Physician Profile

David August, MD
Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology
Co-Director, Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Oncology Program

Since coming to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 1994, I have helped thousands of cancer patients navigate their surgical treatment options.  But sometimes cancer is best treated when a combination of therapies are used.  While surgery may be part of the process, our team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and other specialists -- all under one roof -- in order to provide patients with a comprehensive evaluation.

Since my training as a resident at Yale and as a fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, I have had a strong interest in cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, colorectum, and retroperitoneum.  I have also pursued clinical and research interests in nutrition and cancer prevention, and the treatment of advanced esophageal and pancreatic cancers.  Some of my long-standing research has focused on the use of food-based agents to prevent cancer, and on the use of vaccine therapies for pancreas cancer.  I have particular experience and expertise in surgery for esophageal cancer (we often use a less invasive transhiatal approach), Whipple procedures and other surgeries for pancreas cancer, and rectal cancer.  I also work closely with a team of genetic counselors to evaluate and advise patients with a strong personal risk of gastrointestinal tract cancers because of a family or personal history.

I am the author or co-author of more than 90 publications.  I am a Past President of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition and serve on the editorial board and peer review groups of many professional journals.

Clinical Expertise 

Gastrointestinal malignancies: including esophageal, gastric, pancreatic and colorectal cancers

  • Best Doctor, New Jersey, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2000-2012
  • Best Doctor, New York Metropolitan Area, New York Magazine, 1999-2012
  • Honorary Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Inaugural Fellow, American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, 2012
Contact Information  

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