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Eleven HackensackUMC Dentists Included in New Jersey Monthly’s Annual ‘Top Dentists 2012’

August 9, 2012 10:25 AM


Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that 11 of its affiliated dentists were listed in the latest edition of New Jersey Monthly’s “Top Dentists 2012” in six different specialties. The magazine’s list includes a new high of 364 dentists in nine specialties throughout New Jersey.

                “It is my honor to congratulate each of our 11 HackensackUMC dentists who have been listed in the most recent ‘Top Dentists 2012’,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “We regard ourselves in the highest-quality of patient care and research, and there is no exception when it comes to dentistry.  This is a true testament to our medical center’s commitment to recruiting and retaining the best possible dental providers.” 

                New Jersey Monthly’s“Top Dentists 2012” is a non-ranking list of the top dentists in the state. It is a peer-nominated list, but the magazine’s Professional Advisory Board can also choose dentists.  The list details information on more than 364 dentists in nine specialties. A one-page questionnaire was mailed to all 6,426 New Jersey-based dentists who have been licensed in the state for at least five years (but less than 50 years).  After checking for duplication, a total of 1,452 ballots were accepted.  Once all eligible ballots were tallied, dentists with sufficient votes were placed on a preliminary list.  The preliminary list was submitted for professional review by an advisory board of 15 dentists.  The dentists on the advisory board were chosen from among the top-voted in last year’s survey.

The following HackensackUMC dentists are listed in the annual selection of “Top Dentists 2012” inNew Jersey MonthlyEndodontics: Thomas B. Allen, D.D.S.; Herbert D. Benkel, D.D.S.; Edward B. Drozd, D.D.S.; General Dentistry: Kavita Patel, D.D.S.; Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery:  Jason Auerbach, D.D.S.; Michael Costello, D.D.S.; Jason Diamond, D.D.S.; Steven M. Moss, D.D.S.; Vincent Novelli, D.D.S.; Pediatric Dentistry: Sari C. Zimmer, D.D.S.; Periodontics: Ashkay Kumar, D.D.S.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top four New York metro area hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report, and has received nine national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Urology;and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Children’s Hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery in the 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals list. The medical center has also been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission, and is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review. It was first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals, visit:   



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