University Hospital is a statewide healthcare asset, offering exceptional programs that serve patients from throughout New Jersey and beyond. The hospital is an important resource for specialized services and critical care that have been independently recognized for outstanding quality. These include:
CLINICAL CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
University Hospital is the only hospital in northern New Jersey recertified by The Joint Commission for advanced heart failure care. University Hospital is the only hospital in New Jersey to be awarded Gold Plus recognition for Heart Failure and Stroke and Target Honor Roll status and one of only two hospitals in the state to be awarded Gold Plus rating for both Heart Failure and Stroke Care from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
The Department of Cardiology at University Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation, consultation, and medical and surgical management of diseases of the heart and circulatory system. With the latest technology, skilled physicians and compassionate staff provide care for abnormalities of cardiac rhythm and conduction, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, heart failure and valvular heart disease.
A full range of invasive and non-invasive diagnostic as well as interventional modalities are available. From the surgical perspective, leading edge techniques and technology, such as robotic surgery, ensure the safest, most effective treatment modalities are chosen.
Our physicians pursue a program of cardiac research supported by the National Institutes of Health, medical foundations, and other sources. The Department of Cardiology physician-researchers are published in the world’s leading cardiac journal and routinely contribute to advances in cardiac care, including in the development of gene-based therapies for various kinds of cardiovascular disease.
Information or Appointment: 973- 972-7400
CENTER FOR LIVER DISEASES AND TRANSPLANTATION
The Division of Transplantation Surgery supports the first liver transplant center in New Jersey, one of the busiest in the nation. Offering expertise in treating adult patients with liver failure requiring liver transplantation, the Division also provides comprehensive multidisciplinary team management of other complex hepatobiliary disorders, such as liver tumors, Hepatitis C, biliary strictures, and portal hypertension.
The team consists of a designated group of surgeons, hepatologists, physician assistants, nurse coordinators, social workers, financial coordinators, and nutritionists. A dedicated in-patient unit provides standardized pre- and post-transplant care. An active support group for patients who are awaiting transplant and who have undergone transplant is also supported by the Division.
The division also provides follow-up care to patients transplanted at other centers.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-7218
As one of the nation’s leading neurosurgery practices, University Hospital offers a full range of brain and spinal care. Staff members are known worldwide for their major clinical and basic science research contributions to neurosurgery. This commitment allows the hospital to treat patients with the most advanced technology, latest techniques and most thorough programs, including: Functional Neurosurgery; Endovascular Neurosurgery; Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery; and Stereotactic Radiosurgery Skull Base Surgery.
Specialized services include the Brain Tumor Program and the New Jersey Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-2323
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at University Hospital received advanced certification for stroke care from The Joint Commission. A Certificate of Distinction recognized that the Stroke Center was in compliance with national standards, clinical guidelines and outcomes of care.
The Comprehensive Stroke Center was established to provide early diagnosis and management of acute stroke and to reduce the disability and mortality from stroke. The Center is staffed and equipped to evaluate, treat and prevent all forms of stroke and vascular conditions leading to stroke. University Hospital has received Advanced Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers from The Joint Commission. Certification signifies that University Hospital has the critical elements necessary to meet the unique and specialized needs of stroke patients and to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Read more here.
Treatment modalities include surgical and drug treatments, as well as innovative endovascular procedures including intra-arterial tPA, mechanical clot-busting, angioplasty with stenting, and embolic protection in the removal of blockages in the brain. The most appropriate level of care is offered to stroke patients in specialized intensive care and stroke units staffed by trained stroke specialists. Rapid diagnosis is aided by the latest imaging techniques, including CT-angiography and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA).
Information or Appointment: 973-972-3488
The Brain Tumor Program offers a comprehensive, multi-specialty, neurosurgical center providing advanced care for brain tumors. The state-of-the-art modalities routinely employed at the Brain Tumor Program provide minimal invasion and maximum precision in the treatment of brain tumors for adults and children..
