Carol Biscardi, PA-C, PhDDirector of the Physician Assistant Program
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Dr. Biscardi completed her physician assistant education in 1981, earning a PA certificate from the United States Public Health Service physician assistant program and a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John's University. Additionally, she received a Master of Science in Pharmacotherapeutics from St. John’s and a Doctorate of Philosophy—Health Sciences from Seton Hall University. Her clinical work experience is in the areas of general surgery and pediatrics. She has also worked in pharmaceutical clinical drug research. Dr. Biscardi has been a full-time PA educator for 22 years and has 10 years' experience as a program director.
Joseph Monaco, PA-C, MSJDirector of Clinical Education for the Physician Assistant Program
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Mr. Monaco is a 1977 graduate of the United States Public Health Service Hospital physician assistant program. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona, Rutgers University, and the University of the State of New York at Albany. In addition, he earned a Master of Science in Jurisprudence in Health Care Law and Policy from the Seton Hall School of Law. Mr. Monaco is a board certified physician assistant licensed in New Jersey and registered in New York. He is a member of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Mr. Monaco has experience in the medical device industry, general surgery, emergency medicine, primary care, and substance abuse medicine. He has been associated with physician assistant education and training his entire professional career but more formally as a full-time educator for the past 16 years.
Kenneth W. Faistl, MD, FAAFPCo-Medical Director
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Dr. Faistl is a Board Certified Family Physician with added qualifications in geriatrics. He is also board certified in addiction medicine. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dr. Faistl completed his undergraduate education at Seton Hall University and medical school at the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, now UMDNJ-Newark. He is actively practicing family medicine in Freehold, New Jersey, and in 2005 founded the Robert Wood Johnson at CentraState Family Medicine Residency program; he has since trained over 50 new family physicians, today still serving as program director.
An advocate for family medicine, Dr. Faistl has served on virtually every committee of the New Jersey Academy, including president and chairman of the board. He was recognized in 2011 as the New Jersey Family Physician of the Year and nominated as the American Family Physician of the Year. Dr. Faistl has served on the Board of Trustees of CentraState Medical Center, and he is a present member of the VNA Health Group Board of Trustees, chairs the Colts Neck Board of Health, and is the medical director of New Hope Foundation, a residential and outpatient alcohol and drug rehab facility in Marlboro, New Jersey.
His interests are in "team-based" medical delivery systems, the application of electronic health records, quality care reporting, and the training of medical professionals.
Joseph R. DePasquale, MD, FACP, FACGCo-Medical Director
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Dr. DePasquale is a licensed physician in the State of New Jersey and Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. For the past 25 years, he has served as a key clinical faculty member of Seton Hall University’s School of Graduate Medical Education Residency training program accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). In that capacity, he has provided clinical training to medical students, residents, and gastroenterology fellows at St. Michael's Medical Center and served as its Gastroenterology Fellowship and Research Coordinator. He is a past recipient of St. Michael's Medical Center's medical trainees' "Medical Teaching Attending Award." Likewise, Dr. DePasquale has long contributed to PA education. Over the past 15 years, he has participated in program curriculum development, rendered didactic instruction to PA students, served as a clinical preceptor, and presented at postgraduate professional meetings. He is a past recipient of the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants' "Outstanding Physician of the Year" Award.
Dr. DePasquale is actively engaged in the practice of medicine. His practice is limited to diseases of the digestive and biliary systems. Throughout his career, he has held various leadership positions in his hospital affiliations, as well as in professional organizations, including serving as past president of The New Jersey Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and New Jersey Gastroenterology Society.
Dr. DePasquale is a graduate of Boston College, having received his Bachelor of Science in Physics, magna cum laude. He received his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy, and is a master's candidate at Dartmouth University in its Health Care Delivery Science (MHCDS) program.
Mary Stern, PA-C, MEdSpecialist Professor/Academic Coordinator
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Mary H. Stern earned a Bachelor of Science degree as a Physician Assistant from St. Francis University in Loretto, PA, in 1982. She attended the Rutgers Graduate School of Education while working as a clinical assistant professor at the UMDNJ physician assistant program in Piscataway, NJ, and attained her Master of Education degree from Rutgers in 2001. Her career in healthcare began as a licensed practical nurse working at Overlook Hospital in Summit, NJ. Following the completion of her physician assistant studies, she entered into clinical practice as a physician assistant. She has worked in family practice, neonatology, pediatric cardiology, and employee health. Professor Stern is nationally certified as a physician assistant and is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and registered in New York.