About Salerno Medical Associates

About Salerno Medical Associates – in the beginning

Salerno Medical Associates is a family-run, second-generation practice that has served East Orange and Newark, New Jersey, for over 50 years (over 100 years collectively). The practice was established by a team of husband and wife physicians, Dr. Alphonse Salerno, previous President of the prestigious American Academy of Surgeons, and Dr. Svetlana Salerno, one of the first female physicians in the Newark, NJ area.

About Salerno Medical Associates

Today, the practice continues to serve the community under the leadership of their son, Dr. Alexander G Salerno, a leading primary care physician/internist. With a master’s in healthcare administration, Dr. Salerno leads the practice with steadfast dedication to providing quality and personal service to each patient. A former captain in the United States Air Force Medical Reserve, he is a respected public figure in the healthcare community as well as in the larger community spheres of business and philanthropy.

The practice’s dedication to population health and chronic disease state management as well as community-based programs such as Salerno Medical Associates’ Urban Healthcare Initiative Program (UHIP), Senior Health Outreach Program (SHOP), and the soon-to-be-launched Northeast Research Institute (NRI), has resulted in a high level of respect and trust with patients.

Salerno Medical Associates

aims to continually deliver the highest quality medical care and services to each patient. This has been evidenced by the fact that, in October 2014, United Healthcare recognized Salerno Medical Associates in a full-page Star-Ledger article as a top healthcare metrics provider for delivering consistent, innovative, and pioneering healthcare outcomes. And as part of a Horizon-piloted, patient-centered medical home program, Salerno Medical Associates earned the designation of highest tier ranking as a result of providing and achieving stellar healthcare outcomes for services coordinated and delivered in an office setting.

AWARDS AND accreditations

Svetlana Salerno’s Practice has been recognized as one of the top Newark Family Medicine practices. Verified by Opencare.com

The Gold Standard in Imaging Accreditation. ACR accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in medical imaging. ACR accreditation helps assure our patients that we provide the highest level of image quality and safety.

Salerno Medical is accredited in Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). By participating in the accreditation process, this medical facility demonstrates a commitment to the performance of quality Echocardiography and strives to meet nationally recognized standards.

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Alphonse Salerno

Alphonse Salerno

DO · Founder

Dr. Alphonse Salerno, DO, one of the founders of Salerno Medical Associates, served the East Orange community of New Jersey for 59 years before retiring. Salerno was born in Newark, New Jersey, attended Barringer High School, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Seton Hall University.

Svetlana Salerno

MD  •  Founder

Dr. Svetlana Salerno, MD, one of the founders of Salerno Medical Associates, has been treating patients in the Newark and East Orange communities of New Jersey for over 45 years.

Alexander Salerno


A former military captain and graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine in the West Indies, Dr. Salerno, MD, MHA, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Skidmore College and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from Seton Hall University. …

Bela Laschiver


Bela Laschiver, APN-C, joined Salerno Medical Associates in 2006 and brings with her over 15 years of medical experience. Her ability to manage patient needs, physiological, psychological, and sociocultural, has made her an invaluable asset to the team.

Mary Ellen Roberts

Mary Ellen Roberts


Mary Ellen Roberts, DNP, APN, FAANP, FAAN, is a certified Adult and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Since 2011, she has been a Professor at Seton Hall School of Nursing, where she began teaching in the 90's.


Darlene Serrano

Clinical Operations Manager

Darlene Serrano, Clinical Operations Manager, has been with Salerno Medical Associates since 2001. She graduated from Fortis Institute in 1998 as a Certified Clinical Tech and continued her education at Eastwick College, where she obtained certification as a Diagnostic Cardiovascular Technician.


Aida Ramos


Aida Ramos, APN, BC, MSM, has been working at Salerno Medical Associates since 2009. She is a graduate of The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, specializing in Adult Health, where she was inducted into Sigma Theta Honor Society in 2009.


Dale Groninger

Community Outreach · Manager

Dale Groninger, Manager, Community Outreach, joined Salerno Medical Associates in 2009. Since then she has worked in almost every capacity for the practice and its community-based programs, CHOP and UHIP.

Elizabeth Evans


Elizabeth Evans, D.O. joined Salerno Medical Associates in 2016. Her focus is on Primary Care, Sports Medicine, Women’s Health and Adolescent Medicine. A graduate of Vassar College, she completed her residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine and graduated …

Diana Larrea


Diana Larrea, D.O. joined Salerno Medical Associates in 2016. Her focus is on osteopathic medicine which incorporates diagnosing  and treating a variety of conditions from headaches to musculoskeletal issues with a hands-on, holistic approach.  She also focuses on preventive medicine, …

Nilay Shah

Director of Neurologic Services

Born and raised in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, Dr. Shah earned his bachelors degree in Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology and Behavior and minor in Computer Science at Cornell University.  He then went on to complete his medical …