Pediatric Hematology Oncology Faculty and Fellows | Hackensack University Medical Center

 
Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg,
D.O., FAAP
Stacey Rifkin-Zenenberg, D.O., FAAP
Fellowship Director Section Chief, Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Residency: Children’s Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Pediatrics

Fellowship: Schneider Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Research Interest: Hematology, Sickle Cell Disease, Coagulation, Gene therapy, ITP, Palliative Care, Pain Management, Bioethics

Offer-Katharine-MD 
Katharine Offer, M.D.
Katharine Offer, M.D.
Associate Fellowship Director, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Residency: NYP Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/NYP Weill Cornell Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Research Interest: Solid Tumors, Neuroblastoma, Renal Tumors, Osteosarcoma, Ewing Sarcoma, Germ Cell Tumors. Rhabdomyosarcoma, Rare Tumors, Early Phase Drug Trials, AYA

Organizations/Affiliations: Member, COG Osteosarcoma new agent task force

GILLIO-A-MD 
Alfred Gillio, M.D.
Alfred Gillio, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Section Chief, Stem Cell Transplant

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Residency: Medical College of Virginia, Pediatrics

Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant

Research Interest: Stem Cell Transplant, Bone Marrow Failure, Immunodeficiency, Gene Therapy

Organizations/Affiliations: Co-Chair: NJ State Pediatric Immunodeficiency Specialty Group

Founding Member: North American Pediatric Aplastic Anemia Consortium (NAPAAC)

Ashley Varkey,
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology First-Year Fellow, Class of 2025
Residency: University of Connecticut Hartford

Mital Gandhi, M.D.
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Second Year Fellow, Class of 2024
Residency: Jersey Shore University Medical Center Program (Pediatrics - General) - 
Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Burton Appel, M.D., MBA, FAAP
Associate Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Chair, Data Safety Monitoring Board, Hackensack University Medical Center
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago, Pediatrics
Fellowship: University of Chicago, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Hodgkin Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, Onco-fertility
Katherine Armstrong, M.D.

Residency: NYP Weill Cornell Medicine/Komansky Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/NYP Weill Cornell Medicine, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Hematology, Coagulation, Clinical Research

Jing Chen, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Residency: University of Rochester Medical Center, Pediatrics
Fellowship: NYP Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Cancer Genetics, Precision Medicine, Early Phase Trials for Leukemia

Steven Diamond, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Residency: Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Hematology, Blood Banking, Sickle Cell Disease, Coagulation, LCH
Organizations/Affiliations: Chair, New Jersey Newborn Screening - Hemoglobinopathies

Derek Hanson, M.D.
Director of Pediatric Neuro-oncology Program
Chair, IRB, Hackensack University Medical Center
Director, Brain Tumor Research, Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Residency: Jefferson Medical College/Alfred A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Brain tumors, Phase I Trials

Jessica Scerbo, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Jersey Shore Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Residency: Schneider Children’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Cohen Children’s Medical Center at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: AYA

Andrew Silverman, M.D.
Residency: NYP Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Pediatrics
Fellowship: NYP Columbia University Medical Center/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Solid tumors, Immunotherapies

Bruce Terrin, M.D.
Residency: Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Medical College of Virginia, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Research Interest: Hematology

Johannes Zakrzewski, M.D.
Associate Member, Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Associate Professor of Oncology, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Residency:
SUNY Downstate, Pediatrics
Fellowship:
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant
Research Interest:
Stem Cell Transplant, Hematologic Malignancies, GVHD, T-cell Development

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