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Physician Philanthropy: D’Ambrosio Family Makes Gift to Impact Future Generations

Anthony D’Ambrosio, M.D., MBA, Director of Neurosurgery at Valley Health System, has a clear priority when caring for his patients.

Ultimately, he says, he wants to get his patients back to living and enjoying their lives as quickly and safely as possible.

The head of Valley’s Neurosurgery Department since 2013 and the Co-director of the Valley Gamma Knife Center, Dr. D’Ambrosio specializes in both complex brain surgery and Gamma Knife radiosurgery. He treats patients with trigeminal neuralgia, hemifacial spasm, brain tumors, and other neurological conditions.

He and his wife, Sally, residents of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, are proud to support The Valley Hospital in Paramus with a $100,000 gift, in part because Dr. D’Ambrosio’s personal philosophy of care aligns so closely with Valley’s. “Valley has a comprehensive, long-term view on what it takes to care for patients for decades to come, and the new hospital really reflects that,” Dr. D’Ambrosio said. “The design of the new hospital and the equipment going into it is very exciting for our team and will result in even better patient outcomes, shorter recovery times, and an experience that feels comfortable, warm, and caring for our patients and their families.”

Since Dr. D’Ambrosio is a director in a subspecialty so reliant on the latest technology, Valley engaged him and his peers early in each phase of the design and construction process of The Valley Hospital in Paramus to fully understand their needs. Dr. D’Ambrosio provided feedback throughout the process and had the opportunity to tour a mock operating space to assess the flow of the operating room and determine the best placement for monitors and equipment.

Among the new hospital’s innovative leading-edge technology is an intraoperative hybrid MRI operating room, a versatile space that will allow Dr. D’Ambrosio and his team to operate on a patient and move only a few steps away to assess the patient with an MRI. This access between the operating space and MRI technology allows the surgeons to evaluate the patient in real time to determine immediate next steps, saving time and stress on the patient and resulting in faster recovery and better patient outcomes.

“Valley Health System is a unique and special place that shows from top to bottom the culture, vision, and fiber of the organization is strong,” Dr. D’Ambrosio says. “I love that Valley puts its patients first and doesn’t just say it. It has the perfect mix of quality, technology, and compassion, and it’s a very patient-centric organization that really cares.”

A lifelong resident of Bergen County, Dr. D’Ambrosio was raised in Oakland and attended Indian Hills High School. Growing up, Valley was the hospital that took care of him and his family, and it’s where he and his wife welcomed both of their children.

“We made our gift because it’s important to contribute to causes that keep our community strong, not only for our benefit, but for the next generation and generations to come.”

Anthony D’Ambrosio, M.D., MBA, and Sally D’Ambrosio