Liver Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer Program

Jabbour and CarpizoThe Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Liver Cancer and Bile Duct Cancer Program, also called the Hepatobiliary Oncology Program, is the state's only multidisciplinary healthcare group focused on liver and bile duct tumors. As the largest referral center in Central and Southern New Jersey for these cancers, the group treats patients with a wide range of liver and bile duct problems including primary liver cancers such as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) as well as metastatic liver cancers such as colorectal, gastric/esophageal, pancreatic, neuroendocrine, renal cell, breast and lung cancer. Our physicians also manage and treat a number of benign liver and bile duct issues that range from benign tumors and masses, to liver cysts and bile duct congenital abnormalities or traumatic injuries.

The Program's team of specialists provides each patient with a comprehensive evaluation by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and social workers. Program team members meet regularly to discuss and recommend the best treatment options for patients which may include participation in a clinical trial, many of which are only available at NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers like Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

With translational research established as an important part of the cancer center's mission, basic scientists regularly contribute their expertise assisting physicians with solving clinical problems. This integrated approach between clinicians and basic scientists allows the group to bring promising treatment options to the clinical setting at a rapid pace.

Information regarding potential treatment options can be found at:

Clinical Trials:

Useful Links from the Resource and Learning Center:

Staff of this Program:

Darren R. Carpizo, MD, PhD, Director, Hepatobiliary Program and Surgical Oncologist
H. Richard Alexander, Jr. MD, Chief Surgical Officer
Michael Censullo, MD, Interventional Radiologist
Miral Sadaria Grandhi, MD, Surgical Oncologist
Chris Gribbon, MD, Interventional Radiologist
Howard Hochster, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist
Jasdeep S. Hundal, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn, Director of Neuropsychology

Salma Jabbour, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Michael Kahaleh, MD, Gastroenterologist
Timothy Kennedy, MD, MBA, Surgical Oncologist
Russell C. Langan, MD, Surgical Oncologist
Hazar Michael, MD, Gastroenterologist
Isaam Mubarek, MD Interventional Radiologist
John Nosher, MD, Interventional Radiologist, and Chair, Radiology
Elizabeth Poplin, MD, Medical Oncologist
Avik Sarkar, MD, Gastroenterologist
Haroon Shahid, MD, Gastroenterologist
Kristen Spencer, DO, MPH, Medical Oncologist

Amy Tyberg, MD, Gastroenterologist
Amy Dahl, MSN, ANP-BC, Advanced Practice Nurse
Allison Ecker,MSN, NP-C, Advanced Practice Nurse
Carmela Hoefling, RN, MSN, AP-C, AOCNP, Advanced Practice Nurse
Lauren Librizzi, RN, Nurse Clinician
Joyce Plaza, RN, BSN, OCN, Staff Nurse
Brenda Bly, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Social Worker
Kristen Waldren, RD, CSO, Registered Dietician


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