The program pioneered the use of intra-operative MRI scans, and University Hospital was the first hospital in the U.S. to utilize a compact OR-based MRI system to obtain “real-time” images of the brain before, during and after surgery. The hospital has installed the second generation of this technology. The precise nature of these images ensures surgical navigation that minimizes risk of harming healthy and/or eloquent areas of the brain while providing maximum lesion removal.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-2323
The Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science provides 24-hour coverage for every disease and/or condition of the eye. The Institute's ophthalmic surgeons are members of University Hospital's medical staff and patients have access to consultations from many ophthalmic subspecialists. They are dedicated to providing outstanding, compassionate patient care. Because the physicians work in close The Institute features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment (housed in the Ocular Imaging Center and in the Ophthalmic Electrodiagnostic Laboratory) and offers the most advanced therapies available.
The Institute offers diagnosis and medical and surgical treatments for cornea and external ocular diseases, glaucoma and retinal diseases/disorders. Our team also has experts in pediatric ophthalmology; neuro-ophthalmology; oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery; orbital surgery, and low vision optometric and rehabilitative care.
Other Centers of Excellence include: the Cornea and Laser Vision Institute, the Center for Macular Degeneration Treatment and Research, the Ophthalmic Laser Center and Center for Minimally Invasive Treatment, the Eye Trauma Center of New Jersey, the Fight for Sight Children's Eye Center, the Keratoconus Foundation, and the Low Vision Center.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-2020
Our Orthopaedic physicians specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of disease and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Our physicians represent all eight subspecialties within the orthopaedic specialty. Adult Joint Replacement and Reconstruction utilizes novel prostheses specialized surgical exposures and bulk bone allografts. Comprehensive Sports Medicine offers services ranging from comprehensive assessment and modification of athletic mechanics to operative reconstruction of damaged structures. Foot & Ankle Medical Management and Surgery provides diagnosis and treatment of all foot and ankle conditions, including management of diabetic foot complications.
Also Hand and Microvascular Surgery treats operative and non-operative conditions of the hand and upper extremities. Musculoskeletal Oncology and Limb-Salvage focuses on treatment of benign and malignant tumors of bones, muscles, tendons and joints. Orthopaedic Trauma specializes in the treatment of difficult fractures, dislocations and other injuries of the pelvis and extremities.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-2150
The Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery treats patients with disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related surrounding structures in the head and neck. The practice also offers expertise in various otolaryngology subspecialties, including skull base cancer surgery, otology/neurotology, pediatric otolaryngology, surgical oncology, and microvascular reconstructive surgery.
The highly specialized areas of Otology and Neurotology provide treatment for disorders such as temporal bone tumors, including acoustic neuromas and glomus tumors, vertigo and other balance disorders, as well as Meniere’s.
The Audiology Service offers a full range of auditory evaluation and rehabilitation including conventional audiometry, impedance typanometry, electronystagmography, and brainstem evoked audiometry. Patients with tinnitus are evaluated and rehabilitated. The Cochlear Implant Center offers surgical treatment for patients with severe-to-profound hearing loss. In addition, patients with hoarseness or disorders of phonation are evaluated and treated by a laryngologist.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-2537
TRAUMA: THE NEW JERSEY TRAUMA CENTER AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
University Hospital is the home of the New Jersey Trauma Center. In 1987, the State designated our center the Level 1 Trauma Center to serve northern New Jersey, joining two others that serve central and southern New Jersey.
This status requires verification by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Every three years the committee conducts an extensive review to confirm that the very highest standards for trauma care are being met.
A Level 1 Trauma Center must have attending trauma surgeons in-house 24/7. These physicians are board certified in General Surgery as well as Surgical Critical Care and are fellowship trained in trauma care and critical care. They are supported by specially trained trauma nurse practitioners, physician assistants and trauma nurses. In addition the Trauma Team includes a physician specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to promote recovery from traumatic injury.
As part of University Hospital, the Trauma Center works with multiple specialists in neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, urology, oral and maxillo-facial surgery, and ophthalmology, among others. The Family Support Service is also available to provide assistance to patients and families affected by traumatic injury.
