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Charity Ball Salutes John Ambrose, MD, for Physician Leadership

John Ambrose MDSt. Joseph’s Health has announced that John Ambrose, MD, FAAOS, Chairman, Orthopedic Surgery, St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center and Director, Orthopedic Out-Patient Services, St. Joseph’s Health, is the recipient of St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center Distinguished Physician Award, presented at the 2014 Charity Ball. The St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center (SJWMC) and St. Joseph’s University Medical Center (SJUMC) Foundations are proud to co-sponsor the 2014 Charity Ball, a black tie event to be held on Saturday, November 15that the Waldorf Astoria, New York City.

An respected member of the medical staff, Dr. Ambrose began his affiliation with St. Joseph’s in 1968, as a volunteer extern and a Paterson Fire Department ambulance attendant. He joined the staff of St. Joseph’s and the then Greater Paterson General (later Wayne General and St. Joseph’s Wayne) Hospital in 1976.

Now affiliated with Elite Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Dr. Ambrose was in solo practice in Totowa from 1980 until 2013. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), completed an internship in General Surgery at St. Barnabas and a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He became board certified in Orthopedic Surgery in 1977 and was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons the same year.

Dr. Ambrose is the past president of the combined SJUMC and SJWMC Medical Staffs, having served three years in that office. He was a long-time Chairman of the Credentials Committee and he has remained active on the Medical Executive Committee for many years. He has held his current position as Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery for several terms since the 1990s.

Beginning in 2006, he has overseen resident performance and education at the DePaul Ambulatory Care Center’s outpatient clinic and in 2014 received the official title as Director of Orthopedic Out-Patient Services for St. Joseph’s Health. Dr. Ambrose has been personally committed to the teaching of orthopedic residents and interns for 38 years, currently serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Seton Hall Graduate School of Medicine.

He is a member of the Medical Society of New Jersey, the New Jersey Orthopedic Society and the Passaic County Medical Society.

Dr. Ambrose was born in Jersey City and currently resides in Totowa. He is the father of three children: Lauren, John and Daniel. Dr. Ambrose credits the love of his life and life partner, Dr. Marzena Odorczuk, for her ongoing support, and his brother Tom Ambrose, his personal business manager for the past four decades, for assisting in his professional achievements.

November 10, 2014