Brain and Spine Tumors Program

Dr. Danish in the operating roomRutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey offers a multidisciplinary Brain and Spine Tumors Program for adults and children. The Program specializes in the treatment of primary head and neck cancers, brain and spine tumors such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell cancer, glomus tumor, paragangliomas, acoustic neuromas, salivary gland and mucosal tumors, astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, glioblastomas, and hemangioblastomas, and metastatic tumors that may have arisen from elsewhere in the body such as the breast, lung, or prostate. The team of highly specialized experts consists of neurosurgeons, neuro-oncologists, otolaryngologists, head and neck surgeons, radiation oncologists, neuropsychologists, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists who review cases in a formatted multidisciplinary approach.

Neuro-oncology teamPatients receive a personalized, comprehensive approach to care for their benign and malignant brain tumors and are evaluated for multimodality treatments such as chemotherapy, minimally invasive surgical options, and radiation therapy including proton therapy and gamma knife.

Physicians and scientists work closely together to continually improve the ways in which we diagnose and treat head and neck, brain and spine tumors, and offer our patients access to innovative techniques, new drugs, and clinical trials of the most-advanced treatment approaches. Physicians are actively involved in developing these innovative approaches and also participate in national collaborative group clinical trials.

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Staff of this Program:

Robert D. Aiken, MD, Director, Neuro-oncology
Shabbar Danish, MD, Chief, Neurosurgical Oncology
Rebecca Burke, MD, Palliative Care Specialist
Alan Cohler, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Simon Hanft, MD, Director, Minimally Invasive Brain Tumor Surgery, Surgical Director, Pituitary Tumor Program
Jasdeep S. Hundal, Psy.D., ABPP-Cn, Director of Neuropsychology
Wilbur Pan, MD, PhD, Pediatric Oncologist 
Rahul R. Parikh, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Kianoush Sheykholeslami, MD, PhD, FACS, Director of Head and Neck Surgery and Otolarynologist
Joseph P. Weiner, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Khaleedah Campbell, BSN, RN, OCN, Nurse Clinician
Cathy Cruz, MSN, APN-C, Advanced Practice Nurse
Tiffany Eben, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Catherine Furnbach, RN, Staff Nurse
Rebecca LaMarca, MSN, APN-BC, RNFA, Advanced Practice Nurse
Sue Schwartz, MSN, RN, APN, AOCNP, Advanced Practice Nurse
Brenda Bly, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Social Worker
Venkat Narra, PhD, Physicist
Sue Resavy, Radiation Therapist

Dr. Shabbar Danish discusses the new Leksell Gamma Knife Icon, the most precise stereotactic radiosurgery system (SRS) currently available to patients diagnosed with primary and secondary brain tumors, vascular disorders, refractory pain, and movement disorders. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, in conjunction with Rutgers Cancer Institute, is the first hospital in New Jersey to offer this latest
Gamma Knife Icon technology. View the video



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