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Drexel University Neuroscience Faculty To Move To Cooper University Hospital: Dr. Warren Goldman To Lead Cooper Neuroscience Institute In Precedent-Setting Relocation Of Most Of Clinical Faculty To South Jersey

10/19/2005 5:11:14 PM

CAMDEN, N.J., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Officials at Cooper University Hospital announced today that H. Warren Goldman, M.D. Ph.D., Chairman and Professor of the Department of Neurosurgery for Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly MCP Hahnemann University), is moving to Cooper University Hospital to develop the Cooper Neuroscience Institute. Two other faculty members of Drexel University College of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery will be accompanying Dr. Goldman in the move from Drexel to Cooper University Hospital and the Cooper Neuroscience Institute, Alan R. Turtz, M.D., and Steven S. Yocom, D.O.

"We are extremely excited about Dr. Goldman and his team coming to Cooper University Hospital to develop our Neuroscience Institute. It is a tremendous coup for Cooper to recruit three of the leading neurosurgeons in the Delaware Valley," stated Christopher T. Olivia, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer at Cooper. "Dr. Goldman is a highly distinguished neurosurgeon who is both nationally and internationally renowned for his clinical research and academic leadership. Besides bringing his clinical leadership talents to Cooper, he will make Cooper University Hospital the regional leader in minimally invasive neurosurgery," stated Olivia. "But it doesn't stop there. This team will give Cooper University Hospital extensive clinical depth in brain surgery and complex spinal surgery - the treatment of brain tumors, neurotrauma, spinal disorders and degenerative diseases of the spine," noted CEO Olivia.

"We believe it is precedent-setting for a substantial component of an academic medical department to move from a Philadelphia teaching hospital to Cooper University Hospital," stated Stephen Rimar, M.D., Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at Cooper University Hospital.

"My Neurosciences team and I are honored to join the prestigious University Hospital that Cooper has become. We look forward to developing and working with the administration as well as physicians and nurses to make this program a success," states Dr. Goldman. "Cooper has developed into a strong healthcare leader and we plan to build upon the solid foundation which already exists within Cooper's other Centers of Excellence," stated Dr. Goldman.

Dr. Goldman is particularly recognized for his work in stereotactic radiosurgery and minimally invasive brain surgery. He is a frequent lecturer and author of over 40 scientific papers who was awarded the Medal of Honor by New York Medical College and received the Distinguished Service Award from the MCP Hahnemann University Department of Surgery. Alan R. Turtz, M.D. is a nationally recognized leader in the treatment of brain tumors and a pioneer in the use of minimally invasive cerebral endoscopy. He previously held the position of Chief of Neurosurgical Services and Director of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit at MCP Hospital. Steven S. Yocom, D.O. is a specialist in complex spinal surgery utilizing spinal fusion with instrumentation, with a clinical focus on the use of advanced spinal surgical procedures to treat degenerative diseases of the spine.

"There is tremendous momentum in the growth and emergence of Cooper University Hospital as the most sophisticated health care provider in the South Jersey region, and increasingly, the entire Delaware Valley," stated Charles E. Sessa, Jr., Chairman, Board of Trustees. "Cooper is clearly demonstrating unparalleled clinical leadership in improving access for South Jersey residents to the highest level of health care services available anywhere," stated Sessa. "No other provider in southern New Jersey presents such clinical breadth and depth - from Level One Trauma to the Cooper Heart Institute, Cooper Critical Care, the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Cooper. And now, Dr. Goldman and his team, along with our distinguished faculty, will develop the Cooper Neuroscience Institute. There is palpable excitement at Cooper about how we are positively impacting the entire health care system in South Jersey," explained Sessa.

Two years ago Cooper announced the recruitment of world-renown leaders in cardiovascular care and critical care medicine with the arrival of Joseph Parrillo, M.D. and Phil Dellinger, M.D., to provide clinical leadership, respectively, for the Cooper Heart Institute and Cooper Critical Care. In addition to its Level One Trauma service, Cooper is known for treating more critical care transport patients than any other critical care medical center in the Delaware Valley. Just over a year ago, Cooper succeeded in recruiting one of the leading orthopedic surgery practices in the Philadelphia region, and launched the Cooper Bone and Joint Institute under the leadership of Larry Miller, M.D. and Eric Hume, M.D. In the fall of 2003 it was announced that Cooper University Hospital was partnering with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the only cancer center in New Jersey designated as a comprehensive center by the National Cancer Institute, to lead in the development of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Cooper to serve the southern New Jersey region. Only recently, Cooper University Hospital announced plans for a $117 million expansion of its hospital facilities in Camden.

The Cooper Health System and its flagship Cooper University Hospital is the premier provider of comprehensive health services and advanced medical technology in southern New Jersey. As a clinical and core teaching campus for the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School-Camden, Cooper has become a national leader in medical education and research. For patients, that means the widest array of clinical services in southern New Jersey with a full continuum of primary and tertiary care, innovative diagnosis and treatment options with access to cutting-edge research and protocols.

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CONTACT: Lori Shaffer, Cooper University Hospital, +1-856-342-2911

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