John W. Poole, MD of Ridgewood was recently installed as the 226th president of the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) at the organization’s Annual Meeting on May 5. He has served as a member of MSNJ’s Board of Trustees since 2008, and will assume the presidency from Christopher E. Gribbin, MD.
“Dr. Poole is a leader and advocate for patients and physicians alike,” said Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “His knowledge and advocacy experience on the hospital, state and national level make him an invaluable asset to our organization. On behalf of MSNJ and our physician members throughout the state, we are proud to welcome Dr. Poole to his new role as our new president.”
In his inaugural speech as president, Dr. Poole outlined his goals for his upcoming term:
“My goal is to ensure MSNJ remains the most effective advocacy organization in the state,” he stated. “I love New Jersey. I was born and raised here. However, there are major issues – such as the absence of ‘real’ medical liability reform, monopolistic insurance companies and burdensome mandates – that negatively impact patient care. Both our patients and our profession as a whole need a strong, united voice to advocate on their behalf. I believe that voice is MSNJ.”
Dr. Poole is a board-certified general surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He practices at North Jersey Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, NJ, a member of Holy Name Medical Partners. As part of the Holy Name family, Dr. Poole is currently serving his second term as President of the Medical Staff at Holy Name Medical Center, after first being elected in 1997. He has previously served as Chief of General Surgery and Director of the Department of Surgery, as well as a member of Holy Name’s Board of Trustees and Medical Executive Committee.
In order to provide the very best possible care, Dr. Poole believes physicians have the responsibility to interact with their legislators and actively advocate on behalf of patients. As such, he has served as Chair of the MSNJ PAC (MedAC) since 2006 and on the Board of the AMA’s national PAC (AMPAC) from 2009-2016, elected Chair in 2013. Dr. Poole also serves as the Chair of the NJ Delegation to the AMA House of Delegates, as well as the Executive Committee of the Southeast Delegation in the AMA for NJ. Since joining MSNJ’s Board of Trustees in 2008, Dr. Poole has been an active member, serving as Treasurer for five years and on the Executive Committee of the Board for nine years.
Dr. Poole received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University. He received his medical degree from University of Virginia and completed his surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
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