Foundation for The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Announces New Executive Director

January 27, 2010

New Brunswick, N.J. – The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) Foundation has named Elia M. Desruisseaux as its new Executive Director.  The Ridgewood resident -- who has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of philanthropy and communications -- was selected earlier this month to lead the non-profit 501C-3 organization.  CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Before coming to the CINJ Foundation, Desruisseaux most recently served as a fundraising consultant and counted the Cancer Support Community – recently formed to unite Gilda’s Clubs Worldwide and the Wellness Community – among her clients. She is credited with growing various giving programs at such well-known institutions as Lenox Hill Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center and New York University Medical Center, all in New York City, and played a role in the record-breaking success of numerous fundraising campaigns at these facilities.

Subha V. Barry, chair of the CINJ Foundation Board of Trustees notes Desruisseaux’s understanding of the medical community has led to the building of strong donor relationships, many of which have resulted in multi-million dollar gifts. “Her knowledge and strength in these areas will help the CINJ Foundation reach new heights, so that CINJ’s physician-scientists can advance their research and continue to develop tomorrow’s cutting-edge cancer treatments,” she said.

Desruisseaux succeeds John Goldner, who was serving in an interim capacity.  

The CINJ Foundation raises funds to support cancer research, treatment, prevention and education programs at CINJ.  Gifts are received from corporations, foundations, individuals, and through special events and planned gifts.  To make a tax-deductible gift to New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center call 732-235-8614 or visit .


About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, and is dedicated to improving the prevention, detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer. CINJ’s physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a center of excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. To support CINJ, please call the Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation at 1-888-333-CINJ.

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides a mechanism to rapidly disseminate important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Memorial Hospital, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital, and Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Affiliate Hospitals: Bayshore Community Hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, Cooper University Hospital*, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Raritan Bay Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton (CINJ at Hamilton), Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Somerset Medical Center, Southern Ocean County Hospital, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate



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