Lung Cancer Has Met Its Match
The new Lung Nodule Center at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township provides continuation of care for high-risk patients who have been diagnosed with a lung nodule. Lung nodules are defined as abnormal spots or lesions on a lung scan. High-risk patients include individuals age 50-77 who have a tobacco-smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (meaning they smoked the equivalent of a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 years, or about two packs per day for 15 years); as well as those who are either currently smoking or have quit less than 15 years ago.
Jefferson's Lung Nodule team provides state-of-the-art medical care for lung nodules. Jefferson's team of experts will diagnose the severity of nodules through a unique approach involving detailed evaluation and discussion of imaging results and patient health history.
By providing patients with personalized and compassionate care, Jefferson’s advanced approach allows all services to be provided in a single visit. Patients considered to be at high-risk for lung cancer should talk to their primary care physician about referral to the Lung Nodule Center. The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township is a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center through the American College of Radiology (ACR) and a Lung Cancer Alliance Screening Center of Excellence.
A 2006 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Christopher Bariana completed his General Surgery Residency (as Chief Resident) at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (then UMDNJ-SOM) in June 2011. He underwent Fellowship training in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH, and is board certified in General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery through the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS). A resident of Mullica Hill, NJ, Dr. Bariana currently serves as Medical Director of Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Esophageal, and Foregut Disease for Jefferson Health – New Jersey.
Dr. Duane Monteith is a 2002 graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He completed a General Surgery Residency at the State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center in Brooklyn, NY, serving as Chief Resident in 2006-2007. Dr. Monteith also undertook three-year Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship training at New York University Medical Center in New York City (2008-2011). Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Dr. Monteith serves as Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology and is also a member of several professional organizations, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgical Society, and the Medical Society of New Jersey, among others. He resides in Southampton, NJ.
Dr. Nicole Scivoletti-Polan is a member of the Kennedy Health Alliance, and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care. A 2007 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Dr. Scivoletti-Polan completed Fellowship training in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care in 2013 through Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). She holds memberships in the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Physicians.
A graduate of Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, AZ, Dr. Jay Kirkham completed a Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in 2017. Dr. Kirkham also completed his Internship and Residency at RowanSOM, and holds a master’s degree in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the NJ Association of Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons.
Dr. Jason Becker is a Fellowship-trained Pulmonologist/Critical Care physician with the Kennedy Health Alliance. He received his medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, NY, and completed his Internship and Residency at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Dr. Becker is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. He holds memberships in the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists.
Dr. Neveen Malik is a graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Medicine specializing in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship, Residency, and Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine, Dr. Malik is a member of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the American College of Osteopathic Internists. In 2015, she won the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) Teacher of the Year Award.
Dr. Marc Mongeau is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine. He completed his Traditional Osteopathic Rotating Internships as Chief Hospital Intern at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and Our Lady of Lourdes. Dr. Mongeau was also an Internal Medicine Resident at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), Jefferson Health Stratford Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes.
Emma-Ruth Paz-Querubin, APN, NP-C, is a Nurse Practitioner with the Lung Nodule Center located at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township. A licensed Advance Practice Nurse (APN) with Paz-Querbin has more than 20 years experience in her field, and holds certification in chemotherapy and biotherapy treatment administration. She joined Jefferson Health - New Jersey from Hackensack (NJ) University Medical Center. Previously, she had also worked with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in East Orange, NJ, and as an Oncology RN/Charge Nurse at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston, TX. Paz-Querubin is a member of the Academy of American Nurse Practitioners and the Oncology Nursing Society.
Accreditation Makes a Difference
Designated Screening Centers of Excellence commit to comply with comprehensive standards based on best practices developed by professional bodies such as the American College of Radiology (ACR), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the International Early Lung Cancer Action Program (I-ELCAP) for controlling screening quality, radiation dose and diagnostic procedures within an experienced, multi-disciplinary clinical setting. SCOE also commit to provide clear information based on current evidence on who is a candidate for lung cancer screening.