Hackensack Meridian Health Welcomes Radiation Oncologist with Fellowship Training in Proton Therapy

December 22, 2020

Radiation oncologist Nicholas DeNunzio, M.D., Ph.D., has joined Hackensack Meridian Health.  Dr. DeNunzio has deep expertise and training in the use of standard radiation therapies, including proton therapy, which allows for the safe and precise delivery of higher doses of radiation therapy while reducing radiation exposure to surrounding tissues.

Dr. DeNunzio received his medical and doctorate degrees from the Boston University School of Medicine in 2014. He completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Rochester  Strong Memorial Hospital in 2019. In 2020, he completed a clinical fellowship in pediatric proton therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital (Harvard University) prior to joining the cancer care team at Hackensack Meridian Health.

Hackensack Meridian Health offers proton therapy through a clinical affiliation with ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, New Jersey. The lower toxicity and highly targeted delivery of proton therapy make it ideal for treating tumors located near critical organs or structures such as the brain, heart or spinal cord. It is also used to treat children with cancer who are still growing and are more sensitive to radiation damage.

“Our affiliation with ProCure will provide adult and pediatric patients access to a comprehensive armanentarium of radiation therapy technology used in a fight against cancer,” said Dr. Anthony Ingenito, Chairman Dept. of Radiation Oncology, John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian University Medical Center. “Dr. DeNunzio’s specialized knowledge and fellowship training will allow him to maximize our affiliation with ProCure for the benefit of our patients and oversee the full range of leading-edge radiation therapy treatments.”

“We are proud to add Dr. DeNunzio to our team of cancer care experts at John Theurer Cancer Center,” said Mark Sparta, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center. “Dr. DeNunzio brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our hospital, and we look forward to the innovations he will bring to our radiation oncology program.”

In addition to providing outstanding patient care, for which he was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received awards for as a resident, Dr. DeNunzio is committed to advancing the field of radiation oncology through research, mentorship, and education, having published several articles, book chapters, and teaching aids.  “I look forward to bringing treatment innovations to my patients to provide them with comprehensive, state-of-the-art radiation therapy care tailored to their unique needs.”

Dr. DeNunzio serves on the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s guidelines committee through which he helps develop standardized clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer with radiation therapy. He co-authored the society’s guideline on treating small cell lung cancer with radiation.