John M. Heath, MD, AGSF, CMD is a geriatrician who sees older adults in the office, hospital, and home care setting for geriatric medicine consultations. As medical director of geriatric services for the Summit Medical Group, he also works with other SMG Extensivist providers to provide subacute rehabilitative facility care for SMG patients transitioning from the acute care hospital into post-acute care rehab and nursing care facilities throughout the region. Prior to joining the Summit Medical Group, Dr. Heath was a tenured professor and geriatric medicine fellowship program director at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, NJ where he remains on the clinical faculty.
Dr. Heath has medical director experience at a range of subacute rehabilitative facilities, hospice, and home care organizations and was awarded Certified Medical Director (CMD) status by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine. Before moving to New Jersey in 1996, he practiced geriatric medicine as a faculty member at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. Dr. Heath is among the first board-certified geriatricians in the United States with continuous board certification since 1988.
Dr. Heath’s professional interests include preserving function, prioritizing palliative care needs, and addressing memory problems of aging. He is a fellow of both the American Geriatric Society (AGSF) and the American Academy of Family Physicians and a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. He has been repeatedly featured in the New Jersey Monthly' "Top Doctors" listings.
Dr. Heath says, “My inspiration to practice geriatric medicine came from my interest in blending the art of graceful aging with the science of geriatric medicine. My goal is to maximize each patient’s physical, functional and cognitive potential throughout their life span. I feel privileged to care for seniors with multiple medical conditions to help clarify their health priorities.”