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  • 2-1-2012

Dear Members of the NJMS Community:

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that, pending approval by the UMDNJ Board of Trustees, I have appointed Dr. Charles Prestigiacomo as Chair of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School.  Dr. Prestigiacomo emerged as a result of a nationwide search conducted after the resignation of Dr. Peter Carmel as the founding Chair of Neurological Surgery at NJMS to assume the Presidency of the American Medical Association.


Dr. Prestigiacomo received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He then went on to complete an Internship in General Surgery and a Residency in Neurological Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.  During his Residency, Dr. Prestigiacomo also completed a research fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, then went on to complete a Fellowship in Interventional Neuroradiology and a Fellowship in Endovascular Surgery at New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center.


Dr. Prestigiacomo was recruited to the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School by Dr. Carmel in 2002 and has since received joint faculty appointments in the Departments of Neurology and Radiology.  He has served as Director of the Residency Training Program for Neurological Surgery since 2009 and is also Director of the Endovascular Surgical Neuroradiology Program.  He has been and remains active on many Departmental, University Hospital and NJMS Committees.


Dr. Prestigiacomo has authored more than 45 articles, and has authored more than 150 abstracts, contributing significantly to the literature in his field.  Additionally, Dr. Prestigiacomo has been active in many state-wide and national neurosurgical societies, and is regularly invited to lecture throughout the world.  Additionally, Dr. Prestigiacomo is nationally and internationally known for his clinical expertise and investigations in the field of Neuroradiology and Neurological Surgery.


Dr. Prestigiacomo brings to this position an impressive background and reputation, strong leadership skills and dedication.  Please join us in congratulating Dr. Prestigiacomo on his appointment as Chair of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School.



Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP

The Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean

UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School


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