Deborah Toppmeyer, MD
- Chief Medical Officer
- Director, Breast Oncology Program
- Director, LIFE Center
- Chief, Medical Oncology
When a patient hears the words, “You have breast cancer,” they need to know that all breast cancer is not alike. We will, therefore, recommend a "personalized treatment plan" tailored to their particular disease to maximize the benefit. Since coming to Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 1995, I have helped countless patients navigate this journey through a comprehensive approach within our Breast Oncology Program -- because it truly does take a team approach to tackle this disease. Following a fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School, preceded by a residency at the University of Pittsburgh, my expertise has long been breast cancer and breast cancer genetics – including helping people understand their risk of developing breast cancer.
Through the years, I have also been involved in the design and implementation of clinical trials that offer promising new therapies targeted to specific types of breast cancer. With consultation from experts across multiple disciplines, I help educate patients about clinical trial options. With the unique relationship offered through a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, I have the opportunity to work collaboratively with scientific investigators -- helping to translate information from the patient bedside back to the laboratory. As a professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, I also enjoy teaching the next generation of oncologists and provide opportunities for students to learn cancer biology, cancer pharmacology, genetics and clinical care.
I am the author or co-author of more than 50 publications and serve on the editorial board of the journal Clinical Cancer Research, one of the nation’s premier cancer publications. As a core member for the Breast Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, which is one of the nation's largest clinical cancer research organizations that conducts clinical trials in all types of adult cancers, I help to develop and identify the next generation of treatment options for women and men with breast cancer.
October 26, 2023
I just love Dr.Toppmeyer! I have referred her to everyone I know who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
October 17, 2023
I have been seeing Dr Toppmeyer regularly for 13 years and would never consider going to anyone else, anywhere else. I appreciate being able to be part of my healthcare decisions for as long as I am able.
October 12, 2023
She is very attentive and caring.
September 25, 2023
September 6, 2023
*Dr. Toppmeyer always listens to my concerns and explains things so that I can understand. I can't say enough great things about her.
September 5, 2023
After my visit I always feel I received the best advice and care for any health concerns.
June 16, 2023
I always feel that my care is excellent.
June 8, 2023
I like Dr. TOPPMEYER. I feel she is caring and gives me best care I can receive. She is the only medical oncologist I want to provide my care. I trust her
May 27, 2023
Dr. Toppmeyer is always focused and concerned with your health and well being. She is patient and always willing to take the time to speak with you about any issues I might have. I never feel rushed or dismissed.
April 5, 2023
*Dr. Toppmeyer in the best. I've been seeing her for 7 years. I have nothing but good things to say.
March 31, 2023
Thorough, good listener, direct answers.
February 21, 2023
Always a good visit.
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Deborah Toppmeyer, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director of both the Breast Oncology Program and LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey discusses her philosophy of patient care. Watch here