Head and Neck, Brain and Spine Tumor Program

Dr. Danish in the operating roomThe Cancer Institute of New Jersey offers a multidisciplinary program for adults and children involving the treatment for primary head and neck, 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, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists who review cases in a formatted multidisciplinary approach.

Neuro-oncology teamPatients receive a personalized, comprehensive approach to care and are evaluated for multimodality treatments including participation in clinical trials.
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 and Neuro-oncologist
Shabbar Danish, MD, Chief, Neurosurgical Oncology and Neurosurgeon
Alan Cohler, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Sharad Goyal, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Simon Hanft, MD, Neurosurgeon
Atif Khan, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Tina Mayer, MD, Medical Oncologist
Sabin Motwani, MD, Radiation Oncologist 
Wilbur Pan, MD, PhD, Pediatric Oncologist 
Kianoush Sheykholeslami, MD, PhD, FACS, Director of Head and Neck Surgery and Otolarynologist
Rachana Tyagi, MD, Pediatric Neurosurgeon
Sue Schwartz, MSN, APN, OCN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Catherine Furnbach, RN, Staff Nurse
Doris Pindilli, MS, APRN, BC, AOCNP, Advanced Practice Nurse
Brenda Bly, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Social Worker
Venkat Narra, PhD, Physicist
Sue Resavy, Radiation Therapist

Meet Members of our Team