Forefront News from the front lines at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Kudos! Congratulations to the New Jersey State Cancer Registry at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Health, for recently achieving three major awards! The registry, led by Antoinette Stroup, PhD, Lisa Paddock, PhD, and Stephanie Hill, MPH, CTR, collects and analyzes cancer incidence and survival data across the state. It was honored with the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries Gold Certification for achieving the highest standard for complete, accurate and timely data to calculate standard cancer incidence statistics. The registry also captured the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Program of Cancer Registries Registry of excellence Honor. It was one of 19 state and territorial cancer registries to be recognized for meeting the highest standards for quality data among a pool of 48 registries. A first place honor was given to the registry for the National Cancer Institute Surveillance, epidemiology and end Results (SeeR) Program Data Quality Profile for meeting – and in some cases, exceeding – all 14 benchmarks for SeeR Program registries including completeness and accuracy. “NJSCR is pleased to share this distinction with all the cancer registrars and facilities across the state that work very hard to submit high quality, timely data,” notes Dr. Stroup. I We’re Growing! Reaffirming can be found at cinj.org. its commitment to growth and excellence, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey continues to recruit outstanding faculty to enhance program areas. The following lists those who have joined us over the past 18 months. Additional information on these individuals, who are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Nrusingh Biswal, PhD, Medical Physicist, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Physics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Alexandre Buckley de Meritens, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dennis Cooper, MD, Co-Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Medical Oncologist, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine, Division of Blood Disorders, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Subhajyoti De, PhD, Systems Biologist, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Pathology, Division of Medical Informatics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Abhishek Dwivedi, MS, Medical Physicist, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Instructor of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Physics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Miral Grandhi, MD, Surgical Oncologist, Gastrointestinal/ Hepatobiliary Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 2 I Cancer Connection I Summer 2017