Newark, NJ--Comprehensive breast health has been expanded with the addition of two new physicians and a new mammogram in the renovated Oncology Suite at the Frederick B. Cohen, MD Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorder Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Surgical oncologists Kevin Clarke, MD and Jannette McDermott, MD, recently joined the Center.
“Comprehensive breast health is one of our Centers of Excellence at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center – with the addition of Dr. Clarke and Dr. McDermott to the team of surgical oncology specialists we have significantly expanded breast health options for patients,” said John A. Brennan, MD, MPH, President and Chief Executive Officer at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ).
Dr. Clarke is a graduate of Binghamton University and completed his Residency at the UMDNJ University Hospital General Surgery Residency Program and completed his Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the City of Hope National Cancer Center in Duarte, California. Dr. Clarke holds membership in the National Medical Association, N.J. Oncology Society, Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Dr. Clarke said, “The care of the cancer patient requires a coordinated and comprehensive approach-that is what we provide at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.”
Dr. McDermott attended Yale University and completed her Medical Education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She also completed a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the University of Illinois. She is a member of The American Board of Surgery. She is published and a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, N.Y. Metropolitan Breast Cancer group and The American Society of Breast Surgeons. “Newark Beth Israel Medical Center allows the community to have established medical oncology and radiation oncology areas of excellence,” said Dr. McDermott. “The Center allows greater involvement in breast cancer surgery specific research and clinical trials.”
Dr. Brennan added that with Dr. McDermott’s specialty in breast cancers and Dr. Clarke’s specialty is general surgical oncology, together they provide a more comprehensive approach to breast health, along with the rest of the Oncology team. The Frederick B. Cohen, Comprehensive Cancer and Blood Disorder Center provides multidisciplinary care for adult patients with cancer; including tumors of the breast, lymph nodes, thyroid and parathyroid glands, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, adrenal glands, liver, pancreas, and skin cancers including soft tissue sarcomas and hereditary cancer syndromes.
In addition to expanding the surgical oncology team, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center recently opened a new state-of-the-art Digital Mammography Unit as part of the new Mammography Suite at the Medical Center. The new mammography unit offers lower radiation, improves patient comfort due to less compression of the breast, provides higher contrast images which minimizes false positives and decreases the need for invasive surgical biopsies and increases efficiency by improving the level of diagnostic care and provides increased access and accuracy. The new Mammography Suite also includes new facilities including dedicated changing and seating areas, and registration area, as well as access to an in-suite bathroom. The new also offers weekend hours, decreasing appointments to an average of one week.
Dr. Brennan added that with additional breast specialists, a new mammography suite and the addition of a Breast Health Navigator who personalizes every patient’s plan of care, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is poised and ready to provide the best in breast health.
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Date: March 28, 2012
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