A Multitude of Team-based Oncology Services Offered in One Compassionate Setting
The new Medical Oncology program at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township provides comprehensive preventative cancer care. Along with the new Infusion Suite, the medical oncology services offered are chemotherapy, immunotherapy, cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and supportive care.
Now, patients who have cancer, or are at-risk for cancer, can receive medical oncology services, radiation oncology services, and supportive and wellness care all in one compassionate setting.
Led by Ana Maria López, MD, MPH, MACP, Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township, our medical oncology specialists treat patients through a multidisciplinary approach, providing personalized, holistic care.
This state-of-the-art, patient-centered program also provides well-coordinated, team-based care for the highest quality outcomes. The multidisciplinary Medical Oncology team includes medical oncologists, clinical nurses, infusion suite nurses, nurse navigators, medical assistants, and supportive administrative staff, who are all fully engaged for the benefit of the patient.
Our dedicated cancer experts provide care for patients with all types of cancers, including cancers of the lung, colon and rectum, breast, pancreas, stomach, esophagus, prostate, bladder, and head and neck, as well as melanoma, lymphoma and multiple and uveal myeloma.
For more information on Medical Oncology services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township, please call 856-557-7900.
Chemotherapy is the process of using pharmaceutical drugs to treat and destroy cancer cells.
Chemotherapy is the most common form of cancer treatment. While surgery and radiation remove, damage or kill cancer cells in a specific area, chemotherapy can destroy cancer throughout the entire body.
The cancer killing drugs are delivered to the patient using an intravenous system such as an IV, port or PICC line and is therefore less invasive than surgery.
For more information on chemotherapy at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-557-7900.
The immune system is our bodies natural process for fighting off disease and illness. Immunotherapy is a cancer treatment that uses specific elements of your natural immunity to help fight cancer.
Immunotherapy stimulates your personal immune system to work harder and smarter to attack cancer cells, and also provides additional man-made chemical components to aid in the cancer fighting process.
In the last few decades immunotherapy has become an important part of treating some types of cancer. Newer types of immune treatments are now being studied, and they’ll impact how we treat cancer in the future.
For more information on immunotherapy at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-557-7900.
Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
What is genetic counseling?
Genetic counseling is a process by which a genetic specialist educates families about their risk of having an inherited disorder, as well as the testing, management, and screening options available for at-risk individuals.
What we offer through cancer genetic consultation and counseling:
- Careful review of a patient’s medical history, family history, and other risk factors
- Estimating the likelihood that cancers in the family are hereditary, and the patient’s individual risk of developing specific cancers
- Discussion of the benefits, limitations, and implications of genetic testing
- When appropriate, facilitating genetic testing for at risk individuals, and providing a detailed explanation of the results and their meaning
- Review of cancer screening and risk reduction recommendations tailored to the patient’s level of risk
- Opportunity to enroll in unique clinical trials, genetic testing studies, and cancer registries to further understand the genetics of cancer
Genetic counseling is not the same as genetic testing. If genetic testing is indicated, a well-informed patient can elect to undergo testing to more accurately estimate his or her cancer risks.
For more information about Cancer Genetics Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center — Washington Township or other cancer treatment services available, please call 856-557-7900.
Medical Director of Medical Oncology & Infusion Suite
Ana María López, MD, MPH, MACP
Vice Chair of Medical Oncology; Chief of Cancer Services at Jefferson Health - New Jersey; Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health
Dr. López is Vice Chair of Medical Oncology; Chief of Cancer Services at Jefferson Health - New Jersey; Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Jefferson Health. Dr. López joined Jefferson in 2018 from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was Director of Cancer Health Equality. A board-certified Medical Oncologist, she has extensive experience in in breast and gynecological cancers, integrative medicine, telehealth and cancer disparities. Currently, Dr. L López is President of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty organization in the U.S. Additionally, her strong commitment to cancer disparities is reflected in her leadership of the American Society of Clinical Oncology committee on cancer disparities. Her main areas of professional interest and expertise include cancer prevention, integrative oncology, and innovations in healthcare.
Medical Oncology Team
Anthony P. Scarpaci, MD
Director of Clinical Operations
A 2005 graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Scarpaci is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He completed both his Hematology/Oncology fellowship and Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH). In 2009, he was awarded Fellow of the Year at TJUH. Shortly after completing his residency, Dr. Scarpaci served as an Attending Physician at Einstein Medical Center, then spent almost five years at Abington Hospital - Jefferson Health. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Scarpaci’s passion for long-term management of patients with challenging diseases was a driving force in his decision to become an oncologist. He strives to be as open and conversational as possible with patients, helping them understand not only what’s going on medically, but also how it fits into their life, and how they can adapt.
