Surgical Oncology Division


Surgical Oncology at University Hospital – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

The Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery provides a unique service for the state of New Jersey.  As a division, we have established our institution as a place where all complex cases are handled with expertise.  Advanced, recurrent, and widely metastatic malignancies are commonly treated with excellent outcomes.

Surgical Oncology at University Hospital covers malignancy subtypes that are not commonly treated at other hospitals.  We specialize in General Surgical Oncology procedures including head and neck surgery, esophagectomy, gastrectomy, pancreatectomy, hepatectomy, bile duct surgery, colectomy, proctectomy, pelvic exenteration, cytoreduction/hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, and endocrine (thyroid/parathyroid/adrenal) surgery are the mainstay of the program.  We also specialize in breast disease both malignant and benign.  Our entire program is based on multidisciplinary care. Patient coordination is managed via patient navigators with all cases discussed prospectively in tumor boards. 

Minimally invasive techniques including laparoscopy and robotics are frequently used. 

To further benefit our patients, we provide an oncoplastic program to provide surgical reconstruction.  Our relationship with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the only NCCN designated center in the state, allows us to provide patients with access to clinical trials and therapies unavailable at most centers.      

We function as a referral center for the entire state for complex cancer procedures in a tertiary/quaternary care.  Our physicians are passionate about cancer care and are always available to assist. 


Meet Our Faculty

Ravi Chokshi, MD

Ravi J. Chokshi, MD

Division Chief, Surgical Oncology

Associate Professor

Surgical Oncology Contact:

Clinical Practices:

Department of Surgery
Surgical Oncology Division
Doctor's Office Center
90 Bergen Street
Newark, NJ 07103

NJMS-UH Cancer Center (NJMSUHCC)
205 South Orange Avenue Room A Level
Newark, NJ 07101

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital
Oncology Navigator - Surgical
205 S Orange Ave – A Level
Newark, NJ 07103
O:973 972-1954

Clinical Contact:

Carmen Rodriguez
Surgical Coordinator – Division of Surgical Oncology
90 Bergen St. Suite 7400
Newark, NJ 07103
Phone: 973-972-1110
Fax: 973-972-9375


Academic Contact:

Christine Cesareo
Administrative Coordinator
Telephone 973-972-5501
Fax 973-972-3730