Get to Know Hematologist-Oncologist Dr. Michael Rotkowitz

September 30, 2019Michael Rotkowitz, MD

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township welcomes Michael Rotkowitz, MD, board-certified hematologist-oncologist, to its Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite.

What is a hematologist-oncologist?

A hematologist-oncologist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of blood diseases and cancers.

Why should potential patients choose the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township for Medical Oncology services?

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township offers a full range of comprehensive services for cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, support, follow-up, and survivorship. We provide patients with access to the latest developments in cancer research, technology, and treatment, close to home.

What services are offered at the Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite?

Patients have the ability to meet with their hematologist and/or medical oncologist and receive treatment within our center. We offer infusion services for the administration of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, transfusion services, and a full laboratory. Genetic consultation services are available, and our active Center for Hope & Healing provides many complimentary supportive care services to assist patients during their cancer journey. 

What are some recent advances in Medical Oncology that patients should know about?

Extraordinary progress continues to be made in our ability to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer. Genomic testing allows a personalized treatment approach to the unique characteristics of a patient’s cancer. Cancer immunotherapy can stimulate one’s own immune system to work harder and smarter to attack cancer cells. Improvements in palliative care allow us to focus on our patient’s nutrition, morale, support system, and overall well-being.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Developing long-standing relationships with patients and their families is the most rewarding part of my job. As the majority of the conditions I treat are chronic in nature, being able to take on the role of counselor, healer, and confidant brings me great joy. Working with such a comprehensive team here at Jefferson, I know that my patients have access to the latest developments in cancer care. My ability to add days to patients’ lives, and more so, add life to patients’ days, is what makes me excited to come to work every day.