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Virtua doctor leads medical society

For only the third time in three centuries, a woman will lead the Medical Society of New Jersey. Dr. Mary F. Campagnolo was installed as the 220th president of the society at its meeting in early May. She is the third woman to hold the president's post since the organization was established in 1766.

"I'm eager to take on the new role and help to improve health care," the 55-year-old physician said. "It's a challenging time in health care."

Campagnolo practices family medicine at Virtua Lumberton Family Physicians and is chief of the department of family medicine at Virtua Memorial in Mount Holly.

She cares for nursing home and subacute rehabilitation patients at Virtua Health and Rehabilitation Center and is the director for primary care at the Virtua Medical Group in Evesham.

"Mary's role as an advocate for medical quality and quality improvement, coupled with her dedication as a family physician, make her the perfect choice for president," said Larry Downs, CEO of the society, in a news release. "She is focused on issues important to our organization, including the integration of medical practices, advancing women in medicine, and building equity and payment reforms in networks and Medicaid to increase the public's access to physicians."

Campagnolo is past president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians and serves on its board of trustees.

She has led the Virtua Medical Group Quality Committee for the last three years, is an appointee to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services' Nursing Home Administrators Licensing Board, and is a member of the Mandated State Health Benefits Committee of the Department of Banking and Insurance.

Campagnolo earned her undergraduate and medical degrees at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and she completed her residency in family medicine at Overlook Hospital in Summit.

Campagnolo received a master's degree in business administration at the Rutgers School of Business in Camden.

The Medical Society of New Jersey is the oldest professional society in the United States. Its mission is to promote the betterment of the public health and the science and art of medicine, to enlighten public opinion about the problems of medicine, and to safeguard the rights of doctors.

The nonprofit in Lawrenceville had revenue of $2.7 million, expenses of $3.1 million and assets of $2.4 million, according to its Form 990, filed with the Internal Revenue Service in May 2011.

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