The Harvey and Georgina Weinstein National Heart and Lung Transplant Center has been established at Newark (N.J.) Beth Israel Medical Center with Mark J. Zucker, MD, JD, appointed as director. The center will combine the existing heart and lung transplant programs at Newark Beth Israel into one new state-of-the-art facility, continue to increase access to transplants in New Jersey and beyond, and expand the programs commitment to clinical research.
The center was introduced Nov. 12 at a fundraising event during the New York City premiere of the Weinstein Company film “Silver Linings Playbook.” Several celebrities who appear in the film attended the reception, including Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Jacki Weaver and Chris Tucker. Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Company and David Glasser, COO for the Weinstein Company, joined Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO of Barnabas Health; Marc E. Berson, chairman of the board at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey; John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, CEO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center; Zucker; and more than 250 healthcare professionals and supporters also were in attendance.
“We look forward to working with Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Company to expand and build upon our current transplant program for patients statewide, as well as throughout the region and nation,” Brennan said in a news release. “Dr. Zucker is a proven leader in excellence in transplantation and has developed a world-class transplant center.”
Zucker has served for nearly 24 years as director of the Heart Failure Treatment and Transplant Program at Newark Beth Israel, a Barnabas Health facility. Under his leadership, the heart transplant program now is the third largest in the nation, performing more than 725 heart transplants, 70 lung transplants and 350 ventricular assist device implants since 1989, according to a news release.
“Newark Beth Israels internationally renowned heart transplant center and the famed Weinstein Company create an exceptional alliance that will serve many who need this extraordinary treatment,” Ostrowsky said. “We look forward to a long and productive partnership.”
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