The Memorial Sloan Kettering - Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership to Host Cancer Science Today: A Community Education Talk Series

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Cancer News
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- The first Cancer Science Today event, part of a series of complimentary community talks, will focus on inherited genetic mutations and cancer risk

HACKENSACK, N.J., March 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --The Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) – Hackensack Meridian Health

(HMH) Partnership announced today the upcoming launch of Cancer Science Today: A Community Education Talk Series. The first event of the complimentary talk series, to be held at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, is "Knowing Your Family's Cancer Risk." The evening's talk will jointly feature Dr. Elizabeth Jewell, Director of Surgery at MSK Monmouth and MSK Basking Ridge, and Dr. Deena Mary Atieh Graham, Breast & Gynecologic Medical Oncologist at John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack, NJ. The conversation, which will include an audience Q&A at the end, will be moderated by Joanna Gagis, host of Life and Living, NJTV.

During the event, Drs. Jewell and Graham will discuss topics including known inherited gene mutations and their cancer risk, genetic testing and counseling, available treatment options, and resources available through the MSK – HMH Partnership for patients and their families.

Formed in 2016, the MSK-HMH Partnership combines the expertise of two world-class organizations to work toward more cures for cancer and increasing patient access to the highest-quality cancer care available. Ultimately, the Partnership will develop new standards of cancer care and open joint treatment facilities.

"Combining industry leading expertise and deep local roots allows Memorial Sloan Kettering and Hackensack Meridian Health to share an unrivaled ability to accelerate research and discovery, advance the continuum of cancer care and create new hope for patients," says Dr. Deena Mary Atieh Graham, a Breast & Gynecologic Medical Oncologist at the John Theurer Cancer Center, a part of the MSK-HMH Partnership. "Genetic impact on cancer risk is something that touches everyone in the community. We look forward to a robust discussion that will ultimately help people understand their potential risks and the resources available."

"The Memorial Sloan Kettering - Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership exists to bring together unparalleled cancer care expertise and scale to further advance patient care and outcomes," says Dr. Elizabeth Jewell, Director of Surgery at MSK's patient care facilities in Monmouth and Basking Ridge, NJ – both part of the MSK-HMH Partnership. "With that in mind, I am looking forward to this conversation with Dr. Graham, Joanna Gagis, and the New Jersey community during our first Cancer Science Today event on March 15. This talk will serve as a venue to share and discuss the newest information on screening, prevention, and treatment for those with an inherited cancer risk."

The first event on Thursday, March 15, will be held at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center located at 92 2nd St. in Hackensack, NJ, begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8:30pm. For more information about the MSK-HMH Partnership or to register for the event, please visit


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is the world's oldest and largest private cancer center, home to more than 17,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and staff united by a relentless dedication to conquering cancer. As an independent institution, MSK combines 130 years of research and clinical leadership with the freedom to provide highly individualized, exceptional care to each patient. MSK is consistently ranked the number-one hospital for cancer care in the Northeast and among the top two cancer hospitals nationwide. And its always-evolving educational programs continue to train new leaders in the field, here and around the world.


Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. Hackensack Meridian Health comprises 16 hospitals from Bergen to Ocean counties, which includes three academic medical centers – Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, JFK Medical Center in Edison; two children's hospitals - Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital in Hackensack, K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital in Neptune; 11 community hospitals - Ocean Medical Center in Brick, Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel, Raritan Bay Medical Center in Old Bridge, and Pascack Valley Medical Center in Westwood, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute in Edison and Shore Rehabilitation Institute in Brick.

Additionally, the network has more than 160 patient care locations throughout the state which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, fitness and wellness centers, rehabilitation centers, and urgent care and after-hours centers. Hackensack Meridian Health has 33,000 team members, and 6,500 physicians and is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy, committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

The network's notable distinctions include having one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more consecutive years, four hospitals among the top 10 in New Jersey, including Hackensack University Medical Center which is ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and World Report. Other honors include consistently achieving Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, recipient of the John M. Eisenberg Award for Patient Safety and Quality from The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum, a six-time recipient of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For," one of the "20 Best Workplaces in Health Care" in the nation, and the number one "Best Place to Work for Women." Hackensack Meridian Health is a member of AllSpire Health Partners, an interstate consortium of leading health systems, to focus on the sharing of best practices in clinical care and achieving efficiencies.

For additional information, please visit


John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, and preventive care as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancers. The 14 specialized divisions covering the complete spectrum of cancer care have developed a close-knit team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. Housed within Hackensack University Medical Center, a 775-bed not-for-profit teaching, tertiary care, and research hospital, John Theurer Cancer Center provides state-of-the-art technological advances, compassionate care, research innovations, medical expertise, and a full range of aftercare services that distinguish John Theurer Cancer Center from other facilities. For additional information, please visit

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