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Joshua Bershad, MD, MBA, Named Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at RWJUH

March 5, 2010

Joshua Bershad, MD, MBA

New Brunswick - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has named East Brunswick resident Joshua M. Bershad, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer. Having served in an interim capacity since 2008, Dr. Bershad will continue to chair the hospital’s medical board and focus his efforts on improving quality, increasing physician satisfaction and enhancing the hospital’s clinical performance.

“We are pleased to have Dr. Bershad assume this important role within our academic medical center,” said Stephen K. Jones, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at RWJUH. “Dr. Bershad has worked tirelessly on numerous initiatives that have made a significant impact on improving the overall quality of care for our patients. He possesses a unique combination of clinical and administrative leadership skills that will benefit all of our patients, as well as our entire staff.”

Dr. Bershad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Geology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his medical degree from UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He also earned his Master’s in Business Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Bershad completed his residency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ-RWJMS and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Bershad is board certified in internal medicine and continues to practice as an attending physician at RWJUH. He also holds an appointment as an adjunct Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Administration at Rutgers University’s Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

Dr. Bershad has served in various leadership roles at the academic medical center, including Interim Chief Operating Officer. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Brunswick Tomorrow and is Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses Board. Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses is a joint partnership among RWJUH and the Visiting Nurses Association of Central Jersey.

About RWJBarnabas Health

RWJBarnabas Health is the most comprehensive health care delivery system in New Jersey, treating over 3 million patients a year. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick and Somerville, RWJUH- Hamilton, RWJUH- Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital (Children’s Specialized Hospital), a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. 

RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s second largest private employer – with more than 32,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for its outstanding quality and safety.

About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 965-bed academic medical center with campuses in New Brunswick and Somerville, N.J.  Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation, cancer care, stroke care, neuroscience, joint replacement, and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH(  As the flagship Cancer Hospital of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care.

As a Level I Trauma Center and the first Pediatric Trauma Center in the state, RWJUH’s New Brunswick campus serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.

RWJUH has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report seven times and has been selected by the publication as a high performing hospital in numerous specialties.  The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been ranked among the best hospitals in America by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.

Both the New Brunswick and Somerset campuses have earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety, including the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence and “Most Wired” designation by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The Joint Commission and the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services have designated the New Brunswick Campus as a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Somerset Campus as a Primary Stroke Center.

The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH New Brunswick among the nation’s best comprehensive cancer centers and designated the Steeplechase Cancer Center at RWJUH Somerset as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.  The Joint Surgery Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for total knee and total hip replacement surgery.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is ranked no. 19 in Diversity MBA Magazine’s 2015 rankings for “50 Out Front Companies for Diversity Leadership: Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work” and also is recognized by the magazine in its “Top 10 Best in Class: Succession Planning and Accountability.”