PATERSON, NJ [OCTOBER 26, 2011] – The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is honored to announce that Stephen P. Winikoff, MD, Chairman of Anesthesiology, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center /St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, was recently presented with the prestigious Kendrick P. Lance, MD Distinguished Physician Award at the St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation's 35th Annual Charity Ball for his key role as a physician-leader and outstanding efforts on behalf of St. Joseph's.
Dr. Winikoff began his medical career at The Chicago Medical School, followed by internships and residencies at The New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Prior to joining St. Joseph's, he served as an Associate Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Graduate Medical Education. For more than 23 years, Dr. Winikoff has been dedicated to healing and teaching at St. Joseph's. After his initial appointment to the Department in 1988, he served as Associate Chairman from 1992-1999, as well as President of the Medical Staff from 1998-1999.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is home to the oldest existing anesthesiology residency program in the State of New Jersey. As Director of the Residency Program, Dr. Winikoff has dedicated himself to teaching the many internal medicine residents and medical students that pass through St. Joseph's each year. Due in part to his leadership and the efforts of his team, the Residency Program has continued to flourish. Past graduates of the program have become leaders in the fields of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, department heads and staff anesthesiologists across the country, and have even cared for presidents of the United States. Dr. Winikoff is universally respected by his residents, past and present, for his superb technical expertise and calming bedside manner, and beloved for his supportive, encouraging teaching style.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Winikoff is also passionate about caring for St. Joseph's youngest patients. He very effectively eases the stress of pediatric patients by employing the latest techniques in operative care and pain management. He also pays special attention to involving the entire family. Parents and children are encouraged to attend pre-operative tours of the operating room facilities and parents are permitted to accompany their children into pre-operative induction rooms. They are also encouraged and given the opportunity to be present in the recovery room after surgery, with their child when they wake up, which minimizes stress for the patient and the family. Dr. Winikoff has been involved in many of St. Joseph's most famous pediatric cases, most notably the first (and only) separation of conjoined twins in New Jersey's history. He led the anesthesia team through the successful 6 ½ hour surgery.
He has also been a part of the NJ Anesthesia Group for nearly a quarter of a century, where he currently serves as its President. Dr. Winikoff and his wife Lori are residents of Woodcliff Lake, NJ. They are the proud parents of four children.