January 9, 2020
John Theurer Cancer Center Announces Appointment of Five New Physicians
Cancer doctors bolster center’s stem cell transplantation, blood cancer, and thoracic cancer programs.
Five new physicians have joined the medical staff at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Cancer Center in New Jersey:
Hyung C. Suh, MD, PhD, is a hematologist-oncologist who joined the Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy program. Dr. Suh specializes in the care of people with blood cancers (such as leukemia, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma) and in the use of stem cell transplantation, cellular therapy, and immunotherapy to treat these cancers. He is also an experienced biomedical scientist with expertise in hematology-oncology research and the translation of research findings from the laboratory to the patients they may help. A native of South Korea, Dr. Suh graduated from Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, where he earned his MD and PhD degrees. He completed internal medicine residencies at Yonsei University College of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Foundation and hematology-oncology fellowships at Yonsei University College of Medicine and UCLA School of Medicine.
Gurbakhash Kaur, MD, is a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in hematology-oncology, especially the treatment of multiple myeloma. She is especially interested in the application of novel immunotherapies to treat cancer, including multiple myeloma. Dr. Kaur received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency at Tufts Medical Center. She then went on to complete a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Montefiore Medical Center.
Sukhdeep Kaur, MD, is a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in stem cell transplantation — including allogeneic transplants (from a donor) and autologous (“self”) transplants — for blood cancers and blood diseases. She also oversees the use of cellular therapies in patients, including CAR T-cell therapy — an innovative treatment which trains a patient’s white blood cells (called T cells) to find and destroy cancer cells. Dr. Kaur received her medical degree from Ross University and completed her internal medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine, serving as Chief Resident in her final year. She then went on to complete a fellowship in hematology-oncology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where she was Chief Fellow.
Andrew Ip, MD, MS, is a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in the care of patients with lymphoma and multiple myeloma. In his research, Dr. Ip is part of John Theurer Cancer Center’s Outcomes Division. He is interested in utilizing population science to see the “big picture” of cancer care in order to enhance the lives of patients and their families. He also has an interest in using digital health technology to promote improved cancer outcomes, having piloted an Apple Watch physical activity intervention for people with cancer. Dr. Ip received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College (now Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University). He completed his internal medicine residency at Emory University School of Medicine, where he was Chief Medical Resident in his last year. He then went on to complete a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory, where he was Chief Fellow for his final year.
Kaushal Parikh, MBBS, is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of patients with thoracic cancers, such as lung cancer, thymoma, and mesothelioma. He is also involved in drug development and early-phase clinical trials, particularly through John Theurer Cancer Center’s robust Phase I clinical trials program. He and his colleagues are working to expand the translational research program so that more findings from the laboratory can be translated to the clinic to help patients. Dr. Parikh received his medical degree from Topiwala National Medical College in Mumbai, India. He completed his internal medicine residency and hematology-oncology fellowship at New York Medical College, where he was Chief Hematology and Oncology Fellow for his final year. He then completed a fellowship in thoracic oncology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine in Minnesota.
For more information, contact Mary McGeever, Hackensack University Medical Center Communications and Public Relations Department, at 551-996-1730 (office), 551-795-1675 (cell) or Mary.McGeever@HackensackMeridian.org
John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey’s largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. The 14 specialized divisions covering the complete spectrum of cancer care have developed a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. John Theurer Cancer Center is a member of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium, one of just 16 NCI-approved cancer research consortia based at the nation’s most prestigious institutions. Housed within a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of aftercare services that distinguish John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities. For additional information, please visit www.jtcancercenter.org.
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Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, a 781-bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is now part of the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care, which is comprised of 35,000 team members and more than 7,000 physicians. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey and #59 in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 Best Hospital rankings and is ranked high-performing in the U.S. in colon cancer surgery, lung cancer surgery, COPD, heart failure, heart bypass surgery, aortic valve surgery, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, knee replacement and hip replacement. Out of 4,500 hospitals evaluated, Hackensack is one of only 57 that received a top rating in all nine procedures and conditions. Hackensack University Medical Center is one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more years in a row. Becker’s Hospital Review recognized Hackensack University Medical Center as one of the 100 Great Hospitals in America 2018. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 26 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its sixth consecutive designation in 2019. Hackensack University Medical Center has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: John Theurer Cancer Center, a consortium member of the NCI-designated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. Hackensack University Medical Center is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to THE NORTHERN TRUST PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events especially the Tackle Kids Cancer Campaign providing much needed research at the Children’s Cancer Institute housed at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. To learn more, visit www.HackensackUMC.org.