Our Leadership

Robert L. Barchi, M.D., PhD. - President, Rutgers University

Robert Barchi

Robert L. Barchi, M.D., PhD. is the 20th president of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, a comprehensive research institution with nearly 69,000 students.

Appointed in 2012, President Barchi is leading Rutgers at one of the most exciting moments of its more than 250-year history. In 2013 he guided the formation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), a major division of the university established when, through restructuring legislation signed by then-Governor Chris Christie, most units of the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey were integrated into Rutgers.

President Barchi has led development of an ambitious university wide strategic plan, the first at Rutgers in nearly 20 years, and a corresponding physical master plan. He helped lead Rutgers into the Big Ten Athletic Conference, a group of leading research institutions, and the conference’s academic consortium, the Big Ten Academic Alliance. Working closely with Rutgers alumni and friends, he successfully completed the university's first billion-dollar capital campaign. And, after helping advocate for passage of a statewide bond referendum for higher education construction, Dr. Barchi has overseen a capital program totaling $2 billion in planning, design, and construction of academic and student-services facilities across all Rutgers locations.

From 2004 to 2012, Dr. Barchi served as president of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, nationally regarded as a top university dedicated to health sciences education and research. Prior to Jefferson, he was provost and chief academic officer of the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution founded in 1740. There, he had responsibility for Penn’s 12 schools, all academic programs, athletics, students, and faculty.

Throughout his career, Dr. Barchi has been active as a teacher and as an NIH-funded researcher in the fields of neuroscience and neurology, and he has published extensively in his field. He was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his pioneering research on the structure and function of voltage-gated ion channels in nerve and muscle, and on the role these critical molecules can play in human disease. He was also elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians and named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Neurological Association, and the American Academy of Neurology.

Dr. Barchi was born in Philadelphia but spent his formative years not far from Rutgers in Westfield, N.J. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Georgetown University, and Ph.D. and M.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed specialty training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and holds board certification in neurology.

Barry H. Ostrowsky - President and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health

Barry H. Ostrowsky

Barry H. Ostrowsky is the President and Chief Executive Officer of RWJBarnabas Health.  The System and Rutgers University are forming New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive academic health system.  The public-private partnership aligns RWJBH, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Health and Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.  The partnership is dedicated to providing high quality patient care, leading edge research, and world-class health and medical education to transform and advance health care in New Jersey.

RWJBarnabas Health has a service area that covers nine counties with five million residents.  The system includes 11 acute care hospitals (five are teaching hospitals), three children’s hospitals, a pediatric rehabilitation hospital and its multiple outpatient facilities, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, a free-standing behavioral health center, New Jersey’s largest statewide behavioral health network, a satellite emergency department,  trauma centers, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, multi-site imaging centers, two accountable care organizations, as well as medical groups with primary and specialty care physician practices. The system is comprised of 33,000 employees, (largest private employer in New Jersey); nearly 9,000 physicians (representing more than 40 percent of the state’s actively practicing physicians); and 1,000 residents and interns.

Mr. Ostrowsky is spearheading a system-wide endeavor to promote healthier living for employees and the members of our communities and develop an effective strategy to address the true social needs of our diverse communities.
Mr. Ostrowsky joined Saint Barnabas Medical Center in 1991 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel and served in the same role when Barnabas Health was created in 1996. At Barnabas Health, he became President and Chief Operating Officer in 2010 and President and Chief Executive Officer in 2012.  In April 2016, with the merger of Barnabas Health and Robert Wood Johnson Health System, he assumed his present position. Mr. Ostrowsky was previously a Senior Partner at Brach, Eichler.

Among active memberships, Mr. Ostrowsky serves on the Boards of PSEG; the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce; Public Media NJ, Inc., operator of NJTV; and New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  He is a member of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Care Systems Governing Council.

Mr. Ostrowsky was named to the 2018 ROI-NJ Influencers Power list and the 2018 NJBIZ Power 100 list.  In 2016, NJBIZ named him the Executive of the Year in Business in New Jersey, and in 2017 he was named once again to the NJBIZ Health Care Power 50 list of the most powerful people in New Jersey health care, and to the Power 100 list, which includes the state’s most influential people in business.  Previously, he had been named by Becker’s Hospital Review as one of its “300 Hospital & Health System Leaders to Know”.  Mr. Ostrowsky received a BA from Rutgers University and a JD from the University of Tennessee School of Law.

Brian L. Strom, M.D., M.P.H. - Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Brian L. Strom

Brian L. Strom, M.D., M.P.H. is the Inaugural Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) and the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at Rutgers University. RBHS is comprised of nine schools and five centers/institutes, and includes academic, patient care, and research facilities. Dr. Strom was formerly the Executive Vice Dean of Institutional Affairs, Founding Chair of the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Founding Director of the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Founding Director of the Graduate Program in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, all at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania (Penn).

From 1975–1978 he was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine and from 1978–1980 he was an NIH fellow in Clinical Pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. He simultaneously earned an M.P.H. Degree in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine since 1980. The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) that he created at Penn includes over 550 faculty, research and support staff, and trainees. At the time Dr. Strom stepped down, CCEB research received nearly $49 million/year in extramural support. Its total budget was approximately $67 million.

Although Dr. Strom's interests span many areas of clinical epidemiology, his major research interest is in the field of pharmacoepidemiology, i.e., the application of epidemiologic methods to the study of drug use and effects. He is recognized as a founder of this field and for his pioneer work in using large automated databases for research. He is editor of the field's major text (now in its fifth edition) and Editor-in-Chief for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, the official journal of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. In addition to writing more than 580 papers, and 14 books, he has been principal investigator for more than 275 grants, including over $115 million in direct costs alone.

Dr. Strom was a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Board of Directors for the American College of Epidemiology, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Patient-Oriented Research.

Dr. Strom is a member of the American Epidemiology Society, and is one of a handful of clinical epidemiologists ever elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and American Association of Physicians. He has also been an elected member of the IOM of the National Academy of Sciences since 2001.

Dr. Strom earned a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University in 1971, and then an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975.

Andy Anderson, M.D. - CEO, Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University

Andy Anderson

Dr. Andy Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer of the Combined Medical Group of RWJBarnabas Health, the largest health care system in New Jersey, and Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey. 

Dr. Anderson oversees the clinical activities of one of the largest provider consortia in the nation. The Combined Medical Group results from a partnership between RWJBarnabas Health and Rutgers University to jointly operate a world-class academic health system dedicated to life-changing research, clinical training of tomorrow’s health care workforce, and high quality patient care.  

The Group was formed from the practitioners of RWJBarnabas Health and the Rutgers Health Group, a faculty practice of Rutgers-employed physicians, dentists, psychologists, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Dr. Anderson is charged with driving innovation and creating a seamless transformation as the teams combine.

Dr. Anderson comes from Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, where he was named Chief Medical Officer in 2015 and was responsible for the strategic direction and operational deployment of critical physician and clinical support functions. Dr. Anderson also served as executive leader of the Aurora Research Institute and ACL Laboratories, championed the wellness programs, led clinical informatics, and oversaw medical education for the system. 

Prior to joining Aurora Health Care, Dr. Anderson served in multiple leadership roles during more than 15 years at national health care systems, including Chicago-based NorthShore University HealthSystem, the University of Chicago Hospitals, and the Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Health. Dr. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree and medical degree from the University of North Carolina and a master’s degree in business administration from Marquette University.