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Surgical Oncology

The Surgical Oncology Division at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey combines the expertise of fellowship-trained surgeons with advanced technologies to treat benign and malignant tumors with complex surgical procedures. Minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery-techniques performed by our physicians result in improved clinical outcomes and a faster recovery for patients.  Rutgers Cancer Institute  is one of the few centers in the region whose surgeons have vast expertise in managing patients’ disease through the unique treatment option called HIPEC or hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy to treat cancers that have spread to the abdominal cavity – a condition known as peritoneal metastases.  Also, as an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our patients are provided with access to the latest clinical trials including precision medicine and immunotherapies, some not available elsewhere.

Our surgical oncologists have disease specific expertise in routine, rare and complex cancers including: bladder cancer; brain and spine tumors; breast cancer; endocrine and neuroendocrine tumors, gastrointestinal cancers; head and neck cancers; hepatobiliary cancers; gynecologic cancers; kidney cancers; liver and bile duct cancers; melanoma and sarcomas; mesothelioma, pancreatic cancer; prostate cancer; testicular cancer; and thoracic cancers.

Faculty within the Division of Surgical Oncology conduct both clinical research and basic research. Scientists are investigating the efficacy of combination immunotherapies including oncolytic viruses, checkpoint inhibitors, and immune modulators, as well as defining the effects of viral and bacterial infections on anti-cancer immune responses. Clinical research involves the development of clinical trials including some of the pioneer studies in immunotherapy that have led to FDA approved treatments.

Working closely with healthcare team members from throughout Rutgers Cancer Institute and the Department of Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, our faculty members foster innovation in clinical surgical oncology care. Rutgers Cancer Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School offer a two year ACGME accredited Fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology for board eligible general surgeons who wish to attain subspecialty certification for the practice of general surgical oncology as well as a Breast Surgery Fellowship.


Surgical Oncology Leadership

Breast Oncology Surgery

M. Michele Blackwood,

Cheif, Section of Breast Surgery
Firas Eladoumikdachi,

Surgical Oncologist
Maria Kowzun, MD
Surgical Oncologist, Director, Center for Breast Health and Disease Management, Clara Maass Medical Center

Shicha Kumar, MD, FACS
Surgical Oncologist
Lindsay Potdevin, MD
Surgical Oncologist

Endocrine and Neuroendocrine Tumor Surgery

H. Richard Alexander, MD, FACS
Chief Surgical Officer and Chief, Surgical Oncology
Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS
Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Surgical Oncologist
Toni Beninato, MD, MS, FACS
Endocrine Surgeon

Gastrointestinal Oncology Surgery

H. Richard Alexander, MD, FACS
Chief Surgical Officer and Chief, Surgical Oncology
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Daniel L. Feingold, MD, FASCRS, FACS
Chief, Colorectal Surgery
David A. August, MD, FACS
Associate Director for Faculty Affairs and Surgical Oncologist 
Brett L. Ecker, MD
Surgical Oncologist
Mariam F. Eskander, MD, MPH
Surgical Oncologist
Miral Sadaria Grandhi, MD
Surgical Oncologist, Director of Hepatobiliary Surgery
Haejin In, MD, MPH, MBA
Surgical Oncologist
Chief Diversity Officer, Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Timothy J. Kennedy,

Surgical Oncologist
Russell C. Langan, MD
Surgical Oncologist, Chief of Surgical Oncology & Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Gynecologic Oncology Surgery

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James K. Aikins Jr., MD, FACOG, FACS
Chief, Gynecologic Oncology

Euginia Girda, MD, FACOG
Gynecologic Oncologist
Aliza Leiser, MD
Gynecologic Oncologist

Ruth D. Stephenson, DO, FACOG
Gynecologic Oncologist

Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery


Matin Imanguli, MD, DDS
Head and Neck Surgeon/Microvascular Reconstructive Surgeon

Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Surgery

Adam C. Berger, MD, FACS
Chief, Melanoma and Soft Tissue Surgical Oncology

Bahar Dasgeb, MD

Surgical Oncologist
Vadim Koshenkov, MD
Surgical Oncologist

Thoracic Oncology Surgery

John Langenfeld, MD
Co-Director, Thoracic Oncology Program
Thoracic Surgeon
Lee Gerson, MD
Thoracic Surgeon
Ioannis Kontopidis, MD
Thoracic Surgeon
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Benjamin Medina, MD

Thoracic Surgeon

Urologic Oncology Surgery

Thomas L. Jang, MD, MPH, FACS 
Director of the Testicular Cancer Program; Director, Safety and Outcomes for the Division of Urology; Chief of Urologic Oncology
Saum Ghodoussipour, MD
Saum Ghodoussipour, MD

Director of the Bladder and Urothelial Cancer Program

Surgical Oncology Research

Edmund C. Lattime, PhD
Associate Director for Education and Training