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Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Francis Patterson, M.D., Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology and Chief of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at John Theurer Cancer Center

Francis Patterson, MD, has been appointed Chief of Orthopaedic Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center and Chief of the Skin and Sarcoma Division at John Theurer Cancer Center. Dr. Patterson has nearly two decades of experience in the surgical treatment of bone tumors and soft-tissue sarcomas.

“I was attracted to John Theurer Cancer Center because of the breadth of services available here to patients with sarcomas,” said Dr. Patterson. “Our team also includes experts from vascular surgery, plastic surgery, pediatric and adult medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, nursing, social work, nutrition, palliative care, and other specialties to meet all of the needs of patients with musculoskeletal cancers.” Prior to his arrival at John Theurer Cancer Center, he was Professor of Orthopaedics at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and an Attending Physician in the Department of Orthopaedics.

In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Patterson trains residents and fellows. In his new role, he is working on creating a shared orthopaedic oncology fellowship between Rutgers and Hackensack University Medical Center. He also conducts orthopaedic oncology research assessing new reconstruction options and soft-tissue sarcoma treatments, and studying the complications of these cancers and their treatment.

Dr. Patterson earned his medical degree at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse and a fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He is board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Patterson specializes in benign and malignant bone and soft-tissue tumors of the musculoskeletal system, metastatic bone disease, allograft and endoprosthetic reconstructions, and limb-preserving surgery, including complex limb salvage after failed joint reconstruction surgeries or trauma.

Dr. Patterson has won numerous academic and professional awards, including the 2012 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. He has been named on various Top Doctors lists for Orthopaedic Surgery and for Cancer by Castle Connolly and Inside Jersey magazine for the last several years. He has presented internationally on his research and has been published extensively. Dr. Patterson has been active with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, serving on its Musculoskeletal Tumors and Disease Evaluation Subcommittee since 2004. His is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, American Orthopaedic Association, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, and the Children’s Oncology Group.

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH

Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care.

Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; nine community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood; and two rehabilitation hospitals – JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has nearly 500 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers and physician practice locations. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

The network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” The network was also named to Becker’s Healthcare’s “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare/2018” list.

Hackensack Meridian Health partnered with Seton Hall University to launch the first private medical school in New Jersey – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University – in more than 50 years to address a growing shortage of physicians and dramatic changes in health care delivery. Additionally, the network partnered with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer to find more cures for cancer faster while ensuring that patients have access to the highest quality, most individualized cancer care when and where they need it. Hackensack Meridian Health and Carrier Clinic, New Jersey’s oldest and most respected behavioral health provider, signed a definitive agreement to merge.

Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit www.HackensackMeridianHealth.org.