Health & Wellness

Atlantic Health System Promotes Eric Whitman, MD to Lead Carol G. Simon Cancer Center

April 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM

Eric Whitman, MD, has been promoted and selected to serve as medical director of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, located at the Morristown and Overlook medical center campuses, as well as the Atlantic Health System (AHS) oncology service line.

In this role, Dr. Whitman will provide physician leadership to improve quality, expand the depth and breadth of services and improve efficiencies in oncology services at all AHS campuses. Dr. Whitman and Lydia Nadeau, director, Oncology Services, AHS, will work together to build on a strong foundation for oncology services. They will be supported in this endeavor by Steven Papish, MD, medical director, Morristown Medical Center campus, and Dennis Lowenthal, MD, medical director, Overlook Medical Center campus, and will continue to collaborate with Newton Medical Center and Michael Gallagher, MD, director, Sparta Cancer Center.

“Dr. Whitman was chosen unanimously by a search committee that included representatives from the three campuses, key oncology disciplines and a community representative,” says Alan Lieber, president, Overlook Medical Center. “He articulated  a compelling vision to unify the cancer centers and create truly differentiated services.”

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Whitman also will develop disease-specific clinical and research centers of excellence to build on those that already exist for women's cancer, men’s cancer, melanoma, and more.

“I plan to continue to develop our cancer center into a world-class institution," Whitman said. "Amid the opportunity and challenge of implementing the Affordable Care Act, our cancer centers will become leaders in the adoption of evidence-based, cost-effective, personalized cancer care."

Since joining AHS in 2004, Dr. Whitman has served as the founding director for the Atlantic Melanoma Center and the medical director for the Atlantic Center for Research. He will remain in these roles and will continue as acting research officer for AHS.

Dr. Whitman came to AHS from St. Louis, Missouri, where he was a faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine and, later, while in private practice founded the Melanoma Center of St. Louis. Before that, he served as a senior staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Whitman graduated from Haverford College and then received his medical degree from Pennsylvania State University, where he also completed general surgery residency training with a surgery research fellowship. He is a certified physician investigator and is widely published, as well as an accomplished speaker known internationally for his melanoma clinical and research work.

Follow Dr. Whitman on Twitter @Melanoma_doctor. 

Learn more about the healing culture at Overlook’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center (video link).

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