When Marianny Hilario was pregnant, her doctor told her there was a problem with her unborn son. “When I was pregnant with Kyle, the doctor recognized that his kidneys weren’t forming as they should,” recalls Marianny. “They told me he may be born with Down syndrome. I knew my baby was strong, because I could feel him moving so much inside of me. I knew I had to give him a chance and I know that God wouldn’t give me anything I couldn’t handle.”

Kyle was born at 37 weeks and needed to be in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) for three months after he was born. When Kyle was a year old, he was referred to Kenneth Lieberman, M.D., chief of Pediatric Nephrology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. While Kyle did not have Down syndrome, he did have a chronic kidney condition.

CAR-T Cell Therapy at the Children’s Cancer Institute

Hackensack University Medical Center is participating in a groundbreaking pediatric oncology immunotherapy program, provided in collaboration with Novartis Pharmaceuticals, as a member of a network of certified treatment centers. This program targets a common childhood leukemia.

35th Annual Pediatrics Conference in Hilton Head

The Annual Review of Developmental Behavioral Disorders and a Spectrum of Pediatric Challenges conference took place from May 21-23, 3017 at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. It was the 35th annual national conference providing an intensive learning experience for pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists, and other pediatric health care providers. The event was founded by Marvin I. Gottlieb, M.D., PhD and featured presentations from several thought leaders that focused on the interdisciplinary approach to diagnosis and management of developmental and behavioral problems and the impact that developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders have on the child, family, educational system, health care provider and community.

Cooperative Care

Jenna Cappello was a perfectly healthy teenager until 2013. That’s when she started to have some troubling symptoms. Sinus issues, joint pain, skin sores and difficulty breathing sent her to the Pediatric Rheumatology Division at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she was diagnosed with granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA), formerly known as Wegener’s granulomatosis. The uncommon disorder, rare in children, causes dangerous inflammation of the blood vessels, which commonly affects the skin, sinuses, joints, lungs and kidneys. “GPA can affect almost any organ in the body and requires intensive therapy,” says pediatric rheumatologist Jennifer Weiss, M.D., who diagnosed Jenna and coordinates her care. “Medications often need to be given intravenously, causing patients to miss work or school.”

Leadership Team

Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., FACs


Dianne Aroh, MS, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC

Executive Vice President, Chief Clinical and Patient Care Officer

Mark D. Sparta, FACHE

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President, Population Health Clinical Operations

Elizabeth Koller

Chief of Staff

Jeffrey R. Boscamp, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Chief Academic Officer

Carol L. Barsky, M.D., MBA

Senior Vice President, Chief Quality Officer

James De Rosa

President of Finance, Acute Care Services

William Faverzani

Vice President, Senior Operations Officer, Children’s Enterprise

Donald Ferrell

Vice President of Facilities, Capital Construction & Campus Development

Terri Freguletti, RN

Vice President, Perioperative Services

Jason Kreitner, FACHE

Vice President, Senior Operations Officer

Laura Kudlacik

Vice President, John Theurer Cancer Center

Daniel McManus

Director, Corporate Compliance

Morey Menacker, D.O.

Vice President, Specialty Care and Care Transitions, Physician Services Division

Kunle Modupe, MS

Vice President, Hospitality Services

Loretta Orlando, Esq. RN

Associate General Counsel

Sharad Sahu, M.D.

Vice President, Regional Clinical Integration

Lisa Tank, M.D., FACP

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer

Clare Ward

Vice President, Development Principal Giving

Medical/Dental Staff Leadership

Thomas Salazer, M.D.
Sarah Timmapuri, M.D.


George Ferrone, M.D.

Vice President

Deborah Goss, M.D.


Sanjeev Kaul, M.D.


Sarita Rastogi, M.D.

Immediate Past President