS (video assisted thoracic surgery), advanced endoscopic airway and esophageal interventions, and navigational bronchoscopy. Dr. Shariati completed her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY) and her lung transplant fellowship at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA). She completed her Masters in Science of Jurisprudence with a concentration in health law at Seton Hall Law School in Newark, NJ. Dr. Shariati holds a patent for a source seed delivery surgical staple device invented to treat lung cancer patients with precision in a multidisciplinary fashion.

Dr. Pelz completed his advanced minimally invasive thoracic surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, NY, in 2013. His training included a particular focus on VATS lobectomy.  In addition, he has an interest in endobronchial ultrasound and navigational bronchoscopy.  His clinical interests include lung cancer, benign and malignant esophageal and mediastinal disorders. 

Dr. Wellner joined HackensackUMC’s Breast Oncology Program as an attending breast surgeon. She has extensive breast cancer surgery experience from Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York and the John Wayne Cancer Institute in California, where she completed a fellowship. She has been affiliated with Beth Israel Medical Center and Mount Sinai and has also been, since 2009, the director of Breast Services at the NY Eye and Ear Infirmary.

The HackensackUMC Department of Surgery at HackensackUMC consists of 41 board-certified members, representing all of the specialties in surgery. The department maintains the highest general surgery caseload in the state of New Jersey.  

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Hackensack University Medical Center welcomed five surgeons to its Department of Surgery at a welcome reception held in December. 

From left to right:

Donald McCain, M.D., Ph.D., acting co-chairman of the Department of Surgery, HackensackUMC; James Lim, M.D.; program director and chief of Transplant Surgery, HackensackUMC; Geoffrey Pelz, M.D., thoracic surgeon, Thoracic Surgery, HackensackUMC; Nazly M. Shariati, M.D., associate chief of Thoracic Surgery, HackensackUMC; Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, HackensackUMC; Rachel Beth Wellner, M.D., attending breast surgeon, Breast Oncology Program, HackensackUMC; and Muhammad Ifran Saeed, M.D., transplant surgeon, Adult Kidney Transplant Program, HackensackUMC.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Now celebrating its 125th anniversary, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians.HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankingsin: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas – more than any other hospital in the state, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 22 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. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:   





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