Medical Society of N.J. installs new president

The Medical Society of New Jersey has installed a new president, it announced this week, choosing a longtime member and trustee for the role.

Dr. Kennedy Ganti was installed as the organization’s 229th president at a virtual meeting earlier this month that included the society’s annual elections. He has been a member of MSNJ since 2010 and has served in various roles on the board.

“Now, more than ever, MSNJ must continue to be a strong voice for our physician members,” CEO Larry Downs said in a prepared statement. “As we move forward from the pandemic, we must continue to advocate for physicians and patients alike, and help shape the future of New Jersey’s ever-changing health care landscape. With his innate leadership skills and passionate advocacy, Dr. Ganti is a perfect candidate to lead our organization. On behalf of MSNJ and our physician members, I am honored to welcome him as our new president for the 2021-22 term.”

Ganti, a primary care physician with a Willingboro multispecialty group, is assuming the presidency from Dr. Philip E. Klein. He serves primary care needs of patients with developmental disabilities and is active in the area of medical informatics.

MSNJ shared Ganti’s vision for its future and the goals for his presidency:

“The resiliency of the American spirit was seen in many different ways during the darkest days of the pandemic. We witnessed the speedy investigation and deployment of telemedicine systems, ensuring better access to care. We also watched the rapid research, testing and deployment of vaccinations across the globe — inoculating millions, interrupting the transmission of the virus and preventing severe COVID-19 illness in our communities’ most vulnerable patients.

“Through it all, MSNJ continued to protect and uphold New Jersey’s health and medicine, all for the good of public health — working with Gov. (Phil) Murphy, Commissioner of Health Judith Persichilli, state officials and partners to provide sound guidance on ever-changing clinical news and offer best practices in regard to COVID-19 prevention, treatment and vaccination.

“MSNJ is poised to lead the Garden State in developing a ‘new normal’ when it comes to our state’s health care landscape. Working collaboratively with other physicians, legislators, insurance providers, medical professionals and hospital systems, we must continue to lead the way for improved access to information for physicians through interoperable solutions like OneHealth New Jersey and push for increased funding and better access to behavioral health, maternal health and other specialties in need of support.

“We have battled the COVID-19 virus together. But now, it is time for us to rise out of the pandemic — together.”