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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.

Dr Alexander G Salerno

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.

Dr Lama Chaddad

Lama Chaddad

Clinical Research Director · MD · MPH

Dr. Lama Chaddad, MD, MPH, Clinical Research Director, earned her MD diploma with honors from the Russian National Research Medical University in 1992. A pediatrician, Dr. Chaddad graduated from Moscow Medical University, Russia, in 1996.

Dr Yaldar Taher

Yaldar Taher


Dr. Yaldar Taher, MD, APN, DPT, completed his medical school education and residency in sports medicine at the Russian National Research Medical University in Moscow, Russia.


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 women’s health, adolescent medicine and sports medicine. A graduate of Vassar College, she did her residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Family Medicine and also received her …

Diana Larrea


Diana Larrea, D.O. joined Salerno Medical Associates in 2016. Her focus is on osteopathic medicine. A graduate of Rutgers University-Douglass College, she received her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and did her residency at …