Thoracic Surgery Expertise Expands in Ocean County with Jennifer L. Sullivan, M.D. Joining Hackensack Meridian Cancer Care

December 20, 2017

Hackensack Meridian Cancer Care has expanded its thoracic surgery resources and expertise with the addition of Jennifer L. Sullivan, M.D., FACS. Board certified in thoracic surgery and specializing in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries, Dr. Sullivan joins the thoracic and esophageal surgery team that supports the greater Monmouth and Ocean county region.

Dr. Sullivan joins colleagues Thomas Bauer II, M.D., interim medical director of Hackensack Meridian Cancer Care, chief of thoracic surgery at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and medical director of thoracic oncology, and Ziad Hanhan, M.D., director of thoracic surgery for Bayshore Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center. With over 40 years of collective experience, the thoracic and esophageal surgery team provides treatment for a wide range of malignant and non-malignant conditions affecting the lung, esophagus, thymus, mediastinum, chest wall, and diaphragm. The team is committed to providing a seamless approach to coordinated care, working closely with the nurse navigators, primary care physicians and all the other members of the care team (radiation oncology, medical oncology, pulmonology, and others.)

“We’re extremely pleased to have Dr. Sullivan as part of our team, expanding the reach of advanced thoracic surgery expertise even further into Ocean County,” says Dr. Bauer. “Patients can be confident in the comprehensive and personalized services that our team brings to the region, ensuring that quality care is close to home.”

Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD. She completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA and continued her residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. Dr. Sullivan went on to further enhance her skills and completed a fellowship focused on esophageal surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA .

With areas of expertise in minimally invasive esophagectomy, minimally invasive surgery for lung cancer, robotic surgery, incisionless surgery, endoluminal interventions, endobronchial ultrasound (ebus), and navigational bronchoscopy, Dr. Sullivan works closely with the teams at Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin to provide patients and families with exceptional care. To schedule an appointment at her office located at 1610 Route 88 in Brick, please call 732-840-3337.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 13 hospitals, including two academic medical centers, two children’s hospitals and nine community hospitals, physician practices, more than 140 ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 28,000 team members, more than 6,000 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The Network’s notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, the number one hospital in New Jersey as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For,” one of the “20 Best Workplaces in Health Care” in the nation, and the number one “Best Place to Work for Women.” Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

The hospitals of Hackensack Meridian Health include: academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune; children’s hospitals – Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital in Neptune; community hospitals – Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood.

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