Apr 13, 2023 Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center Inducts New Medical Staff Leadership

The more than 1,700 attending physicians at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) recently elected leaders among the group to serve two-year terms as Medical Staff Officers.

Inducted at the Quarterly Medical Staff Meeting in March were Michael D. Addis, MD, FACS, who will serve as Medical Staff President as well as John Shumko, MD, PhD, First Vice President; Alison Grann, MD, Second Vice President; Michael LaSalle, MD, Secretary; and Joel Braverman, MD, Treasurer.

“Led by Dr. Michael Addis, our new medical staff officers are integral to collaborating with our diverse roster of physicians to carry out our mission of compassionate care, health care excellence and superior service,” said Richard L. Davis, President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. “Their proven leadership and vision will continue to help expand pathways to outstanding care for our patients and their families.”

Newly elected President Dr. Addis is a board-certified vascular surgeon and Clinical Chairperson for the Department of Surgery at CBMC. He has a special interest in endovascular treatment of abdominal and thoracic disease, hemodialysis access and peripheral vascular disease. He has presented this topic at various symposia and is currently serving as Vice President of the New Jersey Vascular Society. Peers have also voted him “Top Doc in New Jersey” for 14 consecutive years.

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Dr. Addis served as an Infantry Officer in the United Sates Army for eight years. He then graduated from the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools before being assigned to the 4th Battalion 18th Infantry in Germany. He served during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for bravery during combat operations against the Iraqi Republican Guard in February 1991. He left the Army to pursue a career in medicine.

Dr. Shumko, First Vice President, is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with diverse medical expertise in the areas of musculoskeletal and spine disorders. Presently practicing at New Jersey Spine Center in Chatham, NJ, he diagnoses and treats patients with spine and muscle/joint pain, sports injuries, ambulatory/balance issues and arthritic conditions. He also performs Electrodiagnostic testing (EMG) to identify central and peripheral nerve lesions. Dr. Shumko is the Chairman of the Credentials Panel at CBMC and has held the positions of Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and medical director of the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute at the Matthew J. Morahan III Assessment Center for Athletes. Prior to his experience at CBMC, Dr. Shumko served as the medical director at Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Rehabilitation Center in New York. Peers have also voted him “Top Doc in New Jersey” for 17 consecutive years.

Dr. Grann, who was elected Second Vice President of the CBMC Medical Staff, is also the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at CBMC and Northern Regional Director of Radiation Oncology Network Integration and Quality for RWJBarnabas Health. She holds a dual appointment at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is a board-certified Radiation Oncologist specializing in the treatment and research of breast cancer, brain tumors and prostate cancer. She is also a member of the CBMC Board of Trustees.

As a thought leader in the field of radiation oncology, Dr. Grann is committed to research and has served as principal investigator on several clinical trials. She has completed more than 20 research projects, publications, conference proceedings, abstracts and book chapters.

Additionally, Dr. Grann is a member of numerous medical organizations including the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Medical Association, Metropolitan Breast Group and Society of Breast Diseases. She has also received numerous awards and honors and is consistently listed in “Top Doctors” in NJ Monthly Magazine and “Best Doctors in America” by Castle Connolly.

Dr. LaSalle, was elected Secretary. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Urology/Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark as well as a practicing urologic surgeon in Livingston, NJ. He graduated as a George H. Cook Honor’s Scholar from Cook College at Rutgers University in 1987 and obtained his medical degree at UMDNJ in 1991. He also completed his Surgery/Urology residency at UMDNJ in 1997, received fellowship training at Boston University School of Medicine in Male Reproductive Medicine, Erectile Dysfunction and Reconstructive Microsurgery in 1998 and is a Diplomat of the American Board of Urology as well as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. LaSalle has co-authored more than 30 research abstracts, publications and book chapters in peer reviewed journals and texts. He has received awards of distinction such as the SmithKline/Boston Biomedica Award, the American Academy of Pediatrics—Pediatric Urology Best Clinical Research Finalist and the Charles L. Brown Award for his basic science and clinical research contributions. He has been honored as one of New Jersey Monthly's Top Doctors for 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Additionally, Dr. LaSalle has lectured nationally on various aspects of urological surgery including erectile dysfunction, male factor infertility and microsurgery.

Dr. Braverman, a board-certified anesthesiologist, critical care specialist and fellowship-trained cardiac anesthesiologist, was elected Treasurer of the CBMC Medical Staff. Dr. Bravermanwas named Chair of The Department of Anesthesiology at CBMC in 2022, previously having served as Section Chief of Cardiac Anesthesia since 2015. He has been integral with the recent in-sourcing and restructuring efforts within the Department of Anesthesiology.

About Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Since 1865, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC), formerly known as Saint Barnabas Medical Center, has worked to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate, comprehensive health care. As New Jersey’s oldest nonsectarian hospital, the 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and 90,000 Emergency Department patients each year. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing world-class care—delivering 6,400 babies annually which is one of the largest programs in the state, leading the nation in Kidney Transplant, and providing more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services. RWJBarnabas Health and Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center in partnership with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey - the state's only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center - brings a world class team of researchers and specialists to fight alongside you, providing close-to-home access to the latest treatment and clinical trials. Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center is located at 94 Old Short Hills Road, Livingston, NJ 07039. For more information, call 973-322-5000 or visit rwjbh.org/coopermanbarnabas.