Atlantic Health announces arrival of chief clinical officer

Highly regarded physician brings clinical leadership experience, deep commitment to medical education

Dr. Suja Mathew, a highly respected physician with decades of experience in clinical leadership and physician development, has been named the chief clinical officer at Atlantic Health System, the system said Monday.

Working directly with Atlantic Health System’s chief medical officers and quality, research and academic teams, Mathew will work collaboratively to deliver innovative and high-quality care for patients across the region, Atlantic officials said.

Dr. Mathew’s work will strengthen the bonds that connect Atlantic Health System’s entire network of care, empowering every patient to benefit from its systemwide resources. In her unique role as chief clinical officer, Mathew will primarily focus on three key areas: optimizing patient access to the full Atlantic Health System network of care, elevating the system’s innovative research and academic programs, and continuing the system’s commitment to the highest-quality care.

“The Atlantic Health System team is proud of our culture of inquiry and constantly searching for new ways to improve lives within the communities we serve,” CEO Brian Gragnolati said. “As a leader who has devoted her career to building strong relationships between patients and caregivers, Suja is a perfect fit for Atlantic Health System. I look forward to working with her on behalf of our patients, their families and our entire team.”

Mathew is a nationally renowned leader in physician education who serves on the board of regents for the American College of Physicians, the nation’s largest specialty-based physician organization. As chair of its Health and Public Policy Committee, she drives the creation of ACP position statements, helping set health care policy for the entire field. She is a delegate to the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates.

Matthew said she was eager to begin the role.

“Atlantic Health System offers expert care to our communities,” she said. “I want every patient to know that, no matter where and how you enter our system, you can have access to the best that Atlantic has to offer.

“Delivering extraordinary caring across our entire network means we help patients and their families stay healthy or recover from illness in the right environment at the right time and at the right cost. Furthermore, our research programs bring cutting-edge therapies to our patients and allow us to contribute to the creation of medical knowledge. Our educational programs ensure that we impact medicine for generations to come.”

Mathew is a transformative and influential leader. Before joining Atlantic Health, she was the chair of medicine for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System in Cook County, Illinois. There, she oversaw systemwide inpatient and ambulatory internal medicine, dermatology and neurology services across the entire system, including Stroger Hospital of Cook County (a 464-bed teaching hospital), Provident Hospital of Cook County (a 25-bed community hospital), the Ambulatory Community Health Network and the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center.

Mathew also led one of the nation’s largest internal medicine residency programs, fellowships in nine internal medicine subspecialties, residencies in preventive medicine and dermatology, and clerkship programs for medical students from Rush Medical College, Rosalind Franklin University and Midwestern University.

Mathew has a strong interest in career sustainability and professional satisfaction, and she has mentored many residents, chief residents and faculty members who have gone on to assume significant leadership roles locally and nationally.

Mathew has a passion for health equity and addressing the needs of marginalized communities. She is an advocate for ensuring that all Americans have access to reliable sources of nutritious food and has served as chair of Doctors for a Hunger Free America since 2019.