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Member News – Hackensack University Health Network
April 29th, 2016

4.29 humcAndrew L. Pecora, M.D., chief innovations officer, professor and vice president of Cancer Services, HackensackUMC; past president of Regional Cancer Care Associates; and COTA founder and executive chairman; is a selected participant in Cellular Horizons: the Vatican’s Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact in Rome, Italy. Dr. Pecora will participate in a panel, “Rationalizing Health Care Through Big Data,” moderated by Emmy-award winning CNN correspondent and neurosurgeon, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, today (April 29th) at 8 a.m. EST/2 p.m. CEST.

“I am proud to share that Dr. Pecora is participating in a panel to discuss ways to combat health care inequality,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network. “This morning, HackensackUMC team members had the honor of hearing Holy Father Pope Francis and Vice President Joe Biden speak. It has been an inspirational and educational morning. It is with great excitement and pride that we are attending Dr. Pecora’s panel discussion. These panel discussions are comprised of some of the most world-renowned, award-winning scientists, physicians, patients, faith leaders, and others who are focused on pediatric cancers, rare genetic diseases, and diseases that occur with aging.”

Hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Council For Culture, The Stem For Life Foundation and the STOQ Foundation, this exclusive, three-day, international event gathers the world’s leading cell therapy scientists, physicians, patients, ethicists and leaders of faith, government and philanthropy to discuss the latest cellular therapy breakthroughs as well as hope for the future. It runs from April 28 to 30, and is attended by Holy Father Pope Francis, moderated by renowned journalists, and broadcasted around the world.


Leaders from Hackensack University Health Network attend Cellular Horizons: the Vatican’s Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact in Rome, Italy, with a special reception at the residence of U.S. Ambassador John Phillips. From left to right: Laura Coti Garrett; Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Linda Douglass; John Phillips, U.S. Ambassador to the Italian Republic and the Republic of San Marino; Joseph Simunovich, chairman of the Hackensack University Health Network Board of Trustees; Pam Simunovich. 

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