Nursing Leaders

Jennifer Hadjar MSN, RN, OCN
Director of Nursing, Ambulatory Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology
Interim Nurse Director, Clinic Hematology Malignancies

Jennifer recently joined the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey’s Pediatric team as the director of nursing. Prior, she spent four years in oncology leadership at the Mount Sinai Hospital in both inpatient and outpatient areas. She also has two years of leadership experience in ambulatory infusion from Florida Hospital. Jennifer began her career in healthcare as a clinical assistant on an inpatient oncology while studying to become a nurse. She has several years of experience in both the inpatient and outpatient setting; including infusion, apheresis, clinical research, and bone marrow transplant. She is a master’s prepared nurse in nursing education, and holds her specialty certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®). 


Donna N. Thomas RN, BSN, OCN
Nurse Director Solid Tumor Infusion

Donna is the Nurse Director of Solid Tumor Infusion Services at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She oversees the operation and clinical activities in the oncology infusion department, assuring safe and efficient quality-driven outcomes. She leads a team of remarkable professionals that provide high-quality care to oncology patients. Donna is a passionate nurse leader with 13 years of oncology nursing experience in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. She has dedicated her life to oncology and makes a difference in the lives of the patients she has the privilege to serve. Donna is an Oncology Certified Nurse and a member of the Oncology Nursing Society. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Chamberlain University and is currently enrolled in the DNP program at Rutgers University.

Khooshbu Patel, MSN, RN, FNP-C, AOCNP
Oncology Nurse Education Specialist

Khooshbu Patel recently obtained her advanced oncology certified nurse practitioner certification (AOCNP). She is currently involved in the new nurse orientation process and is part of the policy and procedures committee at Rutgers Cancer Institute. In past positions, she has served as a gynecologic oncology nurse practitioner at Rutgers Cancer Institute prior to transitioning to the education role. Prior to this, she served as a staff registered nurse and charge nurse for in an inpatient medical/surgical oncology unit. Khooshbu’s undergraduate accelerated BSN was obtained at Rutgers University and her MSN in family practice primary care was obtained at Rutgers University.

Deena Centofanti, RN, MS, AOCN
Clinical Nurse Specialist

Deena is a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. During her 18-year tenure, Deena has held several jobs in education and leadership in both the Adult and Pediatric clinics at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. She has over 30 years’ experience in oncology, including working at several inpatient and outpatient programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, oncology program development, research nurse and clinical nurse specialist. Deena has been a contributor to the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurses Triage Guidelines on Sleep Disorders. She has worked with the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation on Advanced Practice Test Development and AOCN Item Writing Council. Locally, she served seven years as an elected member to the Hillsborough Township Board of Education as well twelve years on the Hillsborough Township Board of Health. Deena received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Albright College and Master of Science Degree from University of Delaware.