Hackensack University Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Nabil Pierre Rizk

November 3, 2015 02:16 PM
Dr. Nabil Pierre Rizk

The Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) and the John Theurer Cancer Center welcome Nabil Pierre Rizk, M.D., M.S., MPH, to the HackensackUMC team as the new chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at HackensackUMC and the co-chief of Thoracic Oncology at the John Theurer Cancer Center.  Dr. Rizk specializes in thoracic surgery with a particular interest in lung cancers, esophageal cancers and mediastinal tumors.

“It is a privilege to have Dr. Rizk as a member of the HackensackUMC team,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network.  “Dr. Rizk’s extensive experience will undoubtedly further enhance the outstanding services provided with the Division of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology.”

Dr. Rizk joins HackensackUMC from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where he practiced as an associate attending physician for 15 years.  He is board-certified in thoracic surgery and general surgery. 

“I am looking forward to working together with the John Theurer Cancer Center and HackensackUMC’s team of professionals to continue to build upon a strong Division of Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology,” said Dr. Rizk. “I am particularly delighted to be joining the two surgeons already working at HackensackUMC: Dr. Nazly Shariati and Dr. Geoffrey Pelz. Dr. Shariati is an expert with extensive experience in the management of complex tumors of the lung and airway, and Dr. Pelz is a superb surgeon with a particular interest in minimally invasive approaches to diagnose and treat thoracic cancers.”

The Thoracic Oncology Division at the John Theurer Cancer Center and HackensackUMC is comprised of dedicated professionals who specialize in preventing, diagnosing and treating lung cancers and other malignancies of the chest, including cancers of the esophagus, thymus, and mediastinum (the space in the chest between the sacs containing the lungs). The team includes experts in medical oncology, radiation oncology, thoracic surgery, radiology, interventional radiology, pathology, pulmonology, nursing, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, and social work. The Thoracic Oncology Division is focused on providing a well-rounded patient experience by personalizing and tailoring treatment options to each patient.  They also ensure patients have all of the physical, emotional and social support services they will need to properly manage the disease.

“Our division is at the forefront of diagnosing and treating lung, esophageal and mediastinal cancers, and we are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients and to improving outcomes,” continued Dr. Rizk. “Our goal is to provide each of our patients with an individualized treatment plan using the latest expertise and our dedicated team of specialists.”

Dr. Rizk received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT.  He pursued his General Surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, followed by fellowship training in Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  In addition, Dr. Rizk completed an international fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a Cardiothoracic fellowship at New York Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Rizk also obtained a Master of Statistics and Clinical Research Methods as well as a Master of Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York City.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.     

About John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care, as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancer.

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. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, and access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise— all under one roof. Physicians at John Theurer Cancer Center are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups. For more information, please visit http://www.jtcancercenter.org.










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