University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

Coordinates: 40°44′29″N 74°11′22″W / 40.7415111°N 74.1893432°W / 40.7415111; -74.1893432
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University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Former names
College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Endowment$183 million[1]
PresidentDenise V. Rodgers, MD
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Other students
1,171 (residents and interns)[1]
Location, ,
40°44′29″N 74°11′22″W / 40.7415111°N 74.1893432°W / 40.7415111; -74.1893432
Campus185 acres (0.75 km2)
Urban and suburban
WebsiteFinal version of

Redirection to

Rutgers landing page
Cancer Center, Newark

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) was a state-run health sciences institution with six locations in New Jersey.

It was founded as the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry in 1954, and by the 1980s was both a major school of health sciences, and a major research university. On July 1, 2013, it was dissolved, with most of its schools merging with Rutgers University to form a new Rutgers School of Biomedical and Health Sciences,[2] while the School of Osteopathic Medicine, including its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, became part of Rowan University and was renamed the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.


Former Martland Medical Center became part of UMDNJ

The university had two primary predecessor finding organizations:

  • Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry (1956), including two constituent colleges (medicine, dentistry)
  • Rutgers Medical School (1966)

In 1965, the state took over Seton Hall's schools and merged them with the Rutgers school, forming the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMDNJ).

In 1981, it was renamed to the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).[3]

Seton Hall[edit]

The Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry was incorporated on August 6, 1954. The college enrolled its first class in 1956 at the Jersey City Medical Center. This was the forerunner of the New Jersey Medical School, the New Jersey Dental School, and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In 1965, the college was acquired by the state of New Jersey and renamed the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry (NJCMD).

Rutgers Medical School[edit]

Rutgers Medical School opened in 1966 as a two-year basic science institution offering the master of medical science (M.M.S.) degree.

State takeover and merger[edit]

The College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMDNJ) was created by legislature in 1968 with the consolidation of the boards of trustees of Rutgers Medical School (now Robert Wood Johnson Medical School) and New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry. It was the largest school of health sciences of its kind in the United States. It was also the leading research university in New Jersey, edging the other major research universities in the state (including Princeton University and Rutgers University) in federal research grant dollars.[4] It did, however, have various academic partnerships with universities and other institutions in New Jersey.

Relocation to Newark[edit]

In 1966 plans were made to move the school from Jersey City to Newark. Residents of the neighborhood targeted as the new location were blindsided by the decision. Community organizations banded together to oppose the relocation of the school, citing displacement of 20,000 people and businesses. President Johnson's Model City Act dictated community involvement. In 1968 Robert Wood, undersecretary of Housing and Urban Development, representatives from President Johnson's administration, and Governor Hughes urged Newark's Mayor Hugh Addonizio to negotiate in good faith with the community organizations as mandated by the Model City Act.

On March 15, 1968, a substantial agreement was made. One of the demands included was a smaller site than the 150 acres initially approved. In compromise the site was reduced to 57.9 acres, with another 63 acres was to be designated for housing and other related facilities to be developed and built by community organizations. Other compromises were the development of Community Health programs and an upgrade to the current Newark Community Hospital. The community secured jobs by mandating that 1/3 of the day laborers to build the hospital and college, and 1/3 of the workforce to run it were black and Latino. They also mandated the admittance of minority students into its program and the inaugural class had 28 minority students. This agreement became known as the Newark Accords. A binding agreement between the Community Organizations and the city, it also became the framework for other cities to follow in their negotiations. The University Hospital is a direct result of those agreements.[5]

Tuition raise[edit]

In July 2010, UMDNJ's board of trustees voted to raise tuition up to 21 percent for out-of-state students and up to 18% for in-state students.[6] The changes occurred after medical students had already begun their clinical rotations, signed into housing agreements, and received their financial aid packages. Returning students received an additional bill after the academic year had already started. They had anticipated an increase of up to 4% based on historical data and their acceptance letters. However, Governor Chris Christie had passed a tuition cap of 4% for public universities on undergraduate tuition in 2010. In the students' eyes, the unprecedented increase in tuition was viewed as a way to make up a sudden financial deficit in UMDNJ's budget, though there was a lack of transparency by the UMDNJ Board of Trustees and President Denise Rodgers at the time.


On 1 July 2013, UMDNJ was dissolved under legislation passed by the New Jersey state legislature on 28 June 2012[7] and signed by Chris Christie in August.[8] University Hospital became an independent organization. Rowan University took over the School of Osteopathic Medicine. The other component schools were taken over by the Rutgers University system.[7]

The School of Pharmacy was not part of the transfer, as it had been part of Rutgers University since 1927.


UMDNJ was made up of 8 schools:

UMDNJ also operated The University Hospital in Newark and the Raritan Valley Hospital in Greenbrook, New Jersey, while Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack and Cooper University Hospital in Camden were affiliates of UMDNJ. UMDNJ also operated a palliative care facility for people living with AIDS.

