Thomas Hackett, D.O., Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Named Honoree
Long Branch, NJ, July 8, 2016 – The Women’s Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth
Medical Center will host the
Power of Pink Luncheon, an event that benefits the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical
Thursday, July 21 from
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Guggenheim Library at Monmouth University.
This year’s event will feature celebrity guest speaker
Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show and
author. The Power of Pink Luncheon will recognize
Thomas Hackett, D.O., Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Monmouth Medical Center, as this year’s honoree.
In addition to her role on “Today,” Hager is an editor-at-large
for Southern Living magazine and the author of The New York Times best
-seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling
to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. The book is based on
the life of a 17-year-old single mother with HIV who struggles to shield
her child from the life of abuse and neglect she experienced. Today, Hager
remains involved with UNICEF and is the founding chair of UNICEF Next
Generation, an initiative dedicated to motivating younger generations
help save and improve children’s lives around the world. Hager is
also co-author of two children’s books: Read All About It! and Our
Great Big Backyard.
Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of
Texas at Austin. She is the daughter of former U.S. President George W.
Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager and the
couple has two daughters, Margaret Laura “Mila” (3) and Poppy
Louise (9 months).
Dr. Hackett, an accomplished physician, is board certified in obstetrics
and gynecology and gynecologic oncology. In addition to his position as
chief of gynecologic oncology at Monmouth Medical Center and Community
Medical Center in Toms River, he is a faculty member at Drexel University
College of Medicine. He previously held academic appointments at the Uniformed
Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland and Pennsylvania
State University College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania
Honorably discharged as a Commander in the U.S. Navy, Dr. Hackett previously
served as head of gynecologic oncology and assistant residency coordinator
at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
Dr. Hackett earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and
Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
in Stratford. He completed a residency at the Naval Medical Center in
San Diego and a fellowship at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. He is a
member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American College of
Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Congress of Obstetricians
As the organization’s flagship event, the Power of Pink Luncheon
brings together men and women to raise funds and enhance the quality of
care delivered to cancer patients at Monmouth Medical Center. Since The
Women’s Council’s inception, nearly $3 million has been raised.
Proceeds from this year’s 21st Annual Luncheon will benefit the
Patient Infusion Unit at the Leon Hess Cancer Center, which is comprised
of highly trained individuals who specialize in oncology care, focusing
on patient and family care, treatment, education and service.
To purchase a ticket or reserve a table for the Power of Pink Luncheon
or for more information, visit