Summit Medical Group Welcomes Physicians with Paramount Medical Group

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Twenty-two primary care physicians join largest multispecialty medical group in New Jersey

Twenty-two physicians of Paramount Medical Group have recently joined Summit Medical Group.

Founded in 1998 by 18 physicians, Paramount Medical Group (PMG) is one of New Jersey’s strongest primary care physician practices. PMG's mission has been to innovate and transform their medical practices, focus on patient needs, coordinate care, build trust and provide a team-based approach for their patients. Continually lauded for superior quality, Paramount has achieved recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for the Physician Practice Connections® – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ Program for 2010.

Notes Paramount Medical Group President, Epifanio Calcara, M.D. “The skill and experience of the PMG primary care physicians who have chosen to join SMG will expand and enhance the existing high quality network of primary care and specialist physicians in SMG and provide a more satisfying patient experience.

“Summit Medical Group’s integrated model of care has demonstrated the ability to enhance quality, reduce unnecessary utilization and control costs. With these additional primary care physicians on our team, patient access to comprehensive, coordinated, convenient care will be unmatched in the state,” says Summit Medical Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Simon J. Samaha, M.D. “We extend our warmest welcome to the physicians of Paramount Medical Group as they join our medical team.”

The 22 Paramount Medical Group physicians joining with Summit Medical Group are:

Stacy Bernstein, M.D. - Pediatrics
Stephen Bobella, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Lisa Brodkin, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Epifanio Calcara, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Susan Cantor, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Irene Cho, M.D. - Endocrinology
Kathleen Cuddihy, M.D., FAAP - Pediatrics
Elizabeth Delany, M.D. - Family Medicine
Christopher DeMasi, D.O. - Family Medicine
Maurice Ferrante, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Alan Fine, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Robert Fuhrman, M.D., FACP, FACE - Endocrinology
Nicole Henry-Dindial, M.D. - Family Medicine
Kathleen Leistikow, M.D. - Family Medicine
John Percy, Jr., M.D. - Pediatrics
Susan Profeta, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Jamie Reedy, M.D., MPH - Family Medicine
Kristen Shapren, M.D. - Pediatrics
Sharon Stoch, M.D. - Internal Medicine
John Tabachnick, M.D. - Family Medicine
Joyce Talavera, M.D. - Internal Medicine
Claudia Wagner, M.D. - Family Medicine

The new relationship expands primary care and endocrinology services in the area and adds seven new offices for a total of 18 combined New Jersey locations. PMG offices joining SMG include Internal Medicine at Springfield, New Providence Pediatrics, both Internal Medicine practices in Warren, Westfield Family Practice 1 and 2, Endocrinology and Internal Medicine in Westfield, and Pediatrics at Westfield.


Providing exceptional primary and specialty care since 1929, Summit Medical Group is one of the most progressive clinically-integrated multispecialty medical groups in New Jersey. It has pioneered information technology advances with its electronic health records and electronic prescribing program. With more than 275 highly qualified healthcare providers, it serves as a unique model of healthcare in the state. Through its nationally recognized award-winning customer service program, Summit Medical Group treats more than 55,000 patients per month at its Berkeley Heights campus and area satellites in Bayonne, Berkeley Heights, Millburn, Shorts Hills, Springfield Summit, Warren, and Westfield. NJBiz magazine names Summit Medical Group one of the “Fifty Fastest Growing Companies” in New Jersey. Summit Medical Group is a member of the American Medical Group Association For more information, visit

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