I came to the Cancer Institute of New Jersey in 2000 after I moved from Rochester, New York where I had practiced as a Gynecologic Oncologist at The University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital for four years. Prior to moving to Rochester, I was an attending for a year at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, also known as Downstate Medical Center after I had completed my fellowship training there. While initially an economics major, I pursued a path to medicine which had always been my first love, after I backpacked through Europe and realized that medicine is what I had always truly wanted to do. I completed my residency in obstetrics/gynecology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. For me pursuing a fellowship in gynecologic oncology was a personal one. While an intern my Aunt was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and despite the efforts of her physicians she lost her battle less than a year later. It was at that time that I made the decision that I would do whatever I could to make sure that no other woman had to endure what my Aunt did. I pursued and was awarded board certification in palliative care and hospice medicine in 2010 as I realized it would enable me to provide better care for my patients.
While I am part of a collaborative team that provides cutting-edge treatment options for gynecologic cancers, including minimally-invasive robotic surgery, part of my passion lies in developing new therapies for both treatment and prevention of gynecologic malignancies. Some of my recent research has focused on the development of new drugs or drug combinations for women with gynecologic cancers.
I am the author or co-author of more than 15 publications. I am a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Cancer Support Community of Central New Jersey I (committee/board for any national oncology groups), the Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Cervical and Ovarian Cancer Workgroup of the New Jersey Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan of the Department of Health and Senior Services, Office of Cancer Control and Prevention (OCCP) and a member of the Medical Advisory Sub-Committee New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services New Jersey Cancer Education and Early Detection Program (NJ CEED) and a member of the Palliative Care Taskforce of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.
New therapeutics in ovarian, cervical and endometrial cancers; fertility issues in cancer survivors, palliative care and hospice medicine
Top Doctor, New Jersey Monthly Magazine, 2010, 2011 and 2012
Patient’s Choice Recognition Award, One of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, Vitals.com and Health.com, 2011
New Jersey: Most Recommended Physicians – as Chosen by Their Peers and Point Ranking, National Consumers Survey, 2010
Patient’s Choice Recognition Award, Vitals.com and Health.com, 2009 and 2010
- Award of Hope for Leadership in Patient Care, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 2009
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