Eduardo Fernandez, MD
A 1989 graduate of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), Dr. Fernandez is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. He completed both his Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Prior to joining the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Fernandez most recently worked at Lourdes Medical Associates Hematology/Oncology, where he served as Medical Director from 2016 to 2019; and Compassionate Care Hospice, where he served as Medical Director from 2009 to 2019. In 2013, Dr. Fernandez was honored with the Healing Spirit Award at Lourdes Medical Center. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association.
Joanne E. Filicko-O'Hara, MD
A 1992 graduate of the Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Dr. Filicko-O'Hara is board-certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology. She completed both her residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and has been in practice for more than 25 years. At Thomas Jefferson University, she serves as an Associate Professor and the Director for the combined fellowship program in Hematology and Medical Oncology. Dr. Filicko-O'Hara has been recognized repeatedly for her exceptional patient care by Castle Connolly in "America's Top Doctors for Cancer" and "Top Doctor - Hematology." Her research interests include stem cell transplantation for non-malignant disease, sickle cell anemia, and autoimmune disease.
Jon Glass, MD
A 1986 graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, Medical School, Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Glass is board-certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology. He completed his Internal Medicine internship at Kings County Hospital, his Neurology residency at Boston University Medical Center, and his Neuro-Oncology fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. In practice for more than 30 years, he has been named a "Top Doc" by Philadelphia Magazine numerous times. Dr. Glass serves as Professor and Division Director of the Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Group Lead for CNS tumors, at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Michael Rotkowitz, MD
A 2005 graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine, Dr. Rotkowitz is board-certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY, and his Hematology/Oncology Fellowship at the Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of several organizations, including the American Society of Hematology, the American Medical Association, and the Brooklyn Minority based Community Clinical Oncology Program. Dr. Rotkowitz says the most rewarding aspect of his job is developing long-standing relationships with patients and their families: “As the majority of the conditions I treat are chronic in nature, taking 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.”
Cassandra Leigh Thomas, MD
A 2009 graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, Dr. Thomas is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology. She completed both her Internal Medicine residency and Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, she worked for Virtua-Lourdes, Camden, and Delaware Clinical & Laboratory Physicians, P.A., in Newark, NJ. Dr. Thomas also spent several years as a hospitalist in the bone marrow transplant unit at TJUH. Between her undergraduate and medical school career, Thomas spent a year serving Teach for America as a seventh grade math teacher. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the American Medical Association.
Courtney Daniels, APN
Courtney Daniels, APN, a 2010 graduate, earned her BSN from La Salle University. While working in the Medical Oncology unit at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, she obtained her oncology nursing certification (OCN). She went on to become an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner — which she completed at Thomas Jefferson University in August 2019 — and is board-certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. She joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township Medical Oncology and Infusion Suite team in December 2019.
Gloria Jackson, APN
Gloria L. Jackson, DNP, BA, ANP-BC, AOCNP, a board-certified Adult and Oncology Nurse Practitioner, joined the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center - Washington Township in October 2019. Gloria previously held similar roles for the NIH National Cancer Institute, Abramson Cancer Center - Penn Medicine, Regional Cancer Care Associates, and other prominent health systems. Other certifications she holds include Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner, board-certified Adult Advanced Practice Nurse, chemotherapy administration, and basic cardiac life support.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University, Gloria has fulfilled various teaching and leadership roles over the years. For five years, she was an adjunct professor of nursing or the University of Pennsylvania. For three years, she worked for Cornell University as Assistant Director of State Programs, where she developed and implemented special programs for student retention. Gloria has been a presenter and content expert for several organizations, including the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, NIH Clinical Center, Oncology Nursing Society, and more. She is an avid member of the Oncology Nursing Society, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Cannabis Nurses Association.
Gina M. Keiffer, MD
A 2013 graduate of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Keiffer is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology and specializes in hematologic malignancies. Prior to her doctorate, she earned her B.S. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing her M.S. in Pharmacology in Human Investigation at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).
Dr. Keiffer completed both her residency and fellowship at TJU hospitals, where she participated in various committees – including Code Blue Committee and the Clinical Competency Committee – and led multiple lectures. In 2013, the health system awarded her with the Arnold R. Weitz Memorial Prize in Hematology for outstanding aptitude and interest in Hematology. In 2016, she served as Clinical Instructor, and now, she serves as Assistant Professor for the Department of Medical Oncology. Dr. Keiffer is currently an avid member of the American Society of Hematology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.