LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Board of Trustees at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) recently elected Rahul V. Pawar, MD, Neuroradiologist, as its newest member.

According to Board Chairman Bruce Schonbraun, who has known Dr. Pawar for many years, Pawar’s “clinical expertise, active community involvement, passion and leadership will be an asset to [the] board.”

“His deep understanding of healthcare and long-relationship with SBMC brings an important perspective to our board as we navigate through these unprecedented times and expand our award-winning tertiary and quaternary services throughout the region,” said Schonbraun.

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Residing in Essex Fells with his wife and son, Pawar is firmly rooted in the local sports community. As a former high school All-Area, All-Conference champion and USTA-ranked tennis player, Pawar is one of the few practicing physicians nationwide to have earned coaching certification through the Professional Tennis Registry. According to SBMC, the core values he has developed from years on the court will benefit him as a member of the SBMC Board of Trustees.

“Dr. Pawar’s dedication to his patients and emphasis on teaching has been invaluable to our community and medical staff. I look forward to his enthusiasm and contributions as a member of our Board of Trustees,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of SBMC.

Pawar has been a member of the SBMC medical staff since 2011 as an attending neuroradiologist and partner within Imaging Consultants of Essex (ICE) since 2017. He was also recently appointed as secretary of ICE.

In addition to earning dual board certification from the American Board of Radiology: Diagnostic Radiology & Neuroradiology (CAQ), Pawar has also been selected to the list of "Millburn-Short Hills Super Doctors" for four consecutive years, from 2017 to 2020, and currently serves on SBMC’s Quality Committee and Sports Medicine Committee.

Prior to joining SBMC, Pawar completed his fellowship in neuroradiology at New York University (NYU) Medical Center in 2011, where he conducted translational physics research. His research, which was honored by the American Society of Neuroradiology, focused on using novel MR diffusion sequences to diagnose normal pressure hydrocephalus in the elderly, was.

In 2005, Pawar received his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine, began an internship in internal medicine at North Shore University Hospital in Long Island and subsequent residency at UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School. He was appointed clinical assistant professor in the Rutgers Biomedical & Health Sciences Division in 2012. He is now an active member of the Amato Center for Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgery.

With respect to research, Pawar was awarded the Barnabas Health Harvey Nussbaum Research Grant in 2013; published and presented a substantial amount of research in both peer-reviewed literature and at national/international conferences; served as a contributing author for the textbook, “The Teaching Files: Brain & Spine Imaging (Elsevier: Fatterpekar, Naidich & Som),” published in 2011; and is currently a member of the editorial board for “Radiology Today” magazine.

Pawar places an emphasis on teaching and medical education, earning the Golden Apple Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 and 2013. From 2012 to 2017, Pawar was a keynote speaker for Philips Healthcare, highlighting MRI technology and educating industry specialists across the nation. From 2015 to 2018, Pawar served as director of the medical student elective in Diagnostic Radiology at SBMC.