I am thrilled to be a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as the Associate Director for Clinical Services; System Director of Medical Oncology and Oncology Lead for the Combined Medical Group with RWJBarnabas Health (RWJBH); and Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Innovation and Data Analytics, within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). Rutgers Cancer Institute is unique in that it is New Jersey’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our mission is to deliver integrated cancer care across the health system with access to academic expertise and innovative cancer therapies not available elsewhere in the state.
I completed a prior fellowship in hematology/oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center in Chicago, Illinois, where I also remained as a faculty member altogether for 10 years. Most recently, I served as the director of the Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, chief of their division of hematology/oncology, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
My clinical expertise and research interests are concentrated in the field of lymphoid malignancies (i.e., Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma). Over the past 20 years, I have been the principal investigator of more than 80 national and international cancer clinical trials that have included phase I, II, and III studies, many which have been “investigator-initiated” trials studying new and novel targeted agents. Collectively, my research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NCI since 2005. This has resulted in 300+ research abstracts at national and international cancer research symposiums, 180+ manuscripts in peer-reviewed publications, and 30+ book chapters all with an emphasis on biology, prognosis, treatment, and health outcomes.
Nationally, I am a core member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the NIH/NCI Steering Committee, and an ad hoc member of additional clinical and scientific committees for the NIH, NCI, Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I was an associate editor for the British Journal of Haematology for 8 years, and currently serve as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the gold open access journal, eJHaem. I am Vice-Chair of the Lymphoma Committee for the ECOG-ACRIN cancer research group; a member of the Board of Trustees for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) New Jersey Chapter; and a re-elected member to the North American Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation. Finally, I help lead a multitude of regional, national, and international educational forums and events.
Rutgers Cancer Institute has a rich history of conducting innovative and groundbreaking cancer research and offers, together with RWJBH and RBHS, unparalleled knowledge, clinical care, and extensive resources for cancer patients and their families all close to home. I am honored to be a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute and a leader of the RWJBH oncology service line working alongside the multitude of outstanding cancer providers providing compassionate, comprehensive, and expert care throughout the state of New Jersey.
Hodgkin lymphoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma (all types), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and autologous hematopoietic stem cell (or bone marrow) transplantation
- Jersey's Best, Top Doctors In Cancer Care (2021)
- Board of Trustees, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, New Jersey Chapter
- Jersey's Best, Top Doctors In Cancer Care (2020)
- New Jersey Top Doctor in Cancer Care (2019)
- Top Doctor, Boston Magazine (2017 and 2018)
- Advisory Panel to Vice President Joseph Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” initiative, Washington, DC
- Elected Member, Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
- Chan Soon-Shiong Endowed Scholar in Precision Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
- Teaching Attending of the Year, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Northwestern University
- Compassionate Care Award, The Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital