Chai Lifeline Names Drs. Scott Moerdler and Joe Oved as New Co-Medical Directors of Camp Simcha

Following a nationwide search of leading physicians, Chai Lifeline, the leading children’s health support network, is pleased to announce the appointment of Drs. Scott Moerdler and Joe Oved as the new Co-Medical Directors of Camp Simcha, Chai Lifeline’s world-renowned summer program for children with cancer and other blood disorders.

“Drs. Moerdler and Oved are both highly qualified and experienced pediatric oncologists who share a commitment to the mission of Chai Lifeline,” said Rabbi Simcha Scholar, CEO of Chai Lifeline. “We are confident that under their leadership, Camp Simcha will continue to provide the highest level of medical care and support to our campers and look forward to the positive impact they will have on our children and families.”

Drs. Moerdler and Oved are no strangers to Camp Simcha, having both previously served as members of Camp Simcha’s medical team. Dr. Moerdler, of Riverdale, NY, serves as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and is a former Camp Simcha counselor, division head, and assistant head counselor. Dr. Oved, of Allenhurst, NJ, serves as a pediatric hematologist-oncologist and bone marrow transplanter at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Drs. Moerdler and Oved succeed Drs. Peter and Laurel Steinherz, who have led Camp Simcha’s medical program since its inception.

“We express our sincerest appreciation and hakaras hatov to the Steinherzes, the founding medical directors of Camp Simcha, for their decades of leadership and dedication to our children,” said Rabbi Scholar.

Camp Simcha has been providing life-changing experiences to children and teens with serious illnesses and their families for over 30 years. The program offers a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for children to be children while receiving top-notch medical care and support. To learn more or to make a donation, visit

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