Newswise — New Brunswick, N.J., February 5, 2018 – Several physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have earned recognition as a ‘Top Doctor for Women’s Health’ by Inside Jersey magazine, which recently released its annual listing. 

Thousands of physicians and other healthcare professionals from across the state were asked to take part in the nomination process, resulting in the selection of 326 doctors for this year’s honor. Under the direction of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., which publishes America’s Top Doctors, these peer nominations are reviewed and assessed by a physician-led research team.  Attributes considered include board certification, medical education, training, hospital appointments, years in practice and professional achievements.                                                                                            

“Second only to heart disease, cancer is a leading cause of death for women in the U.S., with breast, lung and colorectal being the three most frequently diagnosed cancers. With that, it is imperative that cancer care be tailored to a woman’s specific needs. At Rutgers Cancer Institute our cancer specialists develop personalized treatment plans to help patients remain close to home. We are humbled to be recognized by our colleagues with this honor,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute Director Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, who is also senior vice president, oncology services at RWJBarnabas Health and vice chancellor for cancer programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Rutgers Cancer Institute physicians, who are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, named to this year’s list are:

  • Joel K. Braver, MD, radiation oncologist; specialty: breast, lung, and prostate, cancers
  • Bruce G. Haffty, MD, Chair, Radiation Oncology; specialty: breast cancer
  • Michael G. McKenna, MD, radiation oncologist; specialty: breast cancer, prostate IMRT, and head and neck cancers
  • Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Chief, Gynecologic Oncology; specialty: gynecologic cancers
  • Deborah L. Toppmeyer, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Director, Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and LIFE Center; specialty: breast cancer

Full profiles of Rutgers Cancer Institute doctors named to the list can also be found at:

About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Rutgers Cancer Institute, along with its partner RWJBarnabas Health, offers the most advanced cancer treatment options including clinical trials and novel therapeutics such as precision medicine and immunotherapy – many of which are not available at other facilities across the state.  Patients have access to these cutting-edge therapies throughout the state at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital in Newark, as well as at RWJBarnabas Health.  

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