Meet the Doctors


 

Dr. Alpert

 
 
Mitchel B. Alpert, M.D., is the founder and director of Alpert ,Zales, and Castro Pediatric Cardiology having started the practice in 1987 and having presided under its growth to be the largest free standing five person Pediatric Cardiology practice in the state of New Jersey.

He graduated from college (Phi Beta Kappa) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and attended medical school at the Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey. He completed a Pediatric residency at the Rutgers University-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey and completed a Pediatric Cardiology fellowship at the New York University Medical Center.
 
Dr. Alpert is a Board Certified Pediatric Cardiologist having passed certification in 1991 and having recertified multiple times since then. He also participates in the ‘maintenance of certification process.' with the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Alpert has a special interest in acquired heart disease including sudden death during exercise from prolonged Q.T. syndrome, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and anomalous coronary arteries in addition to Kawasaki Disease, infective endocarditis, and rheumatic fever.

Dr. Alpert has been honored the last five years as a Top Doctor by his medical colleagues in both the NJ Monthly Magazine and Castle Connolly awards.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Dr. Zales

 
 
Dr. Zales has been practicing Pediatric Cardiology since 1987. He joined Dr. Alpert and his practice in 1998. He is married with four children and resides in Spring Lake. Dr. Zales is a graduate of Villanova University. He completed his general pediatric training and pediatric cardiology fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is board‑certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Zales was the Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Medical Director at the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program at the Northwestern University Medical School for ten years before returning to New Jersey. He was previously the Chairman of Pediatric Cardiology at the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.
 
Dr. Vincent Zales is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center. He has authored 40 important manuscripts in Pediatric Cardiology, and has made a number of presentations at National Pediatric Cardiology conferences. He teaches physical diagnosis to second-year medical students from Robert Wood Johnson in our office. Dr. Zales is a member of the Executive Board of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey where he also serves as Chairman of the Professional Advisory Committee. He was awarded with a Teacher of the Year Award from the Pediatric Residents at Jersey Shore Medical Center in 2012.

Dr. Zales has special interest and training in the care of infants and children with complex congenital heart disease. He in fact is the co-director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic with Dr. Dawn Calderon at the Jersey Shore Medical Center.

In his spare-time, he enjoys Villanova basketball, gardening, and golf.
 

Dr. Castro

 
 
Dr. Castro, a native of south Texas, joined our practice in October of 2001. Her cardiology training was completed at the Temple University/St. Christopher's Hospital for Children Program and at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. She is board-certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology.

Since joining our practice, Dr. Castro has actively pursued her special interest in pediatric echocardiography and fetal echocardiography by taking additional training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her close relationship with the physicians at that institution ensures excellent continuity of care for patients in our practice with complex congenital heart disease. Dr. Castro is also fluent in both English and Spanish. She has been a Top Doctor for the last 5 consecutive years for Castle Connolly.
 
 

Dr. Umali-Pamintuan

 
 
Dr. Umali-Pamintuan was born and raised in the Philippines. She studied medicine at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. She subsequently completed her Pediatric Residency Training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, NJ. Her interest in Pediatric Cardiology, was encouraged by her mentors, Drs. Alpert, Zales and Castro, with whom she spent time during her residency training. Dr. Umali-Pamintuan pursued her fellowship training in Pediatric Cardiology at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. She was trained in all aspects of General Pediatric Cardiology, including Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Fetal Echocardiography.
 
Dr. Umali-Pamintuan has now joined the practice she loves, effective September, 2009. Her duties will be divided between patient care in the office setting, and Pediatric Resident Education at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Dr. Umali-Pamintuan is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. She enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and family. Her outside interests also include music, photography, reading and movies.
 

Dr. Chin

 
 
Dr. Stephanie E. Chin was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, studied medicine at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine in Buffalo, NY, and completed her pediatric residency training at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland, OH. She remained for an additional year as chief resident, where she promoted resident advocacy and education. Her pediatric cardiology fellowship training was completed at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC, where she developed her skills in transthoracic and fetal echocardiography, as well as general pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease. She has experience in postoperative and cardiac intensive care unit management, cardiovascular genetics, and transplant care.
 
Dr. Chin enjoys spending time with her husband, her son and English bulldog Penny. She also enjoys traveling, playing violin and piano. Dr. Chin is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Chin is fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.