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The Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey (IOMPHNJ)

The Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey (IOMPHNJ) is a private, not-for-profit corporation working to improve the health status of New Jersey residents through innovative public health practice and high quality medical care.

IOMPHNJ seeks to achieve these goals by developing solutions to the public health and healthcare challenges facing New Jersey through continuing medical education, partnerships, policy development, research, and law. IOMPHNJ works collaboratively with partners in public health and medicine in all areas of government, academia, and the private sector. IOMPHNJ is partnership driven and result oriented.

IOMPHNJ was formed by the Medical Society of New Jersey in 2003 to merge general grant-funded initiatives in public health—including its flagship project, New Jersey Breathes (NJB).

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Vice President: Mr. Bill Bartzak
Treasurer: David Swee, MD
Secretary: Steven A. Holt, Esq.


Joseph Fennelly, MD
Sharol Lewis, MD, MPH, MBA
Alan J. Lippman, MD
Paul J. Miniter
Nicholas M. Ponzio, Ph.D.
Joseph H. Reichman, MD
Ruth J. Schulze, MD
Mr. Samuel E.”Skip” Vichness


Emmanuel Frederick Ashong, MD
A. Ralph Kristeller, MD, MS, FACP
Robert Like, MD, MS
Dennis J. Alessi, Esq.
Peter M. Costello
John Juchniewicz, MCIS, CCMEP


Executive Director: Lawrence Downs, Esq.
609-896-1766, x207
Staff Contact: Marlene M. Kalayilparampil, MHA
609-896-1766, x258

Projects and Initiatives

  • Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program (CTCP) Physicians Outreach
  • Alpha Project – Physicians Committed to Excellence
  • Physician’s Disaster Preparedness
  • Tri-county Cancer Coalition Men’s Health Conference
  • Childhood Cancer Work Group Conference
  • Smokefree Air Act Implementation funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Continuing Medical Education Lectures
  • CME Accreditation
  • NJ Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy

CEHCD Information

  • CEHCD - 5 Year Report
  • CEHCD e-Newsletter
  • Effect of New Healthcare Legislation to Address Issues of Health Disparities - Brief