Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Physicians Named Among ‘Tops’ in State

2016 listing announced by ‘Inside Jersey’ magazine
September 23, 2016

Top DocsNew Brunswick, N.J. – More than a dozen physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named as a ‘Top Doctor’ by Inside Jersey magazine. 

Each year, Inside Jersey releases a list of the state’s top physicians in conjunction with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which publishes America’s Top Doctors. Based on peer nominations, attributes such as board certification, clinical skills, training, years in practice, achievements and other criteria are reviewed and assessed by a physician-directed research team.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey physicians on this year’s list are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and practice at the Cancer Institute’s Flagship Hospital Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  Those named to the 2016 list are:

  • Robert Aiken, MD, Director, Neuro-oncology Program; specialty: brain cancer, clinical trials, neurologic complications of cancer
  • Joseph Aisner, MD, Co-Director, Lung Cancer/Thoracic Oncology Program; specialty: lung cancer
  • David A. August, MD, Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology; specialty: gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Joel K. Braver, MD, medical director, radiation oncology RWJ Somerset, radiation oncologist; specialty: prostate, breast and lung cancers
  • Richard Drachtman, MD, Interim Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; specialty: pediatric cancers and blood disorders
  • James S. Goydos, MD, Director, Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Program; specialty: melanoma, skin cancer and sarcomas
  • Bruce G. Haffty, MD, Rutgers Cancer Institute Interim Director and Chair, Radiation Oncology; specialty: breast cancer
  • Howard L. Kaufman, MD, FACS, Surgical Oncologist; specialty: melanoma and immunotherapy
  • Thomas Kearney, MD, FACS, Director, Breast Care Services; specialty: breast cancer
  • Pauline Lerma, MD, medical oncologist; specialty: breast cancer and solid tumors
  • Margaret Masterson, MD, Medical Director, LITE Program; pediatric hematology and oncology
  • Michael G. McKenna, MD, radiation oncologist; specialty: prostate IMRT, breast cancer, and head and neck cancers
  • Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Director, Precision Medicine and Interim Chief, Gynecologic Oncology Program; specialty: gynecologic cancers
  • Roger Strair, MD, PhD, Chief, Hematologic Malignancies/Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation; specialty: leukemia and lymphoma
  • Deborah L. Toppmeyer, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center; specialty: breast cancer

Drs. Aisner, August, Drachtman, Goydos, Haffty, Lerma, Rodriguez, Strair and Toppmeyer have been named to the list for five consecutive years.

“In carrying out our mission as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute through the years has assembled an expert team of subspecialists to not only care for those with cancer but also conduct clinical and scientific research that is driving new discoveries and treatments for this disease.  And to have so many of our physicians consistently named to this list year after year shows the respect of others in our profession.  We are humbled by this recognition from our peers,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute Interim Director Bruce Haffty, MD, who is named to this year’s list.  

A full listing of ‘Top Doctors’ can be found at:  Full profiles of Rutgers Cancer Institute doctors named to the list can also be found at

About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. As part of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Cancer Institute is dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and to serving as an education resource for cancer prevention both at its flagship New Brunswick location and at its Newark campus at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital. Physician-scientists across Rutgers Cancer Institute also engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice that supports patients on both campuses. To make a tax-deductible gift to support the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, call 848-932-8013 or visit Follow us on Facebook at

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Network is comprised of hospitals throughout the state and provides the highest quality cancer care and rapid dissemination of important discoveries into the community. Flagship Hospital: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. System Partner: Meridian Health (Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Riverview Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center, and Bayshore Community Hospital). Affiliate Hospitals: JFK Medical Center, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.


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