Category Archive: Shore Physicians Group News

  1. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Primary Care Physician Dr. Maria Cerna to its Northfield Practice

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    Shore Physicians Group announced today that internal medicine physician Maria Jose Jimenez Cerna, MD, will be joining its Northfield Primary Care practice located at 2605 Shore Road. Dr. Cerna is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and fluent in Spanish and Eng-lish, and treats patients age 19 and up. She will begin seeing patients on Tuesday, May 31.

    Dr. Cerna hails most recently from Cooperstown, NY, where she served as an attending physi-cian in primary care and hospital medicine at Mary Imogene Bassett Medical Center since 2017. She received her Medical Degree from Universidad Autonoma de Honduras. She completed her internal medicine residency with Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in Bronx, NY, affiliated with Weil Cornell Medical Center College.

    In addition to caring for patients during her tenure at Mary Imogene Bassett Medical Center, Dr. Cerna also supervised and taught internal medicine residents and medical students. Before com-ing to the United States, Dr. Cerna served as a primary care physician in Honduras. She has partici-pated in numerous community service programs both in Honduras and the United States, including a project in the Bronx to help reduce the obesity rate in children.

    At the SPG Northfield office, Dr. Cerna will join Shore Physicians Group primary care providers Seblewongel Bulcha, MD; Cindy L. Nunan, DNP, FNP-BC; Ulices Perez, MD; and Marlene V. Rodriguez, MD. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cerna, call 609-365-5300.

  2. Shore Physicians Group to Host Women’s Health Event May 12 Featuring Three New Providers

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    Shore Physicians Group announced today its popular “Be Well Connected” in-person health education series will return this spring, kicking off with “Making Sense of Menopause & Beyond”. The free women-only event will be held Thurs-day, May 12, 10am to noon at Josie Kelly’s Public House in Somers Point and will cover the mysteries of menopause, gynecological care after child-bearing years, sexual health topics and more in a comfortable and safe environment. To RSVP, call Jessica Giles at 609.653.3986.

    Guests will hear from Shore Physicians Group OB/GYN providers Joanna McGrath, MSN, CNM and Maggie Stanley, RN, APRN, CNM as well as primary care physician Dr. Alex Buford, who specializes in women’s health. Radio host Jennifer Scott of KOOL 98.3FM will emcee the event, which features an Irish continental breakfast with scones, bagels and cream cheese, fruit juice, coffee and more. This interactive discussion will feature time for Q&A.

  3. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Board Certified Primary Care Provider Dr. Alexandra Buford

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    Shore Physicians Group (SPG) announced today that Alexandra Buford, DO, has joined its Primary Care division. Dr. Buford is Board Certified in Family Health with additional training in allergy and aerospace medicine, and she has a special interest in women’s health. Dr. Buford will begin treating patients on Tuesday, April 5, at the Shore Physicians Group office in Somers Point, located at 401 Bethel Road. She will transition her patient care to the new Shore Physicians Group location coming to the Festival at Hamilton Plaza in Mays Landing later this year.

    A native of Mays Landing, NJ, and a graduate of Stockton University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Buford returns home to Atlantic County after serving full time in the United States Air Force since 2013. Her impressive Air Force career includes serving as the Medical Director at the Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina and as the Medical Director of the Flight Medicine Clinic at the Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. In addition to seeing patients with Shore Physicians Group, she serves in the Reserves one weekend each month as a physician at the Langley Air Force base in Virginia.

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Buford, please call 609.365.6200.

  4. Shore Physicians Group OB/GYN Midwifery Services Offers Free Women’s Health and Cervical Cancer Screenings Jan. 28

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    Screenings are being held in honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

    Shore Physicians Group OB/GYN Midwifery Services is hosting a free Women’s Health Annual Exam and Cervical Cancer Screening event on Friday, Jan. 28, 8 AM – 2 PM, for women who are uninsured or underinsured. Exams and screenings will be provided by SPG Midwives Joanna McGrath, MSN, CNM and Maggie Stanley, CNM. This event is part of the NJ Cancer Education and Early Detection (NJCEED) program and is open to women age 21 and over. Those in-terested should schedule an appointment by calling 609-653-3484. Exams will include a clinical breast exam, pelvic exam and a Pap test and will take place at Shore Physicians Group OB/GYN Midwifery Services located at 2605 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ.

