I came to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 2007, having completed a fellowship at Columbia University New York Presbyterian Hospital, which was preceded by a residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. I received my B.A. and M.D. degrees at Columbia University
As a member of the Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary Program at the Cancer Institute, I work collaboratively with radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, interventional radiologists, nurses, social workers, nutritionists and other experts to help educate patients about their disease and help them navigate their treatment options. I also treat patients with cancers of unknown primary and work to find the best treatment for their individual tumors.
Some of these options could include clinical trials. While my clinical specialty is in stomach, colorectal, neuroendocrine (also called carcinoid), esophageal, liver and other related cancers, I have a research interest in investigational drugs and compounds that focus on these forms of cancer and other solid tumors. As part of the Phase I/Investigational Therapeutics Program, I help develop clinical trials that test the safety of new drugs against cancer or new combinations of drugs against cancer. We work with patients who do not have other treatment options available, and find treatment for them as part of these clinical trials. With time, these treatments are directly translating into new or enhanced patient therapies available at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
As a junior member of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Colorectal Cancer Task Force, I have had the opportunity to work with national leaders working to define the direction for future clinical trials, and I work on a national cooperative group trial for patients being treated for colon cancer after surgery.
I hope that all of these activities will lead to better treatments now and in the future for people living with gastrointestinal cancers.
Gastrointestinal malignancies (stomach, colorectal, esophageal, liver, neuroendocrine cancers), cancer of unknown primary
- Educational Grant, 9th Annual ECOG Young Investigator Symposium, 2009
- Educational Grant, International Society of Gastrointestinal Oncology, 2009
- Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation, 2007
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