Newswise — EDISON, N.J. – Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital are proud to welcome Heather Appelbaum, M.D., FACOG, as the new Director of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.

“With the addition of Dr. Appelbaum to our renowned team of experts, families and young girls and young women in the community have access to critical gynecological and reproductive health services tailored to the care of children and adolescents during every stage of their development,” said Judy Aschner, M.D., Physician-in-Chief for Pediatrics at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health. “We welcome her leadership and expertise to our team of pediatric specialists that continue to deliver extraordinary health care to the region’s children.” 

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Applebaum to a team that practices innovative, pediatric medicine and compassionate, expert care that changes lives,” said Harpreet Pall, M.D., MBA, CPE, chairman, Department of Pediatrics, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. 

With more than 20 years of experience, Dr. Appelbaum specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgery for children and adolescents, as well as pediatric pelvic reconstructive 

surgery. Her clinical and research interests include congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract, vaginal agenesis, disorders of sex development, ovarian cysts/ovarian torsion, genital trauma, 

endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), abnormal female pubertal development, and menstrual disorders. 

“I am proud to be a part of the Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health team,” said Dr. Appelbaum. “My goal is to provide compassionate and comprehensive gynecologic care for girls in a positive, comfortable environment.”

Dr. Applebaum is among the physicians and providers who will comprise the multidisciplinary team of the polycystic ovary syndrome comprehensive care program. The program is expected to launch later this year. ‌

About‌ ‌Dr.‌ ‌Appelbaum‌ ‌

Dr.‌ ‌Appelbaum‌ ‌has‌ ‌contributed‌ ‌numerous‌ ‌publications‌ ‌on‌ ‌pediatric‌ ‌and‌ ‌adolescent‌ ‌gynecology‌ ‌in‌ ‌medical‌ ‌literature‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌lectured‌ ‌locally‌ ‌and‌ ‌nationally.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌served‌ ‌on‌ ‌several‌ ‌national‌ ‌and‌ ‌local‌ ‌medical‌ ‌advisory‌ ‌boards‌ ‌and‌ ‌has‌ ‌developed‌ ‌and‌ ‌participated‌ ‌in‌ ‌multidisciplinary‌ ‌programs‌ ‌for‌ ‌patients‌ ‌with‌ ‌disorders‌ ‌of‌ ‌sex‌ ‌development.‌ ‌ ‌

Dr.‌ ‌Appelbaum‌ ‌earned‌ ‌her‌ ‌undergraduate‌ ‌degree‌ ‌in‌ ‌biology‌ ‌and‌ ‌psychology,‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌her‌ ‌medical‌ ‌degree,‌ ‌from‌ ‌Emory‌ ‌University‌ ‌School‌ ‌of‌ ‌Medicine‌ ‌in‌ ‌Atlanta,‌ ‌Georgia,‌ ‌where‌ ‌she‌ ‌also‌ ‌completed‌ ‌her‌ ‌internship.‌ ‌She‌ ‌completed‌ ‌her‌ ‌residency‌ ‌training‌ ‌in‌ ‌obstetrics,‌ ‌gynecology‌ ‌and‌ ‌reproductive‌ ‌medicine‌ ‌at‌ ‌Mount‌ ‌Sinai‌ ‌Hospital‌ ‌in‌ ‌New‌ ‌York City,‌ ‌New‌ ‌York.‌ 

About Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health

Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health provides the most comprehensive and highest level of quality care to young patients in the state of New Jersey. The children’s network is comprised of two children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in 

Neptune – and a large network of pediatric subspecialists and pediatricians. Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health hospitals are the only two in New Jersey to be ranked among the top 50 in the nation for pediatric cancer care by U.S. News and World Report. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital also ranks among the top 50 in the nation for pediatric neurology and neurosurgery. Visit for more information about Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health.