David J. Shulkin, M.D., president, Morristown Medical Center and vice president, Atlantic Health System, has been named chairman of the board of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals.

Dr. Shulkin, a nationally-recognized physician, will lead the board of the state’s premier teaching hospital network. The mission of the NJCTH is to advance, promote and support undergraduate and graduate medical education and innovation in new health delivery models.

“New Jersey’s teaching hospitals offer a vast wealth of knowledge and are at the forefront of innovation,” Dr. Shulkin said. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with the skilled doctors, nurses and professionals who will guide the future of health care and medical education.”

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Together, NJCTH institutions represent more than 36,000 health care professionals, about 7,000 hospital beds, and millions of patient visits. NJCTH hospitals train more than 1,500 resident physicians each year and work with a variety of medical schools.

 “2013 stands to be a landmark year for teaching hospitals and medical schools,” said Deborah S. Briggs, president and CEO, New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. “Successfully navigating the pending policy and financial reforms will require a clear vision and strong leadership. Dr. David Shulkin possesses the precise skills needed to guide New Jersey’s medical education leaders through this dynamic process.”

As president of Morristown Medical Center, Shulkin oversees the 658 licensed bed facility, which has been designated a Level 1 Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and a Level II Trauma Center by the state of NJ, as well as a Magnet Hospital for Excellence in Nursing Service. Morristown Medical is also home to the largest cardiac surgery program in New Jersey, and the hospital carries the highest state designation for maternity centers, the Regional Perinatal Center, which allows the hospital to treat the most complicated obstetrical cases and provide specialized care to sick or premature infants.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Morristown Medical Center as a top hospital nationwide for cardiology, heart surgery and gynecology, in the publication’s annual Best Hospitals list. Morristown Medical Center also ranked among the best hospitals in New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Orthopedics as well as Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pulmonology and Urology.

Dr. Shulkin is also administrator of the Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, the second largest ACO in the nation. Touted as one of the “10 ACOs to Know” by Becker’s Hospital Review, the Atlantic ACO includes a partnership with Valley Health System in Ridgewood, NJ, and participation from more than 1,300 physicians, including more than 200 primary care physicians, 50 nurse practitioners and 10 ancillary care providers in Bergen, Morris, Sussex, Somerset, and Union counties. Through its participating physicians, hospitals, and staff, Atlantic ACO is committed to improving the quality of health care and reducing the individual and clinical health care costs for the Medicare population served in these regions.

Shulkin steps into the role of chairman following Robert C. Garrett, President and CEO Hackensack University Health Network.

“I was proud to serve as the chairman of the board for the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals. I believe in the council’s mission and vision,” Garrett said. “The council’s membership and leadership make it uniquely qualified in its ability to navigate the changing landscape of academic medicine. I cannot think of anyone better suited to shepherd the Council into the next phase of its growth than Dr. David Shulkin. It is with great pride and confidence that I turn over the leadership of this board to him. His experience as a healthcare executive coupled with his clinical background will be an asset to the council and to New Jersey.”

Dr. Shulkin joined Atlantic Health System in January 2010 from Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, where he served for four years as president and CEO and led a financial turnaround and rebuild of the 1.3 billion dollar organization. A board-certified internist, Shulkin has served in numerous physician leadership and academic roles, including: chief medical officer for Temple University Hospital and for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as vice dean and chairman of the Department of Medicine for Drexel University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shulkin received his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, performed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and a residency and Fellowship in General Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center. He received advanced training in outcomes research and economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Shulkin founded and served as the Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc one of the first consumer orientated sources of information for quality and safety in healthcare.  Dr. Shulkin has been on the editorial boards of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Patient Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management. 

In 2011, for the third year, Dr. Shulkin was named one of the “50 Most Influential Physician Executives in the Country” by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. Previously, Dr. Shulkin was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in American Healthcare,” as well as one of the country's top health care leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare, and has received the International Leader in Health Care Award by the Healthcare Forum.

The New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH) serves as a voice and central catalyst, magnifying the distinct assets of the state’s medical education organizations and providing information, opportunities and resources that support their delivery of the finest physicians, research and patient care in the nation.