‘Tops in Women’s Health’ Nod for some Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Doctors

2017 listing announced by ‘Inside Jersey’ magazine
February 23, 2017

New Brunswick, N.J. – Several physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have earned recognition as a ‘Top Doctor for Women’s Health’ by Inside Jersey magazine. 

Inside Jersey recently released its list of the state’s top physicians devoted to women’s healthcare. Under the direction of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which publishes America’s Top Doctors, peer nominations are reviewed and assessed by a physician-led research team.  Attributes considered include board certification, medical education, training, hospital appointments, years in practice and professional achievements. Thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals from across the state were asked to take part in the nomination process, resulting in the selection of 272 doctors for this year’s honor.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death for women in the U.S. With that, it is imperative that women have access to a broad range of experts in the oncology field.  At Rutgers Cancer Institute, part of our mission is to provide patients with a personalized treatment plan developed by sub-specialists utilizing the most advanced treatments and technologies. We are grateful that our colleagues statewide recognize our commitment in providing such care,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute Director Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, who is also senior vice president of cancer services at RWJBarnabas Health.

Rutgers Cancer Institute physicians, who are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, named to this year’s list are:

  • Joel K. Braver, MD, Medical Director, radiation oncology RWJ-Somerset, radiation oncologist; specialty: prostate, breast and lung cancers
  • Bruce G. Haffty, MD, Chair, Radiation Oncology; specialty: breast cancer
  • Thomas J. Kearney, MD, FACS, Associate Chief of Surgical Oncology and Director, Breast Care Services; specialty: breast cancer
  • Michael G. McKenna, MD, radiation oncologist; RWJ-Hamilton; specialty: prostate IMRT, breast cancer, and head and neck cancers
  • Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Director, Precision Medicine; specialty: gynecologic cancers
  • Deborah L. Toppmeyer, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and LIFE Center; specialty: breast cancer

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


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