Newswise — With millions of patients suffering from diabetes, thyroid disease, osteoporosis and other hormonal conditions, Hackensack Meridian Health Jersey Shore University Medical Center has recruited five new endocrinologists to serve a critical medical need in the community. Krishna Chalasani, M.D., Jennifer Cheng, D.O., Niyati Chiniwala, M.D., Soemiwati Holland, M.D. and Raquel Kristin Ong, M.D. comprise the new team that will provide endocrine diagnosis and treatment in Monmouth County.

The doctors bring expertise in a wide range of hormone-related diseases and conditions. They care for the thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, parathyroid and thymus glands, as well as the pancreas. Common health issues they address include diabetes, weight management, lipid management, osteoporosis, menopause, metabolic disorders, some cancers, infertility, and excessive or insufficient production of hormones.

“Studies have shown that there is a shortage of endocrinologists throughout the country that will last into 2025,” says Arif Asif, M.D., chair of the Department of Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “We recognized the need for this important specialty and are so pleased to have an outstanding team join our medical center and increase access for such an important population of patients.” 

Endocrine disorders include situations where a gland does not produce enough of its hormones, a gland produces too much of its hormones, or when tumors (cancerous or non-cancerous) develop in the endocrine glands. Hormone imbalances are the underlying reason for a wide range of medical conditions, including those that have to do with metabolism, respiration, growth, reproduction, sensory perception and movement. An endocrinologist aims to restore hormone balance within the body’s systems.

 Doctors Chalasini, Cheng, Chiniwala and Ong are now accepting new patients, and Dr. Holland will be joining the team at the end of February. They currently see patients at their office in Neptune. They can be reached by calling Hackensack Meridian Medical Group at (732) 897-3980

ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children’s hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

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