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Leukemia/Lymphoma/Hematologic Malignancies

The multidisciplinary team of experts within the Hematologic Malignancies Program combine exceptional expertise, knowledge and skill with advanced therapies to treat benign and malignant blood disorders in a comprehensive and compassionate environment. Physicians are among the nation’s most experienced will expertise in routine, rare and complex hematologic malignancies; treating advanced blood cancers with clinical trials, immunotherapy and other cellular therapies.

Rutgers Cancer Institute is one of the first programs in the state to offer CAR T-cell therapy. CAR T-cell therapy is currently only offered at centers such as ours that perform stem cell transplants, have specially trained clinicians and healthcare personnel, and are FACT (Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy) certified.

The Program’s approach to cancer care offers the full spectrum of therapeutic procedures and advanced treatment options for patients with acute and chronic leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, myelodysplasia, myeloproliferative diseases, and other hematologic malignancies. Rutgers Cancer Institute in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is home to one of only two blood and marrow transplant programs in the state and the only one at an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.

As a center of excellence in the caring of patients with multiple myeloma, our providers utilize their exceptional expertise and experience to provide comprehensive, compassionate care for patients with multiple myeloma and related diseases.

To help patients better understand and navigate their disease, our program offers a full line of oncology support services including social workers, oncology nurse navigators, dieticians, support groups, on-site pharmacy, and financial counselors. 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.

Rutgers Cancer Institute is recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation in the research, diagnosis and treatment of MDS disorders.


Roger Strair, MD, PhD, Chief, Blood Disorders
Dennis Cooper, MD, Chief, Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Rajat Bannerji, MD, PhD, Chief, Hematologic Malignancies
Kevin David, MD, Director, Lymphoma Program


Roger Strair, MD, PhD, Chief, Blood Disorders
Dennis Cooper, MD, Chief, Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Rajat Bannerji, MD, PhD, Chief, Hematologic Malignancies and Director, Lymphoma Program
Andrew M. Evens, DO, MSc, FACP, Associate Director for Clinical Services, Rutgers Cancer Institute; System Director of Medical Oncology and Oncology Lead for Combined Medical Group, RWJBarnabas Health
Kevin David, MD, Director, Lymphoma Program

Radiation Oncologist

Rahul R, Parikh, MD, Medical Director, Laurie Proton Therapy Center

Advanced Practice Provider

Kara Saggiomo, ANP-BC, AOCNP, Nurse Director, Hematologic Malignancies


Sharon Dillard, RN, MS, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Hematologic, Malignant Hematology & Pediatrics
Jacqueline Manago, BSN, RN, BMTCN, Nurse Clinician and Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator
Mary Kate McGrath, ANP-BC, BMTCN, OCN, Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator
Madelline Cruz, BSN, RN, Inpatient Oncology Nurse Navigator
Stephanie Beers, BSN, RN, OCN, Out-Patient Hematology Oncology

Support Services

H. Nivita Singh-Bulkan, MS, PA-C, Proceduralist
Elsie Castrorao, RN, MSN, APN, Proceduralist
Diana Brodowski, Social Worker
Rosemarie Slirzewski, MSW, LCSW, Social Worker
Tracy Meissner, RD, Nutritionist

Research Scientist

Rohini Navalekar BE, MPA, CCRP


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