Gynecologic Oncology Program

Fannie E. Rippel Center for Women's Reproductive Cancers/Gynecologic Oncology Program

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Gynecologic Oncology Team
The dedicated doctors, nurses and researchers of the Gynecologic Oncology Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey take a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of and research of cancers of the female reproductive system. This approach is based on an innovative, continuity of care model under which the oncologist who guides the patient through the diagnostic process also performs surgery, directs the patient's chemotherapy treatments if any are needed, and stays with the patient through the entire course of her disease. This allows the gynecologic oncologists to better understand each individual patient's disease. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is one of just a few cancer centers nationwide to approach treatment in this manner.

Patients treated at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have access to the latest clinical trials and treatment options available in gynecologic oncology. New treatment clinical trials for advanced ovarian cancer are available at Rutgers Cancer Institute including Gynecologic Oncology Group clinical trials, as well as pharmaceutical sponsored studies of new drugs. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is currently conducting several clinical trials specific to ovarian cancers.  In addition, researchers within the Program are studying ways to prevent gynecologic cancers.

Services offered by the Gynecologic Oncology Program include surgical treatment, chemotherapy, radiation oncology, psychosocial services, genetic testing and counseling, and educational programs.

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Useful Links From The Resource and Learning Center:

Staff of this Program:

Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Chief, Gynecologic Oncology
Alexandre Buckley de Meritens, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist
Ronald D. Ennis, MD, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Director, Clinical Network for Radiation Oncology
Eugenia Girda, MD, FACOG, Gynecologic Oncologist
Linda J. Hipps, MD, FACOG, Gynecologist
Lara Hathout, MD, FRCPC, Radiation Oncologist
Aliza Leiser, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist
Mihae Song, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist
Ruth D. Stephenson, DO, FACOG, Gynecologic Oncologist
Andrea Conaway, PA-C, Physician Assistant
Khooshbu Patel, BA, MSN, FNP-C, Advanced Practice Nurse
Tareai Smith, MSN, APN-C, OCN, Advanced Practice Nurse
Edite Valentim, RN, MSN, Nurse Navigator
Rosemarie Slirzewski, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker



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