The University Doctors

Cares InstituteCARES Institute— For nearly two decades, the CARES Institute has provided help and compassion–and ultimately, hope–for children who have experienced abuse. The CARES Institute is acknowledged as a model of excellence in healing children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect and violence.

NJISANJISA (New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging)— Since 1989, the Center for Aging, a recognized "center of excellence" based at Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan-SOM), has served older individuals and their families, providing medical care in varied settings and offering training for health professionals of multiple disciplines.

The Cell & Gene Therapy Center ("CGTC") —The focus of this Center of Excellence within the Department of Cell Biology is the development of promising innovative approaches to treat neurological disorders such as Canavan Disease, Tay Sachs Disease, Sandhoff Disease and Alzheimers Disease. The Center's Director is Paola Leone, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cell Biology.

The NeuroMusculoskeletal InstituteThe Neuro-Musculoskeletal Institute—The center offers a variety of services that target diseases affecting the neuromuscular system. At our comprehensive pain center we evaluate and treat both acute and chronic pain. Our doctors have a special interest in low back pain, spinal injuries and neuropathic injuries. We have onsite physical therapy and athletic trainers through the Wellness Center. We work very closely with the Orthopedic and Osteoscience physicians to provide a comprehensive approach to pain management.

Center for Medical Weight Loss and Metabolic ControlCenter for Medical Weight Loss and Metabolic Control within the Department of Family Medicine— Over the years, the Department of Family Medicine has made great strides in the area of medical weight loss and metabolic control. The Department took an urgent health care need that is integrally reflected in both the Healthy 2010 and Healthy 2020 reports, and created innovative clinical and academic programs to respond to the growing problem of obesity. While the initial focus was to develop clinical approaches to overweight and obesity, the program scope has since expanded to address co-morbid medical conditions, including metabolic control. The approach is comprehensive, recognizing the significant role played by lifestyle factors. Also incorporated has been a focus on outcomes assessment, positioning the Department to conduct research, and education of students, residents and faculty to prepare them to address weight control in their own practices. The Center Director, Adarsh K. Gupta, DO, MS, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, is certified in medical bariatrics and has the training and skills needed for the successful implementation of this important center.

Center for Mood DisordersCenter for Mood Disorders and Neuromodulation Therapies within the Department of Psychiatry — This center enhances the quality of care for our patients by incorporating major scientific advances in therapeutics made over the last decade. These include targeted precise stimulation of mood circuitry in the brain ("neuromodulation therapies") such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Under the leadership of the Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, John P. O'Reardon, MD, the Department is developing a mood disorders research program which, in collaboration with other academic centers of excellence, will help pioneer greatly needed new treatments and increase our knowledge of the causes of major depression and bipolar disorder. The Center also seeks to contribute to the education of the next generation of mood disorder experts through mentorship of junior faculty, a fellowship program, and other educational programs.

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