Newswise — HACKENSACK, N.J. – Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to welcome Michael Joseph Lim, M.D., FACC, FSCAI, as chief of the hospital’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab. 

Michael Lim, M.D.

As a seasoned cardiac expert with 20 years of experience, Dr. Lim has earned national recognition for his expertise in treating complex coronary patients, his excellent technical skills, his extensive research, publications and presentations at conferences nationally and internationally.

Dr. Lim most recently served as the Jack Ford Shelby Endowed Professor in Cardiology and Professor of Internal Medicine and an attending physician at SSM St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri.  Heearned his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and completed his residency in internal medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Lim completed a cardiology fellowship, followed by an interventional cardiology fellowship, at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

“On behalf of the entire team at Hackensack University Medical Center, I warmly welcome Dr. Michael Lim and share in everyone’s excitement of having him as a leader in our Heart and Vascular Hospital,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president of Population Health, Hackensack Meridian Health. “Dr. Lim’s experience and fellowship training will allow him to serve in a leadership role and perform advanced interventional cardiology procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab that will be invaluable to, not only our fellow practitioners, but our patients as well.”

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Lim, who will complement and expand our capability to treat the most complex, challenging coronary artery disease patients with cutting-edge techniques and technology,” said Joseph E. Parrillo, MD, chair of the Heart and Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. 

Dr. Lim has served as a principal investigator on numerous clinical trials for conditions including mitral valve disease, cardiogenic shock and coronary artery disease. Since 1990, he has contributed more than 100 publications to medical literature, including more than 30 book chapters.  He has also served as an invited faculty member at numerous national conferences.

“We are proud to have Dr. Lim as a member of our leadership team and look forward to his contributions to patient care and cardiovascular clinical research,” said Lisa Tank, MD, chief medical officer, Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center. 

A member of several professional societies, including the American Heart Association, Dr. Lim has been recognized as a “Best Doctor in America” annually since 2014, and has earned the annual “Best Doctors Distinction” for the St. Louis region since 2005. 

“I am pleased to join the nationally recognized cardiovascular care team at Hackensack University Medical Center and provide the highest-quality cardiac care to members of the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Lim.


Hackensack University Medical Center, a 771-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey.  Founded in 1888, it was the county’s first hospital. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet®-recognized hospital for nursing excellence, receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The academic flagship of the Hackensack Meridian Health network, Hackensack University Medical Center ranked #1 in New Jersey and #7 in the New York metro area by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-2022 “Best Hospitals” Honor Roll. Hackensack University Medical Center is also rated as High Performing in 14 procedures and conditions, and sets the standard for all New Jersey hospitals in several specialties including New Jersey's only nationally-ranked Neurology & Neurosurgery and Urology programs; ranked nationally in Cardiology & Heart Surgery; New Jersey’s Best Urology and Neurology & Neurosurgery programs since 2013; with Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics and Orthopedics ranked among the top in New Jersey.  This award-winning care is provided on a campus that is home to facilities such as John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and recognized as the #1 hospital for cancer care in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 "Best Hospitals" Honor Roll; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, recognized as being in the top 1% of children’s hospitals in the nation and #1 children’s hospital in New Jersey by U.S. News & World Report’s 2021-22 "Best Hospitals" Honor Roll; as well as the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center. Hackensack University Medical Center is listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Our comprehensive clinical research portfolio includes studies focused on precision medicine, translational medicine, immunotherapy, cell therapy, and vaccine development. The hospital has embarked on the largest healthcare expansion project ever approved by the state: Construction of the Helena Theurer Pavilion, a 530,000-sq.-ft., nine-story building, which began in 2019. A $714.2 million endeavor, the pavilion is one the largest healthcare capital projects in New Jersey and will house 24 state-of-the-art operating rooms with intraoperative MRI capability, 50 ICU beds, and 150 private patient rooms, including a dedicated 50-bed Orthopedic Institute.