    According to the CDC, the total number of women’s cancer screenings through its National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program for women with low incomes who are uninsured or underin-sured declined by more than 80% for cervical and breast cancer screenings during April 2020, com-pared to the previous five year averages that same month. Although this was largely due to the clo-sure or temporary suspension of screening sites, many women got off track with their annual wom-en’s health and cancer screenings. It is critical that women get back on track with their cervical and breast cancer screenings to prevent delayed diagnoses, poor health outcomes, and more cancer dis-parities in women who are already experiencing health inequity.

  5. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes James J. Tayoun, DO, to its Surgical Division

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    Shore Physicians Group (SPG) announced today that James J. Tayoun, DO, has joined its Surgical Division. Board Certified in general and vascular surgery, Dr. Tayoun brings more than 20 years of experience to Shore Physicians Group. He will begin seeing patients Jan. 3, 2022 at 649 Shore Road, Somers Point and will be on staff at Shore Medical Center.

    Dr. Tayoun uses advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat a wide range of conditions that affect the stomach and colon including severe acid reflux disease; hiatal, inguinal, incisional and diaphragm hernias; pathologies of the colon including diverticulitis and tumors; gallbladder surgery, and more. He is also skilled in minimally invasive vascular surgeries to treat aortic aneurysms, varicose veins, and conditions that affect the arteries of the legs including peripheral artery disease.

    Dr. Tayoun earned his Doctor of Osteopathy from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his vascular fellowship at Deborah Heart & Lung Center. He has been in practice in the Greater Philadelphia region his entire career. Prior to joining Shore Physicians Group, Dr. Tayoun served as Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of Wound Care for Jennersville Regional Hospital in West Grove, PA. He was also the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at St. Francis Medical Center and St. Agnes Medical Center. Dr. Tayoun is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

    In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Tayoun has also taught extensively, serving as a Clinical Instructor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College, and at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also served as Associate Program Director of its Residency Program and Director of its Vascular Fellowship Program. In joining Shore Physicians Group, Dr. Tayoun will work alongside two of his former residents, SPG reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood and SPG general and vascular surgeon Dr. Matthew Lawrence.

    “We are proud to welcome Dr. Tayoun as a part of our family here at SPG. His expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques along with his knowledge and compassion make him a great addition to an already great team,” says Mark Stephens, Chief Administrative Officer of Shore Physicians Group. “He will be a valuable member of our Shore medical community.”

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tayoun, please call 609.365.6239.

  6. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Hand Surgeon Dr. Jasmine Bauknight to its Surgical Division

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    Shore Physicians Group welcomes hand and upper extremity surgeon Dr. Jasmine Bauknight to its Orthopaedic Surgery Division in Somers Point. She will begin seeing patients April 13 at the Division’s current office at 649 Shore Road, and then will move with the group to 710 Centre Street at the end of April. Dr. Bauknight joins SPG orthopaedic surgeons Dr. Tuan “Mickey” Bui; Dr. Norman Johanson; and Tara E. Chidsey, APN.

    Dr. Bauknight received her medical degree from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School. She completed her orthopaedic surgery residency at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. During her residency, she won an award for receiving the highest score on the 2017 Orthopaedic In-Training Exam. She is fluent in Portuguese and French and speaks conversational Spanish.

    Dr. Bauknight comes to Shore Physicians Group from St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where she worked locum tenens as the only hand and wrist surgeon in a 200-provider group covering a 10,000 square mile area.

    As a hand and upper extremity surgeon, Dr. Bauknight treats a variety of conditions that affect the hand, wrist and even the elbow and shoulder. Some of the most common conditions she treats are carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, osteoarthritis, and traumatic injuries to the hand and wrist, such as “avocado hand”, which happens when someone cuts the hand tendons while improperly removing an avocado pit with a knife – a problem that is actually on the rise due to the popularity of avocados.

    To make an appointment with Dr. Bauknight, please contact Shore Physicians Group’s Orthopaedic Division at 609-365-6280.

  7. Shore Physicians Group Endocrinology Division Moves to Somers Point

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    Shore Physicians Group’s Endocrinology Division has relocated from Northfield to its new standalone office at 18 West New York Avenue in Somers Point.

    The new location features ample and convenient patient parking and is next to Shore Outpatient Rehabilitation, which serves as the meeting site for the Diabetes Prevention Program. Shore Physicians Group Endocrinology providers include Drs. Vijay babu Balakrishnan MD, CCD and Matthew H. Corcoran, MD; Advanced Nurse Practitioner & Certified Diabetes Educator, Denyse Gallagher, APRN-BC, CDE; and Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator, Tiffany Rios, RD, CDE.

