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S. Justin Szawlewicz, MD, Appointed Cardiology Chair

Deborah Heart and Lung Center President and CEO Joseph Chirichella has announced the appointment of S. Justin Szawlewicz, MD, as Chair, Cardiology.

Stephen Szawlewicz, MD
S. Justin Szawlewicz, MD

Dr. Szawlewicz has served as an Attending Cardiologist at Deborah since 2010 and as Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs since 2015.

Board-certified in cardiology, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology, Dr. Szawlewicz earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. After medical school, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He also completed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease at the UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine at Cooper University Hospital.

A Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Szawlewicz holds numerous leadership positions at Deborah, including Medical Director of Cardiac Rehab and Assistant Director of the Echocardiography Lab. Dr. Szawlewicz’s specialty medical interests include preventive cardiology,  echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology.

“We are delighted that Dr. Szawlewicz has accepted the Cardiology Chair position,” said Chirichella. “He has been an integral part of our team for many years, and has served as ‘de facto’ leader during several periods of transition at the Hospital. He is well respected by his peers, and his clinical skills and patient rapport are unmatched. I am excited as we work closely together in further developing and enhancing our cardiology service lines as well as continue expansion into the surrounding communities through our Deborah Specialty Physicians outside practice locations.”

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Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ is an 89-bed teaching hospital that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis, research, and treatment of heart, lung, and vascular diseases. Founded in 1922, Deborah has been a regional and nationally recognized leader throughout its 100-year history, during which time it has healed 2.3 million patients from every corner of the United States and 87 countries in the world. From performing the first open heart surgeries (adult and pediatric) in New Jersey, to running one of the highest volume left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) implant programs in the region, Deborah has stood at the forefront of medical innovation, all while never wavering from its founding mission “there is no price on life.” Deborah is consistently recognized as a leader in patient care from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, ranked among the top hospitals in New Jersey for patient satisfaction; holds a top-tier Society of Thoracic Surgeons rating which places Deborah among the best cardiac surgery programs in the country; and is designated a national Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Deborah is an Alliance member of the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute. To learn more visit

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