The New Jersey Trauma Center receives referrals from trauma centers and community hospitals throughout the region, especially for complex trauma cases in specialties such as ophthalmology and neurosurgery and for challenging spinal cord and head injuries. The Trauma Center treats nearly 3,000 patients each year, most of whom arrive by ambulance or by the NorthSTAR medivac helicopter operated jointly by the New Jersey State Police and University Hospital’s EMS unit.
In addition to providing top-tier care, the New Jersey Trauma Center also advances a critical education mission. University Hospital is a teaching hospital. Every year about 20 residents Surgical and Emergency Medicine residents from hospitals throughout the metropolitan area are working with our trauma team to hone their skills in emergency medicine and trauma treatment. The center also plays an important role in the education of medical, nursing, and PA students and first responders learning about trauma care.
The educational mission also extends to community outreach efforts. The trauma center team takes an active role in injury prevention by participating in initiatives like “Safe Kids” that stresses pedestrian safety and teaches youngsters how to cross streets safely. The center also is a hub for clinical and laboratory research that continues to improve trauma treatment.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE: THE EMS UNIT AT UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
University Hospital provides the City of Newark and Greater Newark area with a comprehensive emergency medical service (“Newark EMS”) system that includes basic and advanced life support ambulances, a “state of the art” Regional Emergency Medical Communications System (“REMCS”), a heavy rescue unit and other specialized resources for disaster response. Paramedic services in NJ must be hospital-based by law and the Hospital holds the Certificate of Need to provide Advanced Life Support (“ALS”) in the cities of Newark, Orange and East Orange. A dedicated ALS ambulance is also stationed at Newark Liberty International Airport to provide services there and for Port Newark and Elizabeth. Paramedics bring the Hospital’s Emergency Room to the patient providing the highest level of care to patients suffering life threatening illness or injury. Basic Life Support (“BLS”) ambulances are staffed by Emergency Medical Technicians (“EMTs”) and respond to all requests for an ambulance in the City of Newark. REMCS receives and processes all 9-1-1requests for ambulances and dispatches the appropriate level of EMS resources to those requests in Newark and the Greater Newark area. REMCS also serves as the state-wide communications center for all air medical helicopters operating in NJ. REMCS is also the designated communications center for the NJ EMS Task Force and for coordinating any mutual aid responses between the State of NJ and City of New York. The Newark EMS Rescue Unit provides vehicle extrication and other highly specialized rescue services when required. Newark EMS also hosts highly specialized resources for disaster response and is an anchor agency for the NJ EMS Task Force.
The Newark EMS responds to more than 120,000 calls for assistance each year. The unit was recognized by the American Heart Association with the highest award possible for treating patients suffering from the deadliest form of heart attack. It is the only EMS unit in New Jersey honored with this award.
University Hospital has also provided the medical crew for the Northern Shock Trauma Air Rescue (“NorthSTAR”) program since its inception in 1988. The flight crew, consisting of a flight paramedic and flight nurse, works in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police who fly and maintain the aircraft. NorthSTAR responds to the most critical of emergencies across the northern half of the State and provides high level ALS care and transport mostly to Trauma Centers, which includes the Hospital’s designated Level One. It also provides critical care inter-facility transports between the State’s hospitals when necessary.
ADDITIONAL SPECIALIZED SERVICES
Aortic Surgery Center: The area’s most advanced care for the diseases and conditions that affect the aorta - the body’s largest artery. Aortic disease poses significant health risks and include aneurysms (focal dilation of the aorta), dissection (a tear in the wall off the aorta), and blockages associated with PAD (peripheral arterial disease.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-9371
The Podiatry Center: State-of-the-art technology and innovative therapies for reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, trauma treatment and diabetic limb salvage.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-9000
Radiology/Diagnostic Testing: A broad range of testing, including high capacity tables with imaging capability for patients up to 500 lbs.
Information or Appointment: 973-972-6900 (M-F, 8AM-5PM)
Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS): A robotic system used by head and neck surgeons to remove cancerous and benign lesions through the mouth.