Our Providers are Members of:
- Infectious Diseases Society of America
- Infectious Diseases Society of New Jersey
- American Medical Association
- Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
- American Society for Microbiology
- American Association of Tissue Banking
- American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
- American College of Physicians
- American Osteopathic Association
- American College of Osteopathic Internists
- New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants
Our Hospital Affiliations Include:
- Saint Barnabas Medical Center
- Morristown Medical Center
- Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
- Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
- Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville
- Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover
We have been featured in:
- New Jersey Monthly (Top Docs for 6 years!)
- Castle Connolly
- Inside Jersey
- Millburn and Short Hills Magazine
- New York Magazine
Manal Youssef-Bessler, MD
Manal Youssef-Bessler, MD, the founder of the Infectious Disease Center of New Jersey, attended Cairo University Faculty of Medicine in Cairo, Egypt. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry- New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Bessler is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, Infectious Disease Society of New Jersey, American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Bessler has received several honors and awards including the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Physician Excellence in Healthcare award and Most Outstanding Subspecialist of the Year as well as patient choice awards in several consecutive years. In addition she has received nominations as a Top Infectious Diseases Doctor from Castle Connolly, NJ Monthly, Inside Jersey and New York Magazine for many consecutive years.
Dr. Bessler is affiliated with the Wound and Burn Healing Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Wound Healing Center at Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.
Her areas of interest include management of severe sepsis and septic shock, diagnosis and management of fever of unknown origin, pulmonary and intra-abdominal infections, diabetic wound infections and diabetic wounds management, tick born diseases, HIV care, Hepatitis B infection and Infection Control.
Janet Lin-Torre, MD
Janet Lin-Torre, M.D. attended Johns Hopkins University and NY Medical College. She completed an Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases fellowship, at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NY and is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Lin-Torre served as Chief of Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist at Muhlenberg Regional Medical Center.
She is currently an attending physician at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Associate Medical Director at Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and Hospital Epidemiologist at Summit Oaks Hospital. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. In addition, Dr. Lin-Torre is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a member of Alpha Omega Alpha, NJ Infectious Diseases Society, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, American Society for Microbiology and American Association of Tissue Banking.
Dr Lin-Torre serves on the Board of Health for Millburn, NJ and is a member of the Gender Disparities in ID Task Force for the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In addition, she is an alumni interviewer for Johns Hopkins University. Her professional interests include infection control, antibiotic monitoring and nosocomial infections.
Marjut Kokkola-Korpela, MD
Dr. Marjut Kokkola-Korpela is a native of Finland, where she finished her Medical School in the University of Kuopio. After moving to the United States, she completed her internal medicine training at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh,PA.
Dr. Kokkola-Korpela completed her infectious disease training at the combined program of the University of Chicago and University of Illinois in Chicago. Dr. Kokkola-Korpela received extended training in HIV and research at Seton Hall University Infectious Disease program rotating at St Michael's Medical Center, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and JFK Medical Center. Dr. Kokkola-Korpela is currently an attending physician at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, St Clare Hospital, and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center. Her professional areas of interest include wound care, tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, and women's health.
Michael Jerome, DO
Dr. Michael Jerome attended medical school at UMDNJ-SOM, and graduated in 2010. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, PA and Infectious disease fellowship at St. Michael's Medical Center in Newark, NJ. Dr Jerome is Board certified in both internal medicine and Infectious Disease by the American Osteopathic Association. His interests include HIV and STD medicine, Hepatitis C, and nosocomial infections.
Dr. Jerome grew up in uptown Manhattan, NYC and is now a New Jersey native. His hobbies and interests outside of medicine include being a pet parent to his dog Laila and international travel.
He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists and Infectious Disease Society of America.
Donna Heinzen MS, PA-C
Donna Heinzen MS, PA-C earned her Masters degree at the first Physicians Assistant program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ and Seton Hall University. She has been with the Infectious Disease Center of New Jersey since 2012. Prior to joining the IDCNJ, Donna practiced in a variety of settings, including Family Health and Urgent Care. Donna loves the variety of problems, challenges, and patients. Infectious disease is a field where boredom is never an issue.
She has been on medical missions in Honduras post Hurricane Mitch, and in Mississippi with Americorp post Hurricane Katrina. Donna Heinzen is also a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants and is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the Board of Health in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
She is married, has four children, and an incredibly cute little black and white dog named Oreo.
Jacqueline Stimmel, MHS, PA-C
Jacqueline Stimmel, MHS, PA-C attended Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Studies from the university honors program. She also completed her Masters of Health Science- Physician Assistant degree at Quinnipiac University, where she graduated at the top of her class and was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award presented to the student that excelled in both the didactic and clinical phases of post-graduate education.Jacqueline has also been inducted into Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants that recognizes PAs who exemplify leadership, research, service to the community, strength of character and significant academic achievement.
She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is also a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and has presented at the national AAPA conference.
Brittany Spiegel, NP-C
Brittany Spiegel, NP-C joined the Infectious Disease Center of New Jersey after spending 5 years as a Registered Nurse. She earned her undergraduate degree cum laude with Distinction from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2012 and her Master’s Degree from Felician University in 2016. Her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner means she is trained and certified in the care of individuals across the lifespan, infant through adult. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society of Nursing, since 2012. Before joining the Infectious Disease Center of New Jersey, Brittany worked at Saint Barnabas Medical Center as a nurse and coordinator with the renal transplant and dialysis-dependent population. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.