Fall 2023

Rutgers Health Hub

We are delighted to commemorate a significant milestone with you: the ten-year anniversary of the founding of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, now known as Rutgers Health.

Over the course of ten years, we have exceeded expectations for what an academic health system could be, including bringing in $3.7 billion in extramural funding to Rutgers and the state of New Jersey. In this issue of the Rutgers Health Hub, you will read about some of our major accomplishments from the past ten years, including the new institutes and centers that were established, our COVID-19 pandemic response, and community initiatives that are making the world well.


Over the next few months, I hope you enjoy celebrating a decade of progress and learning more about the transformational achievements that have catalyzed us, changed Rutgers, and continue today to benefit New Jersey and beyond.




Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH 

Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Rutgers University 

A Decade of Commitment to Community Health

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Community engagement is a cornerstone of Rutgers Health. For years, Rutgers has worked to deliver quality health care to the people of New Jersey, particularly in underserved areas, and to provide care regardless of cultural or ethnic background or ability to pay.

This commitment to Newark, New Brunswick, and throughout New Jersey has only deepened during the past decade. Today, dozens of Rutgers Health programs connect doctors, nurses, researchers, and students with the communities and people they serve.

How Rutgers Health Mobilized to Fight COVID-19

Two weeks separated the declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency and the first major countermeasure from Rutgers Health. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School announced that it would expedite graduation for its 192 final-year students so they could begin treating patients sooner. Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Rutgers School of Nursing, and the Rutgers School of Health Professions announced similar plans shortly thereafter.

Those decisions — which sped many hundreds of caregivers to hospitals and clinics just as surging caseloads threatened to overwhelm the system — illustrated how scale helped Rutgers Health significantly impact the fight against COVID-19. 

Following this initial response, multiple schools across Rutgers Health made significant contributions to combat the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, through research, testing, and providing much-needed care to New Jersey's disparate communities.

Read more about these efforts.

Ten-Year Celebration Events

In September, the Rutgers Health community came together at the Newark and New Brunswick campuses to celebrate our founding. Chancellor Brian Strom gave remarks commemorating the occasion while attendees enjoyed giveaways, a photo booth, and cupcakes.

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A Research Powerhouse

Rutgers Opens Alzheimer’s and Dementia Clinical Research and Treatment Center 

Rutgers Health recently launched the Herbert and Jacqueline Krieger Klein Alzheimer’s and Dementia Clinical Research and Treatment Center. Based at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute, the center offers research expertise from the institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey Medical School, and the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, as well as facilitates clinical research in Alzheimer’s disease that could result in new medical treatments.

The center is supported by a $5 million donation from Herbert C. Klein, a Rutgers alumnus and former U.S. congressman, who made the gift in memory of his wife, Jacqueline Krieger Klein, who died in 2017 after battling Alzheimer’s disease.  

Read more about the center.

More Research at Rutgers Health

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Community News

Addressing Humanity’s Shared Challenges

Ten years after the creation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, now known as Rutgers Health, new university institutes and centers were established that are serving as hubs of health care and research innovation and are bringing the world’s best medical ideas to New Jersey and beyond.

One of the new centers is the Rutgers Global Health Institute, where director and professor of global health and medical oncology Richard Marlink leads a team working to confront health injustice wherever it occurs. In addition to advancing digital pathology and expanding the use of distance learning and telehealth capabilities for cancer care and screening in Africa, institute faculty and staff are working with underserved communities to tackle urgent health needs in New Jersey, elsewhere in the United States, and in many countries around the world.

Other centers created since the founding include: the Brain Health Institute (BHI), Rutgers Center for Autism Research, Education, and Services, Rutgers Addiction Research Center, Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research, Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases (i3D), Center for COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness, Institute for Nicotine and Tobacco Studies (formerly known as the Center for Tobacco Studies), Center for Population-Level Bioethics, Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science (RITMS), and the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science.

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School of Nursing Receives Excellence in Diversity Award

The Rutgers School of Nursing is one of 10 colleges and schools of nursing in the nation to be recognized for its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Health Education Matters

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Launch of the Rutgers Health Service Corps High School Summer Program

The Rutgers Health Service Corps launched its inaugural high school summer program this past July, named PHOENIX (Population Health Outreach and Education for Next generation Impact and eXcellence), with the aim of introducing high school students to the health professions, population health, and community service. Rutgers Health Service Corps prepares students, faculty, staff, and community members to have a positive impact on health and wellness across Rutgers and New Jersey through education, innovation, and service. 

16 rising New Jersey high school juniors and seniors participated in the program at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Leading the program were Humaira Chaudhry, associate professor of practice and chair of the radiology department at New Jersey Medical School, and Jack Hemphill, associate program manager in the Rutgers Office of Population Health.

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Plans Detail Massive Medical School Renovation to Improve Care in Newark

Plans are underway to renovate what is known as the "central hub" of the New Jersey Medical School campus. The renovations to the 47-year-old Medical Sciences Building will improve the quality of research and modernize educational space while increasing the number of researchers each lab can hold. Such upgrades should help existing faculty attract more research funding while enabling the medical school to bring in more top talent.

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Clinical News

A Generous Gift for the Future of Aging

L to R: Robert Muñiz, president and CEO of Parker Health Group; Amy Murtha, dean of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS); Donna Silbert, chief strategy officer of Parker Health Group; and Alfred F.Tallia, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at RWJMS.

Rutgers Health is filling a healthcare gap thanks to a generous $18.8 Million gift from the Parker Health Group. This gift will create the Parker Health Group Division of Geriatrics in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, which will focus on improving care for seniors through applied research, education, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

America’s population above the age of 65 is forecast to expand dramatically over the next three decades. Predictions are that this demographic will almost double from 46 million to 90 million by 2050. The number of often hard-to-fill openings in the health care field caring for seniors is expected to grow exponentially as well.

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Avoid a "Tripledemic" This Winter By Getting your Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

Liver Transplant Team at New Jersey Medical School and University Health Ranked No. 1 in the Nation for Survival Rates

The Center for Advanced Liver Diseases and Transplantation at University Hospital in Newark, which is led by New Jersey Medical School physicians, was recently ranked by The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients as the national leader in three-year survival rates for liver transplant programs across the country.

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EMSOP Student Helps Break Down Barriers to Health Care for Patient

Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy student Andrea Mosquera went above and beyond to help a Spanish-speaking patient admitted with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA).

As the patient was 18 but still in high school, Andrea stepped up and helped this person navigate insurance and the health care system. As a Spanish-speaker herself, she went to appointments with the patient on her own time to ensure this person could communicate and understand what they needed to learn to manage their diabetes, and to make sure they could get the supplies and insulin needed to keep them healthy and out of the hospital.

Climate Action Working Group is Seeking More Participants

The Rutgers Health Climate Action Working Group (CAWG), part of the Rutgers Office of Climate Action, is seeking more participants who are interested in joining one of the many committees to help achieve sustainability goals. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in any of the following groups: Education and Strategic Communications, Green Labs, Green Practice, and Student Engagement.

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Rutgers Health in the News

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