    The endocrinology team treats endocrine-related disorders including type 1 and type 2 diabetes; thyroid disorders; osteoporosis; adrenal disorders; diseases of the parathyroid; pituitary disorders; cholesterol disorders; medical management of weight loss; polycystic ovarian syndrome; testosterone deficiency and transgender care.

    Shore Physicians Group’s endocrinology team embraces the latest technology in endocrinology, including continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps for patients with diabetes, and comprehensive thyroid care.

    To schedule an appointment with an SPG endocrinology provider, please call 609-365-5300.

  8. Shore Physicians Group Welcomes Sports Medicine and Primary Care Specialist Steven M. Cetel, DO

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    Shore Physicians Group welcomes Steven M. Cetel, DO. Board certified in Sports Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Cetel brings his experience from the field of sports to the practice.

    Dr. Cetel worked as a physician with the National Basketball Association’s Delaware Blue Coats, and he worked with the University of Delaware football, lacrosse and men’s and women’s basketball teams. He also served as the physician at the Delaware Wrestling Alliance’s Beast of the East Tournament. Dr. Cetel and Shore Physicians Group Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Norman Johanson recently served as the attending physicians at the 2021 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

    A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Cetel completed his fellowship in Primary Care and Sports Medicine at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware.

    While Dr. Cetel has hands-on sports medicine and primary care experience, he is also experienced in diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound and pain relief injections under ultrasound, as well as fracture care, bone health and osteoporosis management.

    Dr. Cetel began seeing patients on February 22 at Shore Physicians Group’s Mays Landing office located at 5401 Harding Highway. Beginning mid-April, he will see patients at Shore Physicians Group’s Northfield office located at 2605 Shore Road. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cetel, please call 609.365.6217.

  9. Shore Physicians Group Offers Life-Changing Diabetes Prevention Program

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    New Group Begins January 12, 2021

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugar is higher than normal, but not high enough for a type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The good news is prediabetes can be reversed with lifestyle changes like regular exercise, weight loss and improved nutrition. Shore Physicians Group is proud to offer a CDC-curated Diabetes Prevention Program at no cost, which meets regularly to help people at risk for type 2 diabetes delay or even prevent the disease by making the necessary lifestyle changes to stay healthy. The next group begins January 12, and those interested in the program should take the quiz to determine their eligibility. Once you have submitted your results, eligible participants will be contacted by Shore Physicians Group to enroll in the program.

    Participants will not only learn how to prevent Type 2 Diabetes, but build relationships and skills that will last a lifetime. Now in its second year at Shore Physicians Group, the Diabetes Prevention Program provides participants with the tools they need to be successful, including a digital scale, portion control tools, exercise support, meal planning guidelines and more. The group beginning in January is led by Angela Insana, a trained lifestyle coach with Shore Physicians Group. Sessions are held at 5:30 p.m. for one hour each week for the first four months and then approximately once a month for the remainder of the year.

    Sessions will initially be held virtually via Zoom, but when COVID restrictions are lifted, the group will meet at Shore Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center in Somers Point, with access to exercise equipment.

    To take the quiz, click here. After you take the quiz, you will email your results to For more information, call 609-365-6200 ext. 2057.

  10. Shore Physicians Group Expands Orthopaedic Surgery Practice with Addition of Norman A. Johanson, MD, and Tara E. Chidsey, APN

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    Orthopaedic Surgeon Norman A. Johanson, MD, and Advanced Practice Nurse Tara E. Chidsey recently joined Tuan “Mickey” Bui, MD, at Shore Physicians Group’s Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Division, located at 649 Shore Road, Suite O, in Somers Point.

    The trio worked together closely at Hahnemann University Hospital and are thrilled to be reunited to provide orthopaedic care to the Jersey shore region. Their combined experience in joint pain, sports injuries and orthopedic pain relief will help expand opportunities for patients to receive the care they need.

    A graduate of Columbia University and Cornell Medical School, Dr. Johanson is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery. Aside from being a highly regarded surgeon and a Philadelphia Magazine Top Doc every year since 1990, Dr. Johanson is also a top educator in the field of orthopaedics and has served as an assistant professor of surgery at Cornell, professor of orthopedic surgery at Temple School of Medicine and chairman of Drexel University College of Medicine. Likewise, he has vast experience that stretches from Hahnemann to Temple to Bronx Veterans Administration Medical, Shriners Hospital for Children, and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.

    Advanced Practice Nurse Tara Chidsey worked closely with Dr. Johanson and Dr. Bui at Hahnemann as their surgical scrub nurse.

    To schedule an appointment with one of the orthopaedic providers, call 609-365-6280.