Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation to Host Annual 2023 Urology Research and Education Symposium

Event to raise funds for urologic research, education and innovation 
Hackensack, NJ – September 12, 2023 – On Tuesday,  September 19, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation will host its annual 2023 Urology Research and Education Symposium at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale.

The event will honor grateful patient Joseph Curcio, owner and president of Maloney & Curcio, Inc., a manufacturers representative based in Mountainside, NJ, and support urologic research, education and innovation at the Department of Urology at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center.

“I look forward to participating in our annual Urology Research and Education Symposium each year,” said Michael Stifelman, M.D., department chair, Department of Urology, Hackensack University Medical Center, and professor and chair, Urology, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine. “Last month, our Department of Urology was ranked as number 27 of the best urology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and our symposium allows us to showcase why. Our patients are at the center of everything we do, which motivates us to be at the forefront of research and ensure they have access to the most innovative technology and groundbreaking techniques. I can’t wait to see our patients and community of supporters for another fantastic evening.”

This year’s event will include a cocktail reception with dinner, technology exhibition, a presentation and a urology panel discussion led by Dr. Stifelman with speakers Debra L. Fromer, M.D., chief of Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction; Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., president of Academics, Research & Innovation, founding chair at the Research Institute at Hackensack Meridian Health and associate dean of Clinical Integration and professor and chair emeritus of Urology at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine; and Kevin Basralian, M.D., senior urology attending.

“The power of philanthropy allows for incredible advancements, and the Department of Urology at Hackensack University Medical Center accomplishes amazing feats in support and care of its patients daily through its dedicated and compassionate team, research, education and innovation,” said Richard Knupp, vice president of Development, North at Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation. “This year’s event is sure to be one to remember and I look forward to welcoming our guests!”

To register or sponsor this year’s event, visit GiveHMH.org/HUMCUrology. To learn how you can support the Department of Urology at Hackensack University Medical Center, contact Richard Knupp at richard.knupp@hmhn.org.


Hackensack University Medical Center, a 803-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital, was Bergen County’s first hospital founded in 1888. It was also the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet?-recognized hospital for nursing excellence, receiving its sixth consecutive designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center has a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the highest rating offered by the federal agency’s Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating Program. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #1 in N.J. by the annual U.S. News & World Report 2023-24 Best Hospital rankings - the only N.J. hospital with the #1 adult and children’s hospital rankings. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked Hackensack University Medical Center #6 overall in the New York Metropolitan area and #32 in the nation. The hospital also earned multiple recognitions for high-performing procedures and conditions that include having the following best nationally-ranked programs in NJ: Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery (#42); Pulmonology and Lung Surgery (#24); Geriatrics (#36). Hackensack University Medical Center is the only NJ hospital nationally ranked in Neurology and Neurosurgery (#22), Urology (#27) and Orthopedics (#33) as well as being home to The John Theurer Cancer Center, a premier cancer center in the state. Named to Newsweek’s World’s Best Hospitals 2023 list, Hackensack University Medical Center is also the recipient of the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award? by Healthgrades as well as an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This award-winning care is provided on a campus that is home to facilities such as the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, also ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Region in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023-24 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, the children’s cancer, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology programs ranks in the top 50 in the United States. Hackensack University Medical Center is listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Our comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. The hospital campus is also home to the Helena Theurer Pavilion, the largest healthcare expansion project ever approved by the state: The 530,000-sq.-ft., nine-story surgical and intensive care tower is considered N.J. 's first ‘smart hospital’ and houses 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capability, 50 ICU beds, and 175 medical/surgical beds including a 50 room Musculoskeletal Institute.

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