Physician Profile

Laleh Melstrom, MD
Surgical Oncologist

A key component of a multidisciplinary team to any gastrointestinal oncology program is the surgical oncologist.  

I began to pursue this aim as a general surgical resident at Northwestern University in Chicago, where I also spent two years in a pancreatic cancer lab investigating novel therapeutics and mouse models to gain a better understanding of this challenging disease.  After residency I completed a two year surgical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center with a focus on minimally invasive techniques to treat various gastrointestinal malignancies. 

I came to The Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 2012.  As a member of the Gastrointestinal Hepatobiliary Oncology Program and the Liver Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer Program at CINJ, I work with experts from across multiple disciplines in order provide comprehensive care to patients under one roof.  Also having a background in clinical investigation, I collaborate with my colleagues on clinical trials that better define how patients will respond to certain therapeutics and how these approaches may impact long term survival.  As clinicians, we are at the forefront of these disease processes and we should be providing the bridge between the patients and these newer therapies.

I am the author or co-author of more than 20 publications in oncology with a specific interest in pancreatic cancer.  I am a member of several professional groups that focus on gastrointestinal oncology.

Clinical Expertise 

Tumors of the pancreas, liver, stomach, small bowel and colon

Contact Information  

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