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Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute

Center of Excellence

Awards and Accolades

  • Ranked 1 of the 50 Best Hospitals in the U.S. for Cardiology, Heart and Vascular Surgery

    – U.S. News & World Report

  • 5-star recipient for Treatment of Heart Failure for 12 Consecutive Years (2012-2023)

    – Healthgrades

  • Transcatheter Valve Certification

    – American College of Cardiology

  • 3-Star Rating (Highest Possible) for CABG and Mitral Valve Replacement and Repair

    – Society of Thoracic Surgeons 

Purposeful giving to cardiovascular programs at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute has built our reputation for world-class care from the ground up; we are second to none, thanks to your dynamic partnership with us. Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute’s resources – our state-of-the-art hospital, equipment and, most importantly, our team – continue to set the highest standard for cardiovascular care in the region.

Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC

Dorothy and Lloyd Huck Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Morristown Medical Center
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line, Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System

Donor-funded Equipment Highlights

  • Echocardiogram Machine

    This essential diagnostic equipment helps identify a variety of cardiovascular conditions — from chest pain, dizziness and palpitations to tumors, heart valve leakage and heart anomalies.

Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute is home to world-renowned experts and numerous life-saving treatments. Donor contributions play an essential role in expanding research, improving programs and broadening the variety of educational offerings that further strengthen the already high-quality care given to a growing number of patients needing cardiovascular care in our communities. Donors such as the Irene Family helped to fund our Cardiovascular Center of Excellence last year.

Cardiology Fellowship Program

Lillian Aldaia, MD

Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute

Led by Lillian Aldaia, MD, the Cardiology Fellowship Program at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute provides intensive training in the full scope of cardiovascular medicine and spans a range of inherited and acquired cardiovascular diseases. Fellows are trained over three years in advanced imaging, electrophysiology, heart failure treatment and interventional cardiology. The Pester Family Fellow Endowment Fund helps to ensure the continued success of the program, and a generous gift in 2023 from The Sodhani Foundation will fully fund an additional fellow position.

Cardiovascular Rescue and Recovery Program

Dimitrios Karmpaliotis, MD

Medical Director, Cardiovascular Rescue and Recovery Program and Advanced Coronary Therapeutics and Chronic Total Occlusions Program,
Morristown Medical Center

Amirali Masoumi, MD

Medical Director, Cardiac Critical Care

Medical Interventional Director, Cardiogenic Shock and Mechanical
Circulatory Support Program,
Morristown Medical Center

Atlantic Health System’s Cardiovascular Rescue and Recovery Program at Morristown Medical Center expands the medical center’s ability to provide 24/7/365 multidisciplinary care to our most critically ill heart patients with access to world-renowned specialists and life-saving treatments through Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute. Established in September 2021 with help from the Foundation’s community of donors, it is the first-and-only program of its kind in the state. In 2023, philanthropy from James and Grace Woo facilitated the addition of a research coordinator to further aid the program’s efforts.


toward $6 million goal as of December 31, 2023

Thank you to our donors, including:

  • Davino Family Foundation
  • The Gagnon Family Foundation
  • Barbara and Bob Luciano
  • Mark and Sharon Newman
  • James and Grace Woo
  • Glenn and Marcie Yarnis
  • And many other generous donors

Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM)

Matthew Martinez, MD, FACC

Director, Atlantic Health System Sports Cardiology
Morristown Medical Center

Director, Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy
Morristown Medical Center

With donor contributions, including significant gifts from Gar-Wood Burwell and Jonathan Dietz, advanced diagnostic care and treatment are available at the Chanin T. Mast Center for Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute – the only dedicated HCM program in the state and one of only two on the East Coast. Philanthropy has been crucial to the program’s overall success and has enhanced patient care, enabled research studies, facilitated community outreach and funded educational events. Matthew Martinez, MD, continues to represent the program on a national stage through his expertise and treatment of conditions of several high-profile athletes.

Advanced Interventional Cardiac Fellowship Fund

Barry Cohen, MD

Director, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Morristown Medical Center

This donor-funded one-year Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is for a fellow who has completed three years of an internal medicine residency and three years of a general cardiology fellowship to become a sub-specialist in treating patients with coronary artery disease.

Heart Success Program

The Heart Success Program is a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient program designed to provide specialized care in the management of patients with heart failure. Morristown Medical Center’s team of experts is comprised of physicians, advanced practice nurses, specialized RNs, dieticians and pharmacists. Together, they evaluate each patient and develop a comprehensive care plan for both the patient and family.

With the support of benefactors such as the Estate of Dawn E. Wolfenbarger, heart patients receive intensive education focusing on techniques for self-care management and access to tele-management, cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art diagnostic testing.

Cardiac Patient Support Fund

Donations provide underserved, uninsured and underinsured patients with resources to cover essential medications, transportation to and from appointments and other non-medical needs that Medicare does not cover.