About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center designation
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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey together with RWJBarnabas Health is one of an elite group of comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S. designated by the National Cancer Institute and the only one in the state of New Jersey. This coveted designation gives Rutgers Cancer Institute the distinction of being among the best cancer research institutions in the nation.

New Jersey's Only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

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The National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Center designation is competitively awarded to an elite group of centers characterized by their scientific leadership, resources, and outstanding track record of research discoveries in basic, clinical, and population-based science. Designated centers must meet rigorous criteria in the areas of clinical care, research, prevention, and education, as well as demonstrate a substantial transdisciplinary approach that integrates each discipline-specific scientific area into one coordinated and comprehensive effort in the fight against cancer. Rutgers Cancer Institute is also recognized by the NCI as a consortium cancer center in collaboration with Princeton University.

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Rutgers Cancer Institute is also New Jersey’s leading cancer program as recognized by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospital rankings.

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Our Leadership

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Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS

Director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Vice Chancellor for Cancer Programs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Senior Vice President, Oncology Services, RWJBarnabas Health

Professor of Surgery, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Affiliated Distinguished Professor in Genetics, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences Department of Genetics

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Andrew M. Evens, DO, MBA, MSc

Deputy Director for Clinical Services, Rutgers Cancer Institute;

System Director of Medical Oncology and Oncology Lead for the Combined Medical Group, RWJBarnabas Health;

Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Innovation and Data Analytics, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

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Linda Tanzer

Deputy Director for Administration and Planning;

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer

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Eileen White, PhD

Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer

To learn more about our leaders, visit our leadership page.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Our dedication to excellence is fueled by the cutting-edge research led by our internationally recognized clinicians and researchers who, in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health, work tirelessly to move laboratory discoveries into clinical practice. Their discoveries in precision medicine, immunotherapy, cancer genomics, and other scientific areas are producing high-impact clinical trials that enable us to deliver the most sophisticated treatment plans to our patients today, and lay the groundwork for breakthrough cancer treatments of the future.

Our Mission

Accelerate scientific discovery by increasing our knowledge and understanding of cancer;

Facilitate cancer research aimed at innovating cancer treatment and improving cancer prevention; 

Provide outstanding, novel, and compassionate cancer care

Educate physicians, nurses, researchers, staff, and members of the community with evidence-based and culturally informed cancer education and;

Achieve cancer health equity in our state through outreach and engagement with our extraordinarily diverse communities.

Our Vision

Advance cancer research. Through our scientific rigor and evidence-based programs, we will advance cancer-focused research worldwide and reduce the burden of cancer in our catchment area.

Expand access to compassionate cancer care. Through our connection to and respect for the people of the communities we serve, we will gain and protect their trust, strengthen their sense of connectedness, and provide access to kind and compassionate oncology care each person deserves. 

Engender hope. By engaging with and empowering our exceptionally diverse populations, answering their questions, and addressing their fears, we will engender hope for cancer patients, caregivers, and their families. 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We understand that our patients, faculty, and staff come from all over and carry unique cultures and norms that impact how they interpret the world, their experiences, and their relationships. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where people who seek cancer care and the workforce that provide cancer care, both directly and indirectly, feel represented, welcomed, included, and supported.

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Centers of Excellence

There are Centers of Excellence within the Comprehensive Cancer Center that are accountable to higher expectations of performance and productivity to demonstrate that they are leaders in their area of designation. The definition of a Rutgers Cancer Institute Center of Excellence is a collaborative team that provides leadership, best practices, research, support, training, information dissemination and/or community services for a focus area, with the ability to attract new, talented and diverse faculty.  

Our Locations

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Rutgers Cancer Institute physicians, researchers and educators can be found in various locations, including our main building, East Tower, University Hospital, and 13 additional RWJBarnabas Health facilities. With the addition of the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center in 2025, we have maximized the functional space to provide advanced cancer care to patients across the state and beyond.

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Expansion of Care: The Development of the Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center

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When completed, the new Jack and Sheryl Morris Cancer Center will be a state-of-the-art, freestanding cancer hospital featuring outpatient and inpatient capacity coupled with research laboratories, retail space and ancillary services devoted to patient wellness and will be a first of its kind in New Jersey.

Employment and Volunteering Opportunities

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Faculty, staff and volunteers work side by side to create an environment that produces excellence in research and outstanding patient care. As a working member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey you have the opportunity to interact with some of the country’s leading cancer researchers and physicians and help contribute to our mission to conquer cancer. Learn more about available openings and the benefits of working at New Jersey's only comprehensive cancer center.

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Cancer Connection Magazine

Cancer Connection Magazine is a supportive and informative resource for patients and families affected by cancer, offering a variety of inspiring patient and survivor stories and the latest developments in cancer research and treatment.

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Cancer Connection E-Newsletter

Stay informed with Cancer Connection Monthly, our series of e-newsletters for patients, physicians, and curious minds alike. When you sign up for our mailing list, you gain access to insights on the latest in cancer care at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and RWJBarnabas Health.

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Wondering how to request an appointment, contact the hospital or speak to your provider? Depending on your needs, there are different avenues to contact us. Please use the link below to view the contact information for various teams.

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