Atlantic Health System Welcomes Clinical Director


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Atlantic Health System announced the arrival of Suja Mathew, MD, FACP, as the system’s new executive vice president and clinical director. With decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, Dr. Mathew will work collaboratively to provide innovative, high-quality care to patients across the region.

Suja MathewWorking directly with Atlantic Health System’s chief physicians and quality, research and academic teams, Dr. Mathew’s work will strengthen the bonds that connect the entire Atlantic Health System care network, empowering every patient to benefit from its system-wide resources. In her unique role as Clinical Director, Dr. Mathew will primarily focus on three key areas: optimizing patient access across the Atlantic Health System’s network of care, enhancing research and teaching innovations in the system and continuing the system’s commitment to the highest quality. care.

“Atlantic Health System provides expert care to our communities. I want every patient to know that no matter where and how you enter our system, you can have access to the best the Atlantic has to offer,” said Dr. Mathew. “Delivering extraordinary care across our network means we help patients and their families stay healthy or recover from illness in the right environment, at the right time, and at the right cost. In addition, our research programs bring cutting-edge therapies to our patients and allow us to contribute to the creation of medical knowledge. Our educational programs ensure that we impact medicine for generations to come.

Dr. Mathew is a transformative and influential leader. Prior to joining Atlantic Health, she was President of Medicine for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Cook County, Illinois. There, she oversaw system-wide inpatient and outpatient internal medicine, dermatology, and neurology services throughout the system, including Stroger Hospital of Cook County (a 464-bed teaching hospital ), Provident Hospital of Cook County (25-bed community hospital), Community Ambulatory Health Network, and Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center. Dr. Mathew has also led one of the largest internal medicine residency programs in the nation, fellowships in 9 internal medicine subspecialties, residencies in preventive medicine and dermatology, and clerkship programs for students in medicine from Rush Medical College, Rosalind Franklin University, and Midwestern University.

“The Atlantic Health System team prides itself on our culture of inquiry and is constantly looking for new ways to improve lives within the communities we serve,” said Brian Gragnolati, President and CEO. “As a leader who has dedicated her career to building strong relationships between patients and caregivers, Suja is a perfect fit for the Atlantic health system. I look forward to working with her on behalf of our patients, their families and our entire team.

Dr. Mathew is a nationally recognized leader in the field of physician education who serves on the board of directors of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest organization of specialty physicians. As chair of its Health and Public Policy Committee, she leads the creation of CPA’s position statements, helping to define health care policy for the entire field. She is a delegate to the American Medical Association House of Delegates. Dr. Mathew has a keen interest in career sustainability and job satisfaction, and has mentored many residents, chief residents and faculty members who have gone on to take on important leadership roles locally and nationally. .

Dr. Mathew has a passion for health equity and meeting the needs of marginalized communities. She advocates for all Americans to have access to reliable sources of nutritious food and has served as president of Doctors for a Hunger Free America since 2019.

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