Iqbal honored by Bergen New Bridge for his more-than-60-year career as practicing psychiatrist

Doctor is lauded at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation’s inaugural Legacy Award event

The Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Foundation made its first Legacy Award event a special one, honoring Dr. Mohammad Iqbal for his more than 60 years as a practicing psychiatrist and his immense contributions to the medical center and its prestigious Psychiatry Residency Program.

Iqbal is a pioneering psychiatrist whose specialties include both psychiatry and neurology. He graduated from Dow Medical College in 1963 and is director emeritus of the Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Program.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center CEO Deb Visconi said the organization was thrilled to honor Iqbal.

“How fitting it is to celebrate Dr. Iqbal during Mental Health Awareness Month,” she said. “I’d like to thank all our mental health professionals for the lifesaving work they do every day and, to Dr. Iqbal, thank you for changing the face of mental health, creating a focus on education and ensuring the future of psychiatry.

“Your dedication and expertise set the foundation for our medical center’s leadership in mental health and the growth and success of our psychiatry residency program.”

Iqbal is an American Psychiatry Association distinguished fellow and a member of New Jersey Psychiatry Association. He was a member of the American Association of Director Residency Training Program for more than 30 years.

Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, a clinical affiliate of Rutgers University, is a 1,070-bed hospital in Paramus. The medical center is both the largest hospital and licensed nursing home in the state and the fourth-largest publicly owned hospital in the nation.