Gynecologic Cancer Specialists Now Treating Patients at UMCPP

Sep 3, 2013

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) has added gynecologic oncology to the nationally recognized cancer services it provides to patients.

Through a partnership between Cooper University Health Care and Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), gynecologic oncologists are on the UMCPP campus weekly, seeing patients in the Medical Arts Pavilion adjacent to the hospital and performing procedures in UMCPP's state-of-the-art surgical facilities.

The primary physicians caring for patients at UMCPP are James K. Aikins Jr., MD, FACOG, FACS, Director of Research for Cooper's Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program, and David P. Warshal, MD, FACOG, Director of the Gynecologic Cancer Center at the Cooper Cancer Institute. Both are board certified in gynecologic oncology and provide a broad range of treatment therapies and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

"This is an exciting collaboration that enhances our exceptional cancer program," said Linda F. Sieglen, MD, MMM, PHCS Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs. "The gynecologic oncologists seeing patients at UMCPP have a well-deserved reputation for delivering state-of-the-art treatment. This partnership gives our patients greater access to outstanding care close to home."

"Our objective is to bring the highest level of cancer care to patients at UMCPP," said Dr. Warshal, who also serves as Vice Chief, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Head of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Cooper. "The new hospital has excellent facilities and technology, which obviously enhance the care we can provide, and it's also a familiar setting for the patients."

"This partnership allows us to offer treatment to patients who in the past would have been referred elsewhere, often to New York or Philadelphia," said Alan L. Friedman, MD, FACOG, PHCS' Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology. "This is convenient for patients and, more importantly, it ensures that they are close to their loved ones and that their primary OB/GYNs can be more directly involved in their care."

The agreement with Cooper is similar to prior PHCS partnerships with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), which was designed to enhance all levels of pediatric care at UMCPP, and with Penn Medicine to provide advanced maternal-fetal services.

UMCPP, home to the Edward & Marie Matthews Center for Cancer Care, is a University Hospital Affiliate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, an affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, an accredited comprehensive community cancer program of the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) and recipient of the CoC's Outstanding Achievement Award.

Through its affiliation with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, UMCPP offers access to state-of-the-art clinical trials and to genetic counseling and testing for patients at risk of developing breast, ovarian, colon and uterine cancers. The UMCPP Breast Health Center holds a full accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, signifying that patients have access to comprehensive, high-quality care and information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options. UMCPP also has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology, a distinction earned by only 5 percent of facilities nationwide.

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