Joining the faculty at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is in many ways like returning 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, most recently at the University of Kansas, I am honored to join the team at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to lead the Neuro-Oncology program.
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.