Sumul N. Raval, M.D., D.AB.P.N, a leading neuro-oncologist at
Monmouth Medical Center and
Community Medical Center, both RWJBarnabas Health facilities, recently earned a prestigious international
award for providing state-of-the-art treatment to people with brain tumors.
Dr. Raval was presented with the GBM Heroes Award (Glioblastoma Multiforme)
during the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Neuro-Oncology held in Scottsdale,
Arizona organized by CURE® magazine. The honor recognizes individuals
who have dedicated their lives to helping patients with GBM and their
families, according to CURE® magazine. This year’s conference
drew 3,600 Neuro-Oncologists, Neuro-Surgeons, Radiation Oncologists, Neuro-Radiologists
and Scientists from 55 countries, and is the most comprehensive neuro-oncology
meeting in the world.
A board-certified neurologist who completed fellowship training in neuro-oncology
at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Raval is among only 200
physicians nationwide who are fellowship-trained in the highly specialized
field of neuro-oncology.
“This is an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime honor,” says Dr. Raval,
noting the global recognition is especially rare for a doctor at a community
hospital. “I am humbled and grateful to receive this award.”
Robert Braun, vice president of cancer services for RWJBarnabas Health,
says that Dr. Raval is very deserving of this honor.
“Dr. Raval has earned national recognition for participating in clinical
trials to advance knowledge about treatment options for brain tumors,
and his research has been published in peer-reviewed medical journals
and also presented at national meetings of the American Society for Clinical
Oncology,” he says. “We are so fortunate to be able to offer
his expert care to our patients and their families.”
Dr. Raval “is one of the few neuro-oncologists who brings world-class
care to families in their own backyard,” notes CURE, a renowned
cancer magazine with nearly 1 million readers.
Dr. Raval is founder and director of the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center
at Monmouth Medical Center – New Jersey’s first and most comprehensive
facility specializing in brain tumors – in an effort to bring leading-edge
care to the local community. Today, the program draws patients from across
the country and as far away as Sweden, Russia, Venezuela, Turkey and India.
In addition, Dr. Raval is a staff neuro-oncologist at Community Medical
Center, where he also holds a leadership role as incoming treasurer of
the medical staff. A diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and
Neurology, he is president of Garden State Neurology & Neuro-Oncology,
with offices located in West Long Branch and Toms River.
Judy Zocchi, whose late husband was treated by Dr. Raval, nominated him
for the honor. “He always is a support in spirit, financially and
personally… No matter how busy his schedule is, if you are a brain
tumor patient, he will make the time, no matter what.”
Dr. Raval also is a chairman of Board of trustees and past president of
the Monmouth and Ocean County Chapter of the American Association of Physicians
of Indian Origin (MOCAAPI).
Dr. Raval has received numerous awards for his efforts including “The
Jersey Choice Top Doctors in New Jersey” by New Jersey Monthly for
the past four years. An authority on brain tumors, Dr. Raval is a speaker,
fundraiser, physician and most importantly a compassionate humanitarian.
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