|Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Hamilton (CINJ Hamilton)
During my residency in internal medicine I focused on developing skills and my research in palliative care, treating patients for the relief of the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. This led me to a fellowship in hematology/oncology. I am now board certified in hematology/oncology as well as palliative care, and I have been involved in educating residents in these areas.
I joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) in 2008 as an assistant professor of medicine with a focus on thoracic oncology and hematological malignancies.
My first understanding of treating the “whole” patient and not just the disease came early in my career. As a first year student at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, I took part in a program that paired me with an elderly Indian female patient with gynecological cancer. My experiences with her visits to CINJ for treatments and doctor’s appointments, hospitalizations and eventually her death, made a lasting impression on my development as a physician.
From that time, I knew that good communication between doctor and patient was a critical aspect in providing comprehensive care. With that, I completed training in communication skills through a research study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. I then completed training to teach this topic to medical students and residents. Sharpened communication skills continue to allow me to care for terminally ill patients. This was one of the lasting gifts from my patient from medical school. I continue to be amazed by the teaching my patients give me each and every day by “living with cancer.” They teach me the most important things in life are the people I am surrounded by every day - my family, my colleagues and my patients. It is my continuing goal to remain abreast of the latest treatments, technologies and communication aspects, so that I can provide the best of care to the Central Jersey community.
Board certified in medical oncology, hematology, internal medicine, hospice and pallative medicine.
Specialties include medical oncology, with a special interest in lung cancer (thoracic oncology) and palliative care.