Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Physicians Named Among ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctors’ in the State

‘New Jersey Monthly’ Magazine’s 2016 listing announced
October 31, 2016

Top DocsNew Brunswick, N.J. – A number of physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named as a ‘Jersey Choice Top Doctor’ by New Jersey Monthly magazine. 

An independent research firm was commissioned by the magazine to conduct the 2016 survey. Thousands of New Jersey-based doctors were asked to give physician recommendations, which resulted in more than 3,300 individual nominations. More than 1,000 physicians were named to the final list following a professional review by a panel of doctors.

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

  • David A. August, MD, Interim Chief of Surgical Oncology and Section Chief, Gastrointestinal Surgical Oncology; specialty: gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Shabbar Danish, MD, Chief, Neurosurgical Oncology; specialty: brain tumors, spine tumors, advanced neurosurgery
  • Richard Drachtman, MD, Interim Chief, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; specialty: pediatric cancers and blood disorders
  • Roger Strair, MD, PhD, Chief, Hematologic Malignancies/Blood and Marrow Transplantation; specialty: leukemia, lymphoma, blood and marrow transplants
  • Robert E. Weiss, MD, urologic oncologist; specialty: urologic cancers

“As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Rutgers Cancer Institute of Jersey is committed to delivering the most advanced, multidisciplinary patient care. Engaged in clinical and scientific research, our physician-scientists help develop, validate and tailor treatment options so that our patients can achieve positive outcomes. We are humbled that our peers recognize the expertise and dedication of our team,” says Rutgers Cancer Institute Interim Director Bruce G. Haffty, MD.

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