“They lie and cheat…”
“The Orthodox are killing the town.”Comments such as these might be expected if posted anonymously on a hate linked message board. They are all the more shocking, given that they were proudly posted on Facebook by an individual who claims to hold a respectable position as Physician Adviser at RWJ Barnabas Health, a major New Jersey healthcare network that operates over 170 medical related facilities, including hospitals such as Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus in Lakewood, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in East Brunswick.
The author of these comments is Dr. Frank Machiaverna, a Toms River resident. His LinkedIn profile lists his current occupation as a “Physician Advisor at Barnabas Health.” Public records suggest that Frank is a trained surgeon who had to surrender his license to practice medicine in 2011 due to allegedly filling fraudulent prescriptions to support his substance abuse problem. Apparently he has his license back and practicing again, and an online check shows him listed as doing surgeries at both Community Medical Center in Toms River and Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, while spewing his hatred. Frank is also listed online as a Lakewood Surgeon, which is generated much concern in Lakewood.
Concerned residents from Lakewood and Toms River have reached out to TLS, wondering how an individual who openly promotes hate and innuendo against the region’s Orthodox residents could possibly hold such as sensitive position. “Hate is unacceptable in any profession,” notes one resident, “but the notion of a healthcare professional – whose work affects vulnerable men, women and children of all ethnicities – spewing hate is especially frightening.”
TLS will update with a response from RWJ Barnabas when available.
UPDATE: It appears Machiaverna has now deleted his posts. Here they are: