Dr. Andrew L. Pecora Attends White House Cancer Moonshot Summit on Behalf of Hackensack Meridian Health Network

Hackensack Meridian Health Network is pleased to announce that Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, president, Physicians Services Division; and chief innovations officer, professor and vice president of Cancer Services, John Theurer Cancer Center at HackensackUMC; was selected to attend the Cancer Moonshot Summit, on behalf of Hackensack Meridian Health Network, at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 28.

The Cancer Moonshot Summit was part of a national day of action that included more than 270 events in communities across the United States. Vice President Joe Biden joined with 350 invited researchers, oncologists and other care providers, data and technology experts, patients, families, and patient advocates, to discuss ways to improve the nation’s understanding, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of cancer.

“I was exceptionally proud to attend this national summit on behalf of the Hackensack Meridian Health Network,” said Dr. Pecora. “The event hosted some of the most prominent leaders in cancer care, research and technology, and we are honored that Hackensack Meridian Health has a seat at the table in such an important initiative. Today’s care is personalized, and with a focus on precision medicine, we can customize every single patient’s treatment in the most optimal way possible.”

“Dr. Pecora has been an integral physician leader at HackensackUMC for more than 25 years,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health Network. “His leadership has helped to elevate the John Theurer Cancer Center to be one of the best cancer centers in the nation focused on specialized, patient-centric care.”

“The John Theurer Cancer Center is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care and survivorship of patients with all types of cancer. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, and access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise— all under one roof. Physicians at John Theurer Cancer Center are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates, one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups. ”

“A certified hematologist/oncologist, Dr. Pecora joined HackensackUMC in 1989 from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer as director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program. He serves as professor of Medicine, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, and professor of Oncology and Medicine, Georgetown University. ”

“Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to be part of this ambitious Cancer Moonshot initiative,” added Garrett. “Through collaboration, we can learn from one another and combine our collective knowledge, improving the lives of cancer patients around the world.”