Saint Peter’s University Hospital Welcomes Distinguished Physician to Its Women’s and Maternal Health Leadership Team

July 9, 2024

Saint Peter’s University Hospital Welcomes Distinguished Physician  to Its Women’s and Maternal Health Leadership Team
New Brunswick, N.J. – July 9, 2024 – Saint Peter’s University Hospital is proud to announce the appointment of Michael Vardy, MD, as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). Dr. Vardy is a well-known and widely respected educator, author and researcher who comes to Saint Peter’s from Englewood Hospital where he served as director of Urogynecology for 21 years and for the past six as chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 2005, Dr. Vardy founded the fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine in New York City where he served as division and fellowship director and was promoted to associate professor.

Dr. Vardy graduated from the Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv and completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY. After three years as a practicing general obstetrician/gynecologist at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, he returned to Montefiore to complete a fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery/Urogynecology. He was awarded the June Alyson Award for his research on the effect of estrogen on the biomechanical properties of pelvic ligaments. At Saint Peter’s, he will also serve as the director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery. Urogynecology is a subspecialty focused on diagnosing and treating pelvic floor disorders in women, such as urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain. Pelvic reconstructive surgery is a major component, involving procedures to correct anatomical defects and restore normal pelvic anatomy and function.

“I am honored to join Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a renowned leader in maternal care, and look forward to contributing to the organization’s legacy of excellence. My goal is to enhance the continuum of women’s health care by providing top-tier maternal care as well as specialized urogynecologic and pelvic reconstructive services. Together, our team will continue to ensure that every woman receives the highest standard of care throughout all stages of her life,” said Dr. Vardy.

“As a destination in the region for maternal and women’s health services, we are excited to welcome an accomplished and highly skilled physician to lead the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and to offer his expert care in the area of urogynecology,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president and CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “One of the distinguishing factors about Saint Peter’s is that we are one of the busiest maternity centers in the region delivering over 5,600 babies annually – from low-risk pregnancies to the most complex high-risk pregnancies – with the highest level of skill and compassion. From our state-of-the art, midwifery-led Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center located on the Saint Peter’s campus to our award-winning Level IV neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), our focus is on ensuring that expectant mothers can be confident in the excellent care they and their babies will receive.”

In addition to the Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center, Saint Peter’s is home to the state’s first designated Regional Perinatal Center, renowned for the exceptional level of high-risk maternity and neonatal care for infants born prematurely or with serious medical issues.

Saint Peter’s also offers minimally invasive gynecologic surgery as an effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids and polyps, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding. Women’s health services, from routine gynecologic to obstetrical care is also offered at the Women’s Health Center at Saint Peter’s Family Health Center, located at How Lane in New Brunswick. Saint Peter’s is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and sponsors a residency program in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s, which received its sixth consecutive designation as a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in 2020, is also state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology, head and neck surgery, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. Saint Peter’s is the recipient of the Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses for the adult intensive care unit, neonatal intensive care unit, cardiac progressive care unit and the pediatric intensive care unit. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a nationally recognized Level IV Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction. The hospital has the state’s only hospital-based, midwifery-led birth center – the Mary V. O’Shea Birth Center, accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732.745.8600.


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