Chief Medical Officer at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey Honored by National Group Devoted to Advocacy for Women

Montgomery Township Resident Recognized as one of 30 'Outstanding Women' Making a Difference
March 5, 2012

New Brunswick, N.J.
– The chief medical officer at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) has been named as one of this year's 30 'Outstanding Women' by the National Council for Research on Women. Deborah L. Toppmeyer, MD, a medical oncologist at CINJ who heads a very active breast cancer clinic and conducts clinical research, was selected for her commitment to issues critical to advancing women and women's health. Her achievements will be celebrated at a special event in New York on March 6. CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Dr. Toppmeyer, an associate professor of medicine at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, came to CINJ 17 years ago from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School. The Montgomery Township (Somerset County) resident is an expert in breast cancer, breast cancer genetics and the design and implementation of clinical trials that offer promising new therapies targeted to specific types of breast cancer. Through her role as director of CINJ's Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and of the LIFE (LPGA pros In the Fight to Eradicate breast cancer) Center, Toppmeyer helps patients navigate through treatment options while encouraging enrollment in clinical trials. She also is chief of solid tumor oncology at CINJ.

"While making a difference in the lives of her patients through her compassionate care, Dr. Toppmeyer also dedicates herself to advancing cancer clinical research, which undoubtedly is bringing us closer to finding a cure," noted Subha V. Barry, chair of the CINJ Foundation Board of Trustees, who is also a board member of the National Council for Research on Women. "Her amazing contributions to the field of breast oncology continually help raise the bar on both treatment and research standards, ultimately resulting in a positive impact on the health of women worldwide."

Toppmeyer will be recognized along with other women who are considered to be making a difference in the lives of other females. Others being honored include news anchor Soledad O’Brien and professor of social policy, law and women’s studies Anita Hill.

About The Cancer Institute of New Jersey
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey ( is the state’s first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated to improving the detection, treatment and care of patients with cancer, and serving as an education resource for cancer prevention. CINJ's physician-scientists engage in translational research, transforming their laboratory discoveries into clinical practice, quite literally bringing research to life. To make a tax-deductible gift to support CINJ, call 732-235-8614 or visit CINJ is a Center of Excellence of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Follow us on Facebook at

The CINJ 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). Major Clinical Research Affiliate Hospitals: Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Medical Center, and Cooper University Hospital. Affiliate Hospitals: CentraState Healthcare System, JFK Medical Center, Mountainside Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton), Somerset Medical Center, The University Hospital/UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School*, and University Medical Center at Princeton. *Academic Affiliate

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