Gastrointestinal Oncology Program

GI Team
The Gastrointestinal Oncology Program is a multidisciplinary clinical and scientific program that provides comprehensive services to patients with pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions involving the esophagus, stomach, small intestines, colon, rectum, pancreas, retroperitoneum, and other intra-abdominal organs. The program emphasizes the comprehensive evaluation of patients with a close collaboration of multiple specialists including surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, pharmacists and social workers.

GI team consultThe Gastrointestinal (GI) Group meets on a weekly basis to address clinical and research issues relating to all types of GI malignancies. The team discusses treatment and patient care issues to assure that the full spectrum of cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up options are appropriately considered for every patient. The program integrates a spectrum of clinical, basic, and translational research activities, assuring close collaboration between basic scientists and clinicians for the rapid translation of research discoveries to clinical care and to enlist the assistance of basic researchers in solving clinical problems.

The clinical arm of the program provides interdisciplinary diagnostic and treatment options that include prevention in high risk populations, early diagnosis, therapeutic evaluations, multi-disciplinary management of patients with cancer and pre-cancerous conditions, and treatment of advanced disease. The program strives to make new prevention, diagnostic, and treatment approaches available to patients through clinical trials.

Clinical Trials:

Useful Links from the Resource and Learning Center:

Staff of this Program:

Howard S. Hochster, MD. FACP, Associate Director for Clinical Research
and Director, GI Oncology

H. Richard Alexander, Jr., MD, Chief Surgical Officer and Chief of Surgical Oncology
David A. August, MD, Associate Director for Faculty Affairs and Surgical Oncologist
Darren R. Carpizo, MD, PhD, Director Hepatobiliary Program and Surgical Oncologist
Rebecca Burke, MD, Palliative Care Specialist
Miral Sadaria Grandhi, MD, Surgical Oncologist
Lara Hathout MD, FRCPC, Radiation Oncologist
Jasdeep S. Hundal, PsyD, ABPP-Cn, Director of Neuropsychology
Salma Jabbour, MD, Radiation Oncologist
Timothy J. Kennedy, MD, MBA, Surgical Oncologist
Russell C. Langan, MD, Surgical Oncologist
Usha Malhotra, MD, Medical Oncologist
Elizabeth Poplin, MD, Co-Director, Gastrointestinal / Hepatobiliary Program and Medical Oncologist
Kristen Spencer, DO, MPH, Medical Oncologist

Carmela Hoefling, RN, MSN, AP-C, AOCNP, Advanced Practice Nurse
Joyce Plaza, RN, BSN, OCN, Staff Nurse
Brenda Bly, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Social Worker




precision medicine at Rutgers Cancer Institute







Donate Now








Proud member of
Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium



Rutgers Health