Our Team

Dr. Goy


Chairman and Executive Director, Lymphoma Division Chief, John Theurer Cancer Center
Chief Science Officer and Director of Research and Innovation, Regional Cancer Care Associates
Professor of Medicine, Georgetown University

Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., is an internationally renowned clinician and researcher of all types of lymphoma, including Hodgkin’s disease, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and HIV-associated lymphoma. As chief of John Theurer Cancer Center’s Division of Lymphoma, he leads New Jersey’s largest program for research, treatment and management of lymphoma. Dr. Goy has trained and/or worked at some of the world’s leading medical institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, University Hospitals Group of Paris and The Pasteur Institute.

Dr. Pecora


Chief Innovations Officer, Hackensack Meridian Health
Professor and Vice President of Cancer Services, John Theurer Cancer Center

When Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.P.E., joined John Theurer Cancer Center, he elevated cancer care to the department level and reorganized cancer services into 14 separate divisions. His accomplishments include the aggressive recruitment of leading oncologists from all over the United States, the addition of innovative basic research and clinical trials, the expansion of patient care services, and the acquisition of new state-of-the-art technology that has helped make the John Theurer Cancer Center one of that nation’s top 50 best cancer centers – the only one in New Jersey with this designation.

Laura Kudlacik

RN, BSN Vice President, Oncology


Brenda Hurtubise

MPA Vice President, Operations


Mehmet Tuna

RT Director, Cancer Center Operations

Oncology Services (Inpatient)

Our Nursing Leadership

Ramonita JimenezRamonita Jimenez

DNP, MPA, BSN, RN, NE-BC, Administrator, Patient Care Services; Inpatient Surgical, Medical and Oncology Units; Float Pool, Staffing Office, Rapid Response Team (RRT) and Alternate Care Sites

Meet Ramonita

 

 

Acieta SmallAcieta Small

DNP, MSA, RN, NE-BC, Administrative Director of Nursing, Medicine, Surgery and Oncology

Meet Acieta

 

 

Our Healthcare Team

When you come to John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center for your cancer care, we put together the team of experts that you need to most effectively treat your cancer and support you during and after treatment. Each member of your team works seamlessly with the others to ensure you receive coordinated, comprehensive care.

Cancer Surgeons (Surgical Oncologists)
Most people with solid tumors see a cancer surgeon (surgical oncologist) first to determine if the cancer can be removed. Your surgeon has specialized training and experience in the treatment of your cancer. Our cancer surgeons use minimally invasive surgery whenever appropriate, resulting in smaller incisions and a speedier recovery.

Medical Oncologists
These doctors have advanced training in the care of people with cancer using chemotherapy, immunotherapy, targeted therapies, and other medications designed to kill cancer cells or inhibit cancer growth. Your medical oncologist is also educated about the side effects of anticancer therapies and chooses the drugs that are likely to be best for you, knowing your cancer type and stage and your overall health.

Radiation Oncologists
Radiation oncologists work with radiation dosimetrists and medical physicists to tailor a plan of radiation therapy that is most effective for treating your cancer while causing as few side effects as possible. We use the most precise radiation therapy technologies available today.

Radiologists
Radiologists are key members of your team because they read imaging scans (such as x-rays, ultrasound, CT, and MRI scans) to diagnose cancer and monitor how well you are responding to treatment. Interventional radiologists perform specialized procedures—such as biopsies, stent insertion into blocked ducts, and removal of excess fluid—with the guidance of imaging technologies.

Pathologists
Pathologists are doctors with advanced training in the analysis of tissue and blood samples. Their interpretation of your test results is critical for ensuring you receive an accurate diagnosis so you can be matched with the most appropriate treatment.

Nurse Navigators
Cancer treatment can be a lengthy process, requiring multiple appointments with different specialists. Our nurse navigators are here to assist you during your journey by helping with the scheduling of appointments and tests and acting as a point of contact between the various members of your healthcare team.

Advanced Practice Nurses
Our oncology nurses and nurse practitioners have advanced training in the care of people with cancer. They understand the potential side effects of various cancer treatments and provide vital support and education for you and your family throughout every stage of your care. 

Research Nurses
John Theurer Cancer Center conducts more clinical trials than any other cancer center in New Jersey. Research nurses have special training in the care of patients enrolled in clinical trials. They will explain to you what you can expect from a clinical trial and take care of your needs during the study.

Social Workers
Social workers provide a multitude of services for you and your family members, ranging from psychosocial support to guidance on practical matters. Social workers can help you navigate through the challenges that a cancer diagnosis can bring to your life and the lives of your loved ones. They can also connect you with resources in your community to make your experience with cancer a little easier.

Nutritionists
It is important to maintain a healthy diet during cancer treatment, but it’s not always easy. Our nutritional support staff provides counseling and support to address your nutritional needs during and after cancer therapy to ensure you stay as strong as possible.

Integrative Health Practitioners
Through our Cancer Wellness Program, we offer supervised exercise, yoga, education, and support throughout your journey. Our goal is to treat all of you, not just your disease.

Palliative Medicine Providers
Palliative care starts at the very moment you learn you have cancer. Our palliative care specialists work with you to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during cancer therapy, discussing your needs and preferences to relieve symptoms such as pain, anxiety, stress, sleep problems, fatigue, and other side effects of cancer care.

Pastoral Care
Our Pastoral Support team meets the spiritual needs of you and your family, especially as it relates to your cancer and your personal spiritual path.

Sexual Health Experts
The treatment of some cancers, such as urologic and gynecologic cancers, can have effects on sexual health. Our sexual health specialists are available to you and your partner to address your concerns.