Advisory Committee

GantiMD, FAAFP – Chair

Kennedy Ganti, MD is currently Physician Informatician with Cooper Medical Informatics and Care Delivery Innovation at Cooper University Health Care and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. Dr. Ganti was previously the Medical Director for Primary Care Research at the Virtua Medical Group. He had completed a half dozen industry sponsored clinical trials during his tenure, amongst them blockbuster medications Invokana and Movantik.

Dr Ganti is active in the area of medical informatics. He had published over half dozen articles in the area of medical informatics for continuing medical education credit. Ganti also presented peer reviewed presentations in informatics at the national Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) two years in a row. Dr. Ganti is a Past Vice-President and former member of the Board of Directors for New Jersey HIMSS. He served as inaugural Chair of the New Jersey Health Information Technology Commission from 2008 to 2010. Dr. Ganti academic role include Assistant Clerkship Director for the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University’s course on Medical Informatics for third and fourth year medical students. Dr. Ganti is involved in medical informatics projects like the implementation of an integrated behavioral health screening and care delivery documentation module in the Epic EHR system.

Dr. Ganti is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He completed his graduate medical education from the Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ where he is also Volunteer Faculty till date. After completing his residency, he also completed a fellowship in Health Policy where he worked as the health policy advisor to the Chair of the Health and Senior Services Committee in the New Jersey State Assembly.
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Lawrence Downs is Secretary of the Physicians Foundation and serves as chief executive officer and general counsel to the Medical Society of New Jersey. He is also the executive director of the Institute of Medicine and Public Health of New Jersey, and previously served as executive director of the New Jersey Breathes coalition and as director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the American Cancer Society’s New Jersey Division.

Mr. Downs holds a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in public health from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.


Christopher Gribbin, MD is a physician with University Radiology Group and is the 225th president of the Medical Society of New Jersey. He attended college at the University of Rochester, where he received a BA in Biology, concentrating on biochemistry and molecular biology. He spent a year doing research at Rochester in cellular and molecular biology, after which he went to medical school at Cornell University Medical College, where he received his MD. He then spent a year in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, after which he completed a year training in Pathology at New York University Medical Center. Subsequently, he pursued a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at NYU. This was followed by a fellowship in Body Imaging and finally a fellowship in Interventional Radiology, both at NYU.

Since that time, he has practiced diagnostic and interventional radiology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Saint Peter's University Hospital, in New Brunswick, where he has been involved teaching medical students, residents and fellows for over 25 years. He holds the academic title of Clinical Associate Professor of Radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is the chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the Interventional Radiology fellowship at Robert Wood Johnson. He is the co-chief of Interventional Radiology at Saint Peter’s.
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Soumen Samaddar, MD, is the Vice Speaker of the Medical Society of New Jersey, and an alternate delegate to the American Medical Association for New Jersey. He completed undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis, medical school at Robert Wood Johnson, and a family medicine residency at Hunterdon Medical Center. He joined the Hunterdon Medical Center and serves as the medical director of Hunterdon Family and Sports Medicine at Hopewell Valley.
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Michael Ruiz
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Michael Ruiz de Somocurcio is Vice President–Payer and Provider Collaboration for Regional Cancer Care Associates. Prior to joining RCCA, he spent more than 15 years on the health plan side working for national, regional and start-up health plans. He holds an undergraduate degree in business administration from the College of New Jersey and an MBA from Rutgers University.
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