UMDNJ had approximately 7,000 students in more than 100 degree and certificate programs; more than 13,000 employees, including nearly 2,500 faculty members; more than 31,000 alumni and more than 200 education and healthcare affiliates throughout New Jersey. The university was dedicated to pursuing excellence in the education of health professionals and scientists, conducting research, delivering healthcare, and serving the community. The National Science Foundation ranked UMDNJ #71 out of 630 universities and colleges in terms of R&D expenditures.[9]

Notable alumni and faculty[edit]

Controversy and scandals[edit]

UMDNJ was involved in a series of Medicaid over-billings.[10] The criminal complaint filed against the institution charged that health-care fraud occurred through alleged double-billing of Medicaid between May 2001 and November 2004 for physician services in outpatient clinics.[11] A deferred prosecution agreement was filed in federal court in Newark, N.J., December 29, 2005 to avoid prosecution.[12] Herbert Jay Stern, a former U.S. Attorney and federal judge in New Jersey, was appointed as a federal monitor to oversee and enforce compliance in accordance with the deferred prosecution agreement that outlines reform and action to help resolve illegal practices and restore financial integrity and professionalism to the institution.[13] The monitor soon discovered dental students were being given credit for classes they did not attend.[14] Local doctors were rewarded for no-show jobs at the school in exchange for sending patients to the cardiac-surgery center.[15]

In March 2008, UMDNJ announced that its accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education had been restored, following the termination of the Deferred Prosecution Agreement; Stern had recommended the return of full responsibility for governance of the institution to UMDNJ's board of trustees after implementation of a number of systemic reforms by the Board and administration.[16]

In Stratford, New Jersey, at the UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine, Warren Wallace, the prior Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, was terminated amid accusations of unethical behavior. Accusations include inappropriate use of UMDNJ time and resources for political activities, efforts to obtain no-bid contracts for a friend or neighbor, and inappropriate actions in relation to obtaining admission to the School of Osteopathic Medicine for his daughter.[17]

UMDNJ had placed New Jersey Senator Wayne Bryant on a "no-show" job to increase funding for the school, Bryant being the chairman of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee and the Legislature's Joint Budget Oversight Committee. Bryant stepped down from this position in February 2007. The case was investigated by former United States Attorney (later New Jersey governor) Christopher Christie.[18] Bryant was found guilty of the charges on November 19, 2008, and received a four-year sentence in federal prison.[19] R. Michael Gallagher, former dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine, was convicted of bribing Bryant and received an 18-month sentence.[20]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e UMDNJ Fast Facts Archived 2011-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, as of 2010-2011.
  2. ^ "N.J. lawmakers pass bill for Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger". The Star-Ledger. June 28, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "UMDNJ History & Timeline". June 5, 2004. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "UMDNJ Attracts Strong Increase in Federal Research Dollars". February 22, 2007. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  5. ^ "Agreements Reached Between Community and Government Negotiators Regarding UMDNJ and Related Matters" (PDF). University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. April 30, 1968. Retrieved 9 April 2023.
  6. ^ Kelly Heyboer (July 22, 2010). "UMDNJ to raise tuition as much as 21 percent for some students". Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Friedman, Matt (June 28, 2012). "State Legislature to vote on Rutgers-Rowan-UMDNJ merger today". Archived from the original on 1 July 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  8. ^ Heyboer, Kelly (28 September 2012). "UMDNJ marks last goodbye as reorganization draws nearer". NJ Advance Media. Retrieved 22 March 2022.
  9. ^ "US NSF - Academic Institutional Profiles - University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey". Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "UMDNJ Criminal Complaint News Release". Archived from the original on October 25, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Health Care Fraud Report". December 29, 2005. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  12. ^ "Deferred Prosecution Agreement" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 27, 2009. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  13. ^ "Federal monitor appointment". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  14. ^ Bob Ingle; Sandy McClure (19 February 2008). The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption. St. Martin's Press. p. 163. ISBN 9780312368944.
  15. ^ Bob Ingle; Sandy McClure (19 February 2008). The Soprano State: New Jersey's Culture of Corruption. St. Martin's Press. p. 156. ISBN 9780312368944.
  16. ^ "Accreditation Announcement". March 18, 2008. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  17. ^ "Federal Monitor News Release" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 16, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  18. ^ Josh Margolin; Ted Sherman (April 7, 2006). "Legislator drawn into the scandal at UMDNJ". Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011.
  19. ^ Trish G. Graber (July 25, 2009). "Former Sen. Wayne Bryant gets four years in prison for bribery, fraud". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  20. ^ Michael Rispoli (September 2, 2009). "Former UMDNJ dean convicted of bribery reports to federal prison next week". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved December 15, 2019.

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