Recent breakthroughs in cancer treatment offer tremendous hope in improving survivorship and quality of life. I view no patient case as routine, and individualized treatment plans (often incorporating immunotherapy and targeted therapies) are increasingly becoming standard practice. As a cancer physician, my mission is to empower you in selecting the best treatment approach, to provide expert cancer care for you, and to be your advocate.
My expertise is focused on the care of patients with thoracic cancer (including cancers of the lung and thymus, as well as mesothelioma) and head & neck cancers (including cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, sinuses, salivary gland, thyroid and certain skin cancers). Cancer treatment is complex and often requires close collaboration with multiple physician specialists and other healthcare professionals to provide optimal outcomes – such multidisciplinary care and patient-centered teamwork is one of my professional career joys, and I’m excited to work with many talented colleagues across RWJBarnabas. I am also a strong believer in the benefits of access to the most innovative cancer therapies that come with clinical research studies, close to home. As New Jersey’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Rutgers Cancer Institute is uniquely positioned to rapidly translate advances in scientific research to the communities we serve.
A proud New Jersey resident for over 30 years, I received my medical degree at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School (now Rutgers). After completing residency training in internal medicine at New Jersey Medical School where I also served as chief medical resident, I received subspecialty fellowship training in hematology and oncology at the New York University School of Medicine. I have since served on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and have had national leadership roles in bringing high priority cancer research to people in their communities. It is an honor to serve on the faculty of the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and impact the future of cancer care in New Jersey.
Thoracic cancer: Including cancers of the lung and thymus, mesothelioma
Head & neck cancers: Including cancers of the mouth and throat (oral cavity, oropharynx and hypopharynx), voice box (larynx), nasopharynx and sinuses; salivary gland cancer, thyroid cancer and skin cancers of the head and neck
Ratings and Reviews
Based on 124 reviews
Shows respect for what you say
Spends enough time with you
Provider explains things in way you understand
Provider listens carefully to you
Gives easy to understand instructions
*Dr. Haigentz is awesome! Shows concern, knows ALL my history & explains things above & beyond. He gives me hope! I love this dr.
Dr Hagientz has great bedside manner and even my family loves him. Extremely friendly and caring
Dr. Haigentz is the absolute best
Have been a patient at Cancer Center & RWJ for 12+ years - very positive experience with this doctor.
Dr was a new provider for me, I was nervous about the change in my care. He was wonderful and I was very happy with our first visit
Dr. Haigentz was extremely caring and knowledgeable and took his time to explain everything and all of our options.
My doctor is a wonderful doctor I would recommend him to anyone.
Very professional and thorough.
Great experience. Dreaded going to meet my 3rd doctor in 2 years but absolutely loved *Dr. Haigentz.
My experience with *Dr. Haigentz has been excellent.
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