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Valley and the LGBTQ Community

 

Valley Health System is proud of its commitment to the LGBTQ community! This page will provide updates on various initiatives underway at Valley.

Our Commitment -- in Writing

Three of Valley's most important documents – its two Patient Bills of Rights and its Non-Discrimination Policy – are testament to our belief in equal access to healthcare for all people.

Bills of Rights

Valley's Patient Bill of Rights and Ambulatory Patient Bill of Rights make clear Valley's belief that individuals of all backgrounds, including sexual orientation and gender identity, share indispensable and essential rights regarding all aspects of their healthcare. To view our Patient Bill of Rights, click here. To view our Ambulatory Bill of Rights, click here.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Valley's Non-Discrimination Policy is an internal policy making clear to employees that Valley will not tolerate discrimination of any kind in the workplace. This paragraph is excerpted from that policy:

It is a policy of The Valley Hospital to make its health and medical care facilities and services available to all persons without regard to sex, race, physical or mental handicap or disability, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, age, affectional or sexual orientation or affiliation, gender identity or expression, veteran's status, creed, atypical cellular or blood trait or hereditary disorder or genetic condition (including refusal to submit to genetic testing), religion, color, national origin, ancestry, nationality, liability for military service, and any other basis deemed protected under federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation. Such harassment and discrimination is unlawful and shall not be tolerated.

Healthcare Equality Leader

Equality Leader

Valley Health System has earned designation as an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Valley is one of only 418 hospitals nationwide to earn this prestigious recognition, which was reported in the 11th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).

The HEI is a national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and procedures related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, guests and employees. As an LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader, Valley has earned the top score in each of the four areas that are evaluated: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, LGBTQ Patient Services and Support, Employee Benefits and Policies, and LGBTQ Patient and Community Engagement.

Flag Raising!

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Valley staff, led by Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System, celebrated Valley's commitment to the LGBTQ community during a flag-raising ceremony in June 2017. This gesture celebrates acceptance and equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation. The flag shown below now flies at the entrance to The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

Assistance in Locating a Doctor

Valley Health System supports an environment that is welcoming, affirming and inclusive of the LGBTQ community. Below is a listing of specialists from our medical staff to assist you in locating a physician. For more information on any of these doctors, please call 1-800-825-5391 (1-800-Valley 1) or click here to locate them in our online directory.

Specialty Physician Name(s) Practice Address
Allergy & Immunology Jay Kashkin, MD Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
23-00 Route 208 South, Suite 2-1
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-794-7400
Breast Surgery Laura Klein, MD VMG – Breast Surgery
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5557
  Moira Christoudias, MD VMG – Breast Surgery
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5557
Cardiology Kariann Abbate, MD VMG - Cardiac Specialty
Heart Failure Cardiologist
223 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-8018
  David Montgomery, MD Cardiac Associates of North Jersey
43 Yawpo Avenue
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-337-0066
  Kedar Sankholkar, MD VMG - Electrophysiology & Cardiology
200 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
212-432-7837
  Mark Teicher, MD VMG - Cardiology
1030 Clifton Avenue
Clifton, NJ 07013
973-778-3777
Critical Care Julie John, MD VMG – Respiratory Health &
Pulmonary Medicine
223 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-8618
Ear, Nose & Throat Orrin Davis, MD North Jersey Ear, Nose & Throat
44 Godwin Avenue, Suite 300
Midland Park, NJ 07432
201-445-2900

Family Practice

 

Mary Bello, MD

 

400 Franklin Turnpike, Suite 106

Mahwah, NJ 07430

201-327-3333

 

Fertility & Reproductive Endocrinology

 

Dehan Chen, MD

 

VMG - Fertility Center, Paramus
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5400

 

 

Keri Greenseid, MD

 

VMG - Fertility Center, Paramus
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5400

 

 

Ali Nasseri, MD, PhD

 

VMG - Fertility Center, Paramus
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5400

 

