with offices in Liberty Corner, Morristown and Ohio, on Tuesday issued a statement as physicians and staff at the practice mourn the loss of co-founder and head surgeon, Dr. Emil Bisaccia.
Bisaccia, who lived in Basking Ridge, died on Saturday in a single-engine plane crash in Ohio.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic and untimely passing of Emil Bisaccia,” said longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Dwight Scarborough. “This tragedy is a profound loss to his colleagues, patients and the Affiliated Dermatology staff, and he will be greatly missed.”
The center said Bisaccia, who was alone while piloting a single-engine plane en route to Columbus, Ohio, was widely regarded as one of New Jersey’s preeminent dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons.
Bisaccia was a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon who primarily saw patients at the Morristown center, according to Affiliated Dermatology's website.
However, Affiliated Dermatology also has an office at 14 Church St. in the Liberty Corner section of Basking Ridge, where framed magazine covers identified Bisaccia as one of the top physicians selected by New Jersey Monthly Magazine and New Jersey Savvy Living. The website also said Affiliated Dermatology has a center in Dublin, Ohio, near Columbus.
The co-founder of Affiliated Dermatology, Bisaccia was board certified in dermatology and licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and Ohio, the statement said. He was very active in clinical research in his field and a prolific author of academic papers, books, peer review journal articles and conference papers on the subjects of dermatology and cosmetic surgery, according to information from Affiliated Dermatology.
The Basking Ridge resident is survived by his wife, Teresa, and two sons, Adam and Devon, the statement said. Plans for his funeral have not yet been announced, the statement said. However, on Monday, it was confirmed that in Basking Ridge as of Tuesday evening.
Bisaccia graduated the Medical College of Ohio and earned a bachelor's degree cum laude, from Ohio State University, the statement said.
"Dr. Bisaccia was honored by the American College of Physicians and Columbia University Medical Center and was consistently recognized among New Jersey’s Top Docs, The Best Doctors in America, Strathmore’s Who’s Who Among America’s Cosmetic Doctors, America’s Top Physicians and Best Docs," the statement said.
A diplomat of the American Board of Dermatology, the physician also was a fellow in the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Mohs Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and American College of Physicians. He also served as a professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, as well as an associate clinical professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. In addition to serving as chief surgeon at Affiliated Dermatology, he was associated with Morristown Medical Center as well as Somerset Medical Center, the statement said.
Among his most notable accomplishments was "The Columbia Manual of Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery," a major medical textbook which he co-authored with Dr. Scarborough, the statement said.
Dr. Omar Torres has assumed Bisaccia’s patient responsibilities and will now serve as the center’s head surgeon, according to Tuesday's statement from Affiliated Dermatology. Torres has been a surgeon at Affiliated Dermatology since 2003, and prior to Bisaccia’s death, he had been selected as his successor upon his retirement.