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Support for Cooper Red Hot Gala Intensifies as Event Nears

Thanks to physicians and staff at Cooper University Hospital for their tremendous support of the Simulation Laboratory through contributions to the Cooper Red Hot Gala. Learn more about some of these contributors below!

Dr. Amanda Burden knows how to get things done. As Director of the Simulation Laboratory at Cooper, she has led the Sim Lab transformation effort, beginning with the move from a small cubicle to a larger space on Kelemen 9, with a vision for a $10 million expansion that is being funded in part by the Cooper Red Hot Gala, co-chaired by Dr. Burden and her husband Guy Aiman.

Dr. Burden is an attending physician in the Department of Anesthesiology and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology for UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She also serves as Director of Simulation for the new Cooper Medical School of Rowan University and is a member of the Alumni Board of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

After earning her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Burden completed an internship in internal medicine at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. She then completed her residency training in anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania followed by a fellowship in simulation education at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Burden is a nationally-recognized expert in simulation education.

Dr. Burden belongs to several professional societies, including the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the New Jersey State Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Board of Anesthesiologists Simulation Research Consortium, and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. She also serves as an Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiologists.

Dr. Frank Spitz’s well-deserved reputation as one of the region’s leading surgical oncologists more than qualifies him to serve in the key roles of Vice Chief, Department of Surgery; Head, Division of General Surgery; and Deputy Director of the Cooper Cancer Institute.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency training in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Spitz completed his fellowship training at one of the world’s leading cancer centers, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas.

Most recently, Dr. Spitz treated patients at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was Associate Professor within the Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. The primary investigator on several National Institutes of Health and American Cancer Society grants, Dr. Spitz is widely published in respected peer reviewed journals. He is a member with leadership roles in the Society of Surgical Oncology and Society of University Surgeons. Dr. Spitz has published original research on surgical quality outcomes for patients undergoing complex surgical procedures like esophagogastrectomy, mini-Whipple, and liver resections.

Dr. Spitz serves as an ad-hoc reviewer and/or on the editorial board of several national oncological and surgical publications. He has been recognized by his peers in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Surgeons.” His special areas of interest and expertise include gastrointestinal cancers and primary and metastatic melanoma.

Dr. Michael Goodman’s exceptional leadership, clinical and academic experience are invaluable in his role as Chief of the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper and as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

He re-joined Cooper in January 2010 following 15 years of expanding clinical and healthcare management roles in the tri-state area. Most recently, Dr. Goodman was Director of the Center for Children’s Neurology in Voorhees. He also spent 11 years at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, where he was Chief, Division of Neurology and Medical Director of New Jersey Clinical Operations. Prior to his time at duPont, he was a faculty member of Cooper’s Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UMDNJ.

Dr. Goodman’s educational credentials are impressive. After earning his medical degree, he completed a pediatric residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, New Jersey followed by a pediatric neurology residency at State University of New York-Brooklyn Health Sciences Center. Dr. Goodman also completed fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In addition, he has a Master’s degree in Medical Management from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Dr. Goodman has a strong commitment to community and academic education. He is active in many professional societies. Dr. Goodman also serves as the Medical Director for the “Cooper in Schools” program and serves on the editorial board for South Jersey Medical Report.

As a leading sports physician in the Delaware Valley, Dr. Larry Miller came to Cooper in 2002 to build the full-service, fully integrated Cooper Bone and Joint Institute. In addition to serving as Director of the Cooper Bone & Joint Institute, he also serves as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery and Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Miller received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Following an internship at the Bryn Mawr Hospital in Bryn Mawr, Pa., he returned to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, completing his orthopaedic residency training. He then attended the world-renowned Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, in Los Angeles, for his sports medicine fellowship training.

As a faculty member of the Thomas Jefferson University residency program, Dr. Miller, who served as a clinical assistant professor there, was instrumental in the training of orthopaedic residents and sports medicine fellows. He pioneered the development of the sports medicine fellowship programs at Lankenau Hospital in Lankenau, Pa., Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and the 3B Sports Medicine Fellowship, which rotates fellows to Cooper on a weekly basis.

Dr. Miller is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and is a member of many medical societies, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Sports Physicians, and the Arthroscopy Society of North America. In 2009, he was inducted into the American Orthopaedic Association. He has received numerous awards of recognition, including “Top Doc” designations by several local and regional publications. He also has served as Team Physician for the Philadelphia Wings indoor lacrosse team since its inception 25 years ago.

With special interests in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery and fertility-sparing oncologic procedures, Dr. David Warshal is on the cutting edge of gynecological oncology. He is Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Center at Cooper, and has served as Head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology since 2002. He is also Vice-Chief of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Following medical school at Penn State’s College of Medicine, he completed his residency at the University of Rochester in New York, and fellowships in pelvic surgery and gynecologic oncology at Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Rochester, respectively.

Dr. Warshal is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has received several awards for excellence in teaching, including the Humanism in Medicine Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. He also has been named among the region’s “Top Docs” by publications including Philadelphia, South Jersey, and SJ magazines and the Newark Star-Ledger.

In addition to his clinical and academic appointments, Dr. Warshal serves as Cooper’s Principal Investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group, a clinical and basic science research cooperative funded by the National Cancer Institute, and is a member of the Groups’s Ovarian Cancer Committee. He also chairs Cooper’s Institutional Review Board and is a member of multiple other institutional committees.

Dr. Warshal is an active member of regional and national professional societies, including the Philadelphia Obstetrical Society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society of Gynecological Oncologists. He was active in the development of New Jersey’s Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan, issued in 2002, and has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters.

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