Judy Aschner, M.D. has been named the Clinical Director of Hackensack Meridian Health Children’s Care Transformation Service and Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D. Ph.D. Chair of Pediatrics; Physician in Chief for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center; and professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University. Dr. Aschner previously served as the Michael I. Cohen Professor and University Chair of Pediatrics, Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women’s Health at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, NY.
“I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Judy Aschner, a nationally recognized leader in neonatology and pediatrics as both the Hackensack Meridian Health Clinical Director for Children’s Care Transformation Service and the Marvin I. Gottlieb Chair of Pediatrics and Physician in Chief at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., regional president, northern market, Hackensack Meridian Health.
A graduate of Union College in Schenectady, New York, Dr. Aschner completed her medical school training, pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. Dr. Aschner previously held the position of the Julia Carell Stadler Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Mildred Stahlman Division of Neonatology at Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Aschner has mentored the next generation of neonatologists and pediatricians and collaborated with institutions across the United States and around the world to improve the outcomes of pregnancy and particularly the health outcomes of infants born prematurely. Her NIH-funded translational research program focuses on novel therapies to prevent and treat neonatal lung diseases and understanding and mitigating the impact of environmental exposures in infancy on health outcomes for infants and children. She is a Principal Investigator of the multi-center “Developmental Impact of NICU Exposures (DINE)” study, a longitudinal study of early life environmental exposures and health outcomes in children who were born extremely preterm. This study is part of the NIH-supported Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, a national study of nearly 50,000 children
“Dr. Aschner will continue to elevate the entire Pediatric care transformation service and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital on the national stage and be a steward of the highest quality patient care; we are excited to have her join the Hackensack Meridian Health family,” said Dean Lin, president of care transformation services and physician practices, Hackensack Meridian Health.
As Clinical Director for Children’s Care Transformation Service, she will provide leadership across the network to ensure excellence in pediatric quality, clinical programs and patient experience. As the Marvin I. Gottlieb Chair of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief of the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, she will assume overall responsibility for its quality patient care, research, advocacy and educational missions. Her role includes oversight and credentialing, maintaining a high standard of professional performance by the team and developing and growing specialty programs. She will also serve as professor of Pediatrics at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University.
“Dr. Aschner’s clinical experience and family-centered approach to care will be an excellent addition here at Hackensack Meridian Health,” said William Faverzani, FACHE, vice president, Senior Operations Officer of Children’s Enterprise, Hackensack Meridian Health, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Aschner has held a number of leadership roles in state and national organizations, including Secretary-Treasurer of the American Pediatric Society and Chair of the Organization of Neonatology Program Directors. She was recently elected as Chair of the Federation of Pediatrics Organizations (FOPO). On the international stage, she is vice chairperson and member of the Board of Directors of IPOKRaTES Foundation, an organization dedicated to continuing medical education in the developing world. She is a member of the Board of External Experts (BEE) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institution of the NIH, and is a member of the National Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes. She lectures widely on topics related to neonatal lung disease and environmental health in the US and abroad.