Physician Profile

Bruce G. Haffty, MD, MS
Chair, Radiation Oncology

I spent the majority of my professional career at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, where I did my medical school, internship and residency training in radiation oncology, followed by nearly 18 years where I developed my career specializing in breast cancer and head and neck cancers.

When the opportunity arose to come to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School to build the Department of Radiation Oncology here, I enthusiastically embraced the chance to build radiation oncology in a vibrant medical environment with tremendous opportunities in clinical care, research and education.

Since coming to the Cancer Institute in 2005, I have overseen the growth of our Radiation Oncology Program to offer numerous sub-specialties not generally offered in a community setting.  Our department has grown to a total of 11 physician faculty serving practices here at the Institute in New Brunswick, the Cancer Institute in Hamilton and University Hospital in Newark.  We have developed Divisions of Physics and Radiation Biology and have New Jersey’s only residency programs in radiation oncology and medical physics.  With a personal expertise in breast cancer, I work closely with colleagues across all disciplines in the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and other specialty centers at the Cancer Institute to educate patients about the treatment options available to them.

I have a special research interest in radiation therapies targeting breast cancer and have been awarded numerous research grants and conduct clinical and translational investigation allowing our team to translate these findings to apply directly to patient therapies.  Currently, our team of radiation oncologists, working closely with our surgeons and medical oncologists, are exploring more rapid ways of delivering radiation and investigating novel drugs which may enhance the effects of radiation in breast cancer and other cancers.

I have served in many leadership roles related to research and education in radiation oncology and have recently completed my term as President of the American Board of Radiology, the governing organization serving patients, the public, and the medical profession by certifying that its diplomates have acquired, demonstrated, and maintained a requisite standard of knowledge, skill, and understanding essential to the practice of diagnostic radiology, radiation oncology, and medical physics.  I was recently selected as president elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), which is the world’s largest radiation oncology society. I have served as a past president of the American Radium Society, past chairman of the Residency Review Committee in Radiation Oncology, and serve on the ASTRO Board of Directors and am involved in several panels and committees of the American College of Radiology, RSNA, and American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

I am the author or co-author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, 30 book chapters and editorials.  Additionally, I served as editor of the comprehensive book entitled Handbook of Radiation Oncology.  Having served on numerous editorial boards, I am presently an associate editor of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  

Clinical Expertise 

My clinical areas of expertise include breast cancer as well as head and neck cancer for which I am internationally recognized. I am particularly interested in investigating novel methods of delivering radiation and in the laboratory my interest lies in exploring novel molecular targets that may enhance the effects of radiation. 


Over the past 20 years, I have been consistently listed as one of the country’s leading physicians by Best Doctors in America, Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, America’s Top Doctors, Top Doctors for Cancer, and Top Doctors in New York and New Jersey.  Additional honors and awards include:

  • New York Roentgen Society Distinguished Radiation Oncologist, 2011
  • RSNA Annual Oration in Radiation Oncology, 2009
  • Norman H Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2009
  • Leadership in Patient Care Award, CINJ, 2008
Contact Information  

To schedule a new patient appointment call 732-235-8515.
For all other inquiries call 732-235-2465.