General Surgery Thomas Ahlborn, MD VMG - General Surgery - Glen Rock
385 South Maple Avenue, Suite 202
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
201-444-5757
  Joseph Licata, MD ASP Surgical, LLC
245 E. Main Street, Suite 2
Ramsey, NJ 07446
201-327-0220
Gynecologic Oncology Marie Welshinger, MD VMG – Gynecologic Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Suite B-201
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5401
Gynecology James Dolgin, MD
Jeffrey Reinkraut, MD
Ann Mitzner, MD
Michelle Beloff, MD
VMG- OB/GYN
5-22 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-796-2025
  Kathlyn Kim, MD 24 Wyckoff Avenue, Suite 1
Waldwick, NJ 07463
201-493-8600
  Shelia Newman, MD 1578 Route 23 North, Suite 201
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-709-0020
Hematology/Oncology Ephraim Casper, MD Comprehensive Cancer Care
VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5578
  Barry Fernbach, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5353
  Elie Kirshner, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
400 Old Hook Road, Suites 1-6
Westwood, NJ 07675
201-664-3900
  Jin Lee, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite C-212
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5578
  Thomas Rakowski, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite C-212
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5578
  Jason Suh, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite C-211
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5353  
  Eleonora Teplinsky, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite C-212
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5578
  Kevin Wood, MD VMG – Hematology/Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite C-212
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5578
Integrative Medicine Jodie Katz, MD VMG – Integrative Medicine
1200 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Suite 308 – East Wing
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-389-0075
Internal Medicine Ray Basri, MD Internal Medicine, Occupational Medicine,
Gastroenterology and Cardiology
236 Crystal Run Road, Suite 2
Middletown, NY 10941
845-692-3100
127 Hawkins Drive
Montgomery, NY 12549
845-457-4035
  Glen Berger, MD 110 Warren Avenue, Suite 5
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
201-444-9405
  Assia Bromberg, MD VMG - Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine, Fair Lawn
19-20 Fair Lawn Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-794-1963
  Jessica Franklin, MD VMG - Hospitalist Program
223 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-8618
Internal Medicine/ Liver Diseases Joseph Odin, MD, PhD Center for Liver Diseases
1425 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor Rm 4-89
New York, NY 10029
201-251-3485
Obstetrics & Gynecology Yasmina M.T. Ephrem, MD
Cameron Darvish, MD
DARMED OB/GYN Group
401 Hamburg Turnpike, Suite 309
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-942-1200
  Robert S. Graebe, MD VMG – OB/GYN Oakland
43 Yawpo Avenue, Suite 4
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-337-7201
  Meg Hainer, MD Bergen-Passaic Women's Health Center
258 Godwin Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
201-891-3336
  Eugenia Kuo, MD
Savita Khosla, MD
Elizabeth Klimowicz, MD
Melissa Buddha, APN
VMG - Gynecology Ridgewood
1124 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 105
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-489-2125
  Richard Levine, MD
Elina Zeldina, MD
Amy Gerhardt, MD
Maryann Carillo, MD
VMG- OB/GYN Ridgewood
1124 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 105
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-489-2125
  John Marcus, MD 89 North Maple Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-447-0077
  Carmella Seymour, MD
Christine Gutierrez, MD
VMG - OB/GYN Fair Lawn
5-22 Saddle River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-796-2025
Ophthalmology David Benderson, MD VMG - Ophthalmology
1200 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 213
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-612-0044
  Diane Hilal-Campo, MD 43 Yawpo Avenue, Suite 1
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-337-9300
Orthopedics Joseph Bellapianta, MD, FAAOS Bellapianta Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
36 Newark Avenue, Suite 220
Belleville, NJ 07109
140 Route 17 North, Suite 225
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-490-4333
  David P. Rudman, MD Specialty Orthopedics of New Jersey, P.A.
Specializing in Shoulders, Knees & Sports Medicine
1124 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 201
Ridgewood, NJ 07652
201-447-1188
Pediatrics Irene Shevelev, MD, FAAP
Claude Ligenza, MD, FAAP
Christopher Nicpon, MD, FAAP
Amy Leifer, MD, FAAP
Julia Lee, MD, FAAP
Stefani Birnhak, DO, FAAP
Valley Pediatric Associates, PA
201 E. Franklin Turnpike
Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423
201-652-1888

470 N. Franklin Turnpike
Ramsey, NJ 07446
201-891-7272
www.valleypeds.com
  Susan Kushner, MD
Melissa Garofalo Manaco, MD
Forest Pediatrics
299 Forest Avenue, 3rd Flr
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-267-0888
  Evan Weissman, MD Tenafly Pediatrics
350 Ramapo Valley Road
Oakland, NJ 07436
201-651-0404
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Aaron Capuano, MD Northern Center for Plastic Surgery
680 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649
201-820-5280
www.njplasticsurgerycenter.com
  Jay Meisner, MD, FACS Oradell Plastic Surgery
680 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649
201-820-5280
 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Hand and Microsurgery Edward Hahn, Jr., MD 1124 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 201
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-289-5551
113 West Essex Street, Suite 204
Maywood, NJ 07607
201-289-5551
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Craniofacial Surgery Frank Ciminello, MD 1124 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 201
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-289-5551
113 West Essex Street, Suite 204
Maywood, NJ 07607
201-289-5551
Radiation Oncology Chad DeYoung, MD VMG – Radiation Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5403
  Thomas Kole, MD, PhD VMG – Radiation Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5403
  Michael Wesson, MD VMG – Radiation Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5403
Rheumatology Evan Leibowitz, MD VMG – Prospect medical
1200 E. Ridgewood Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-444-4526
Sleep & Pulmonary Medicine David Rosen, MD VMG - Respiratory Health & Pulmonary Medicine
1200 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Suite 303 West
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
201-689-7755
Surgical Oncology Melanie Ongchin, MD VMG – Surgical Oncology
One Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5547
Thoracic Surgery Robert Korst, MD VMG – Thoracic Surgery
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite B-201
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5722
  Mark Shapiro, MD VMG – Thoracic Surgery
One Valley Health Plaza, Suite B-201
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-634-5722

LGBTQ NJ Resources

LGBTQ NJ Resource Guide 

http://www.nj.gov/dcf/adolescent/lgbtqi/Northern%20Region%20Pride%20Guide.pdf

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