Academic Department Chairs
Department of Anesthesiology
Mark D. Schlesinger, M.D.
Chair, Department of Anesthesiology
Dr. Schlesinger is currently the Chairperson of the Department of Anesthesiology at HUMC (HUMC) in Hackensack, New Jersey. Dr. Schlesinger has served on several HUMC committees including the Board of Governors, the Board of Trustees, and the Medical Board.
Department of Emergency Medicine
Joseph Underwood, M.D., MHCDS, FACEP
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
Joseph P. Underwood, M.D., MHCDS serves as Chair of Emergency Medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center, the flagship hospital of Hackensack Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research, and life-enhancing care . Dr. Underwood also serves as Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
Department of Family Medicine
Robin O. Winter, MD, MMM
Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Winter has been Director of the JFK Family Medicine Residency Program since 1989. After receiving a BA from Haverford College and a medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Winter did his Family Medicine Residency at Hunterdon Medical Center in Flemington, New Jersey.
Department of Internal Medicine
Laurie Jacobs, M.D., FACP, AGSF
Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Dr. Jacobs joined Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and Hackensack Meridian Health as Chair and Professor of Medicine in September 2016. She continues to teach and practice geriatrics in addition to her leadership role.
Department of Medical Sciences
Stanley R. Terlecky, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Sciences
Dr. Terlecky is a biomedical researcher, entrepreneur, and educator. His research interests focus on the peroxisome – an intracellular organelle of critical importance in human health, disease, and aging. Dr. Terlecky is an awarded teacher of graduate and medical students – who has lectured extensively on topics in cell biology, biochemistry, and pharmacology.
Department of Neurology
Florian P. Thomas, M.D., MA, Ph.D., M.S.
Chair, Department of Neurology
Dr. Thomas is the Chair of the Neuroscience Institute and interim Chair of the Department of Neurology at HackensackUMC, as well as Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center and the Hereditary Neuropathy Foundation Center of Excellence.
Department of Neurosurgery
Patrick Roth, M.D.
Chair, Department of Neurosurgery
Dr. Roth is the Chairperson of the Department of Neurosurgery at HUMC and is a board certified neurosurgeon and founding member of North Jersey Brain and Spine Center. He serves as co-director of the Division of Spinal Surgery and is the site director of the neurosurgical residency program.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Manuel Alvarez, MD
Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science
Dr. Manuel Alvarez has been Chairperson of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hackensack University Medical Center since 1996. Following residency training in anesthesiology, obstetrics and gynecology, maternal fetal medicine and critical care medicine, Dr. Alvarez found his passion in providing obstetrical care to women.
Department of Oncology
Andre Goy, M.D., M.S.
Chair, Department of Oncology
Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., is Chairperson and director, chief of Lymphoma, and director of Clinical and Translational Cancer Research at the John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Yair David Kissin, MD, FAAOS
Interim Chair, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Yair David Kissin, M.D., is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and in sports medicine, with a specific interest in conditions of the knee. He serves as Vice Chairperson of the department of orthopedic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Department of Otolaryngology
Brian Benson, M.D., FACS
Chair, Department of Otolaryngology
Brian Benson, MD is the Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and the Acting Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Department of Pathology
Ciaran M. Mannion, M.D.
Chair, Department of Pathology
Dr. Mannion is the Chair of the Pathology Department at HUMC. He is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, with added qualification in Cytopathology.
Department of Pediatrics
Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Pall is Chair and Professor of the Department of Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. He completed his medical degree from McGill University and pediatrics residency from Memorial University in Canada.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Sara Cuccurullo, MD
Chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Dr. Sara Cuccurullo received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate in 1987 and completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ)/JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute. She was board certified in 1992.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Gary Small, M.D.
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Gary Small, MD, is Chair of Psychiatry, Hackensack University Medical Center, Behavioral Health
Physician-in-Chief and the Hovnanian Family Foundation Chair, Hackensack Meridian Health, as well as
Chair and Professor of Psychiatry at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine.
Department of Radiology
George Ferrone, M.D.
Chair, Department of Radiology
Dr. Ferrone graduated from Boston College where he majored in Mathematics and received his medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed his internship at St. Joseph’s Hospital followed by a diagnostic radiology residency at Albany Medical College.
Department of Surgery
Howard Ross, M.D.
Chair, Department of Surgery
Howard Ross Howard Ross, M.D., holds the M. Martin Ross Distinguished Chair in Surgery at the Hackensack University Medical Center where he is also Surgeon-in-Chief. Howard is a passionate educator and a nationally recognized colon and rectal surgeon with more than 20 years of experience.
Department of Urology
Michael D. Stifelman, M.D.
Chair, Department of Urology
He is an internationally recognized pioneer and leader in robotic urologic oncology and upper tract urinary reconstructive surgery. He has pioneered over a dozen minimally invasive surgeries; is an invited lecturer and guest surgeon in 16 different countries spanning six continents; has published 186 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, 20 invited reviews/book chapters and 32 surgical technique videos; and is recognized by Castle Connolly as one of the Best Doctors of America, Best Cancer Doctors, Best Doctors in the New York Metro Area, and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors.