PATERSON, NJ [September 29, 2016] - St. Joseph’s Healthcare System will present Frank R. Yuppa, MD, RVT, RPVI, with the prestigious 2016 Kendrick P. Lance, MD Distinguished Physician Award at the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation 40th Annual Charity Ball. The black-tie gala will be held on Saturday, October 22nd at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.
Dr. Frank Yuppa grew up in West Paterson and Paterson. He graduated from Montclair State University Summa Cum Laude and completed his medical training at Rutgers Medical School with high honors. He was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency at Columbia Presbyterian and a Fellowship in Oncological Imaging and Interventional Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Yuppa joined St. Joseph’s staff in 1986, directly following his fellowship training.
Dr. Yuppa assumed the Chairmanship for the Department of Radiology in July of 1994 with a vision to create a large, subspecialized imaging group. At that time, there were seven radiologists performing 110,000 studies annually. His group, Imaging Subspecialists of North Jersey (ISNJ), now consists of twenty-two radiologists and has performed 400,000 studies throughout their multi-site practice. Dr. Yuppa has personally recruited subspecialists in body imaging, musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, pediatric radiology, vascular and interventional radiology, and women’s imaging. Under his leadership, ISNJ has implemented over one hundred innovative imaging and interventional protocols.
Dr. Yuppa was the first to perform the following procedures at St. Joseph’s in the Department of Radiology: inferior venacava filter, dialysis graft intervention, carotid stent with colleague Dr. David Cohen (performed in the Cath Lab), uterine artery embolization, stroke intervention, antegrade expandable biliary stent and the first limb salvage procedure with fibrinolytic therapy.
He was one of the first radiologists in New Jersey to become board certified in Cardiac CT, and holds the most board certifications of any radiologist in the State of New Jersey, including: Diagnostic Radiology, Neuroradiology, Vascular Technology, Vascular Interpretation; and Cardiac CTA. In addition, Dr. Yuppa is MQSA certified in mammography, as well as a Level 3 cardiac reader. He previously held additional certifications in Neuro, Body, and Ortho MRI from the Clinical Magnetic Resonance Society.
Dr. Yuppa developed the first Cardiac Calcium Scoring Program for first responders and firefighters in New Jersey, one of the first programs of its kind in the country, allowing the early diagnosis of cardiac disease which is the leading cause of death in firefighters. He also participated in the first successful separation of conjoined twins in the New Jersey with colleague Dr. Robin Frank-Gerzberg in partnership with Save the Children, mapping the organ systems of the twins.
Dr. Yuppa has appeared on numerous television shows and has given many lectures and interviews over the past 25 years, and has also served on numerous committees and medical boards. He served as a member of the St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees from 1997-2004. In 2009, he was profiled and appeared on the cover of MD News. He has been profiled nine times in the “Top Doc” issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine and featured in Guide to America Top Radiologists.
Dr. Yuppa is married to Donna and has two children: Dr. David Yuppa of Boston, MA and Francesca Yuppa, JD, of Hoboken, New Jersey.
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