NEWARK, NJ -- Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS, has been appointed Director of the new Division of Surgical Oncology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System.
Dr. Wascher brings his expertise in the surgical management of cancer to the wide range of adult oncology services provided by the Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer Center at Newark Beth Israel. His practice focuses exclusively on adult patients with cancer, including diseases of the breast, lymph nodes, thyroid and parathyroid glands, retroperitoneum, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, adrenal glands, pancreas and other major organs; as well as skin cancers, soft tissue sarcomas, and hereditary cancer syndromes.
As a member of Newark Beth Israel's integrated cancer care team, Dr. Wascher offers advanced surgical approaches that include minimally invasive and breast-conserving surgery, as well as extensive research and teaching experience.
"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Wascher to our team of clinical professionals," said Dennis Bordan, MD, Chairman of Surgery at Newark Beth Israel. "Working alongside our medical and radiation oncologists, he will be instrumental in formulating and carrying out the best plan of care to address each patient's needs."
Dr. Wascher is a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons. He received his bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences (Honors in Research) from the University of California at Irvine, and his medical degree (magna cum laude) from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, NE. He completed a surgical internship at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco, CA; a neurosurgery fellowship at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX; a surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI; and a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, CA.
Dr. Wascher served in the U.S. Army from 1976 to 2006, achieving the rank of Colonel before retiring this year. He was the recipient of numerous military honors throughout his career, including the Legion of Merit Medal, awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
Prior to joining Newark Beth Israel, Dr. Wascher was Director of Surgical Oncology and Director of Research, General Residency Program at Tripler Army Medical Center, University of Hawaii, where he also served as Director of the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii Molecular Oncology Core Research Facility. He serves as an adjunct associate professor of surgery at the F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, MD, and a clinical associate professor at the Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Cancer Research Center at the University of Hawaii.
The author and co-author of numerous clinical articles, abstracts, book chapters, and online articles, Dr. Wascher has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, British Journal of Cancer, Current Surgery, Cancer Treatment & Research, Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research, Cancer, and the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. His clinical presentations have included diverse topics in molecular and clinical oncology, including breast and gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma, sarcoma, and endocrine tumors.
Dr. Wascher is a member of many professional societies, including the American Medical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Authors Guild, and the NIH Community Clinical Oncology Program. He has served as principal investigator on several leading clinical trials. He has a special interest in ethnic variations in cancer biology and epidemiology, as well as cancer prevention strategies at the molecular level.
For more information and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wascher,
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Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) is a 673-bed regional referral teaching hospital that is an affiliate of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System. NBIMC's clinical programs include the Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, cardiac transplantation, renal and pancreas transplantation, adult and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery, robotic surgery, general and vascular surgery, and maternal/child care. NBIMC is the site of Children's Hospital of New Jersey and the Saint Barnabas Heart Center at Newark Beth Israel.
About the Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
The Frederick B. Cohen Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at NBIMC provides a multidisciplinary approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with cancer and blood disorders, combining compassion with the latest physician expertise, achievements and clinical research. Under the direction of Alice Cohen, MD, the center's staff includes 7 full-time medical oncologists, a surgical oncologist, and a radiation oncology team, as well as oncology nurses, social workers and support staff, all of whom collaborate to guide patients through the physical and emotional challenges that cancer presents. The Center is in the midst of a major expansion that will increase its overall size by 67 percent and offer the most advanced treatment tools, including two linear accelerators and Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) technology for pinpoint delivery of radiation therapy.
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