PATERSON, N.J. (September 26, 2022) — St. Joseph’s Health is pleased to announce the appointment of Eric T. Choi, MD, FACS, as the new Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and as a member of the Division of Vascular Surgery.
Dr. Choi comes to St. Joseph’s from Temple University Hospital, where he served as Chief, Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Co-Surgical Director of the Temple Heart and Vascular Institute, and Professor of Surgery at Temple University. Dr. Choi will provide leadership and oversight of surgical services and functions across the St. Joseph’s Health system, including St. Joseph’s University Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center.
“Dr. Choi is an accomplished surgeon, educator, researcher and leader who is excited about the opportunity to grow our surgery program,” said Mark Connolly, MD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “Dr. Choi brings more than two decades of experience to St. Joseph’s working as not only a highly-skilled surgeon, but also a mentor for those entering the surgical field. We are also looking forward to using Dr. Choi’s experience and expertise in developing a multidisciplinary Limb Salvage Center of Excellence at St. Joseph’s to better serve our patients.”
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Choi will also treat patients, performing vascular surgery for aortic aneurysmal disease, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease and dialysis arteriovenous (AV) access.
Dr. Choi completed his residency in General Surgery and Fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He went on to practice vascular surgery at Barnes-Jewish and John Cochran VA prior to his work at Temple University Hospital. In addition to his clinical work, he also served as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Every year since 2012, Dr. Choi has been recognized as a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and Philadelphia magazine.
“Throughout my career, I have dedicated myself to not only perfecting my skills as a surgeon, but also enhancing my knowledge of new advancements in vascular surgery and medicine,” says Dr. Choi. “I am thrilled to be joining the St. Joseph’s Health family.”
ABOUT ST. JOSEPH’S HEALTH
Founded in 1867 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, St. Joseph’s Health is a world-class hospital and healthcare network supported by more than 5,000 leading and renowned physicians, nurses and care teams. From its humble beginnings, St. Joseph’s Health has become one of the premier health systems in the state, serving more than 1.5 million patients annually. The organization continues to evolve as the leading health resource in the community, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the largest providers of charity care in New Jersey.
The St. Joseph’s Health system is one of the leading clinical teaching and academic centers in the country, and has been recognized for its innovative programs and cutting-edge services. The health system operates a full continuum of care, including a regional tertiary care medical center (St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson), an acute care medical center (St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne) a state-designated children’s hospital (St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, Paterson), a rehabilitation and long-term care facility (St. Joseph’s Healthcare & Rehab Center, Cedar Grove), an outpatient facility (St. Joseph’s Totowa Health Campus, Totowa) comprehensive home care (Visiting Health Services of New Jersey), and multiple ambulatory care centers located throughout Northern New Jersey. The system is further supported by St. Joseph’s Health Medical Group, which operates more than 100 physician medical and specialty practices across northern New Jersey.
Among its awarding-winning specialties, St. Joseph’s is home to the nationally acclaimed Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO®) program; the first accredited Geriatric Emergency Department in New Jersey; and recognized by US News with a top nursing home award and a five-star rating. In addition, St. Joseph’s University Medical Center is a five-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet® Award for Nursing Excellence, the profession’s highest honor
In September 2019, St. Joseph’s Health established a strategic and clinical partnership with Hackensack Meridian Health, one of New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive and integrated health networks. Together, the two health systems operate a jointly-owned home health and hospice agency, serving patients and families across Bergen, Passaic and Morris Counties. In addition, St. Joseph’s and Hackensack Meridian have collaborated on clinical affiliations in acute rehabilitation (with the HMH JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute) and comprehensive oncology care (with the HMH John Theurer Cancer Center). For more information, please visit www.stjosephshealth.org.