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Physician Profile

Michael E. Salacz, MD
Director, Neuro-Oncology Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology - Neuro-Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

As a New Jersey native, serving as the Director for the Neuro-Oncology Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey feels like home. I grew up in Holmdel, New Jersey and after graduating from Holmdel High School, I pursued my undergraduate studies at Cornell University, followed by service in the United States Navy through the first Gulf War conflict. During that time, I recognized my interest in helping others and decided to pursue a career in medicine.

After graduating from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, I completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati followed by fellowships in medical oncology, palliative medicine and hematology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. With a passion for the care of patients with brain and spinal cord tumors, after two years of general practice in Kansas City, I left to pursue further fellowship training in neuro-oncology at Duke University in North Carolina, before returning to Kansas City. After 15 1/2 years of practice in the Kansas City area , I returned to New Jersey and joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute in 2021 to lead the Neuro-Oncology Program.

Clinical Expertise

I am one of the very few physicians in the nation who has earned fellowship training and board certification in neuro-oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine. I am a member of the Society of Neuro-Oncology and have published a variety of articles in peer reviewed journals focusing on topics such as treatment options in glioblastoma, brain tumor clinical trials and on palliative medicine topics. I have also pursued additional training in alternative and holistic medicine approaches to brain cancer as well; my entire career and practice focus is on the care of the whole patient fighting brain or spinal cord cancer as well as support of the family throughout the treatment journey.

Contact Information

To schedule a new patient appointment call 844-CANCERNJ (844-226-2376)
To schedule a follow-up appointment call 732-235-7615
For all other inquiries call 732-235-2465.