Paterson, NJ [October 12, 2009] - St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is honored to announce that Walid J. Baddoura, MD, will be presented with the Kendrick P. Lance, MD Distinguished Physician Award during the 33rd Annual Charity Ball on Saturday, October 17th. This year's event will be held at the historic American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation is the fundraising arm of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson.
Dr. Baddoura is the President of the Medical Staff of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, and Chief of the Gastroenterology Division. His leadership also extends to the Seton Hall University School of Health & Medical Sciences, where he serves as the Program Director of the Gastroenterology Fellowship Program.
Dr. Baddoura began his medical training at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, where he graduated in 1976. He then left Lebanon for New Jersey, and first joined St. Joseph's as a resident in Internal Medicine. He subsequently went to Connecticut to pursue a fellowship at the Yale-affiliated Gastroenterology Program in Waterbury and New Haven. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.
Since his return to St. Joseph's, Dr. Baddoura has been actively involved in the education of students, residents and fellows. In 1986, he was appointed Chief of the Gastroenterology Division and, since 1992, has held this position along with directorship of the GI fellowship at Seton Hall University School of Health & Medical Sciences. He also maintains a private practice in gastroenterology in Clifton.
At St. Joseph's, Dr. Baddoura serves on multiple committees and has been on the Medical Staff Board for several years, first as a member-at-large and then as an officer – most recently President. He has represented the Regional Medical Center on the Board of Trustees of the Passaic County Medical Society. He is also a former president of the New Jersey Gastroenterological Society. In June 2009, he received the Distinguished Health Care Service Award for Passaic County from the Northern New Jersey Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
St. Joseph's is proud to honor Dr. Baddoura for his more than 25 years of service, his unwavering dedication to his patients and his exemplary medical career at St. Joseph's.
Dr. Baddoura resides in Pompton Plains and is the proud uncle of six nieces and nephews.