Ocean Medical Center Physician Appointed To Commission On Cancer Position

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Ocean Medical Center Physician Appointed To Commission On Cancer Position

Dr. Bhandari Selected to Join National Network of Experts

Tarun Bhandari M.D., of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, received a three-year appointment as Cancer Liaison Physician for the cancer program at Ocean Medical Center. Cancer Liaison Physicians are an integral part of cancer programs accredited by American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer (CoC).

Dr. Bhandari is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who are responsible for providing leadership and direction to establish, maintain, and support their facilities' cancer program. Dr. Bhandari, who has a significant interest in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with malignant disease, is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at Ocean Medical Center, and institution which is dedicated to facilitating the delivery of comprehensive quality cancer care.

Ocean Medical Center's comprehensive cancer program includes a dedicated inpatient oncology unit, outpatient oncology/chemotherapy and infusion center, advanced radiation oncology with Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT), Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), and High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy. Patients have access to cancer clinical trails in affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network , and family risk levels for cancer can be identified working with the medical center's genetics specialists with the Hereditary Cancer Risk Genetics Program.

Cancer Liaison Physicians are responsible for spearheading CoC initiatives within the cancer program at Ocean Medical Center; collaborating with local agencies, such as the American Cancer Society; and facilitating quality improvement initiatives utilizing data submitted to the CoC's National Cancer Database. The CoC collects data from its accredited cancer programs and provides tools back to these facilities to facilitate the analysis of patterns of diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Bhandari is a board certified general surgeon who specializes in surgical oncology. He has offices in Point Pleasant and Toms River, New Jersey.

Ocean Medical Center, a member of the Meridian Health family, is a 281-bed non-profit community hospital located in Brick New Jersey, providing health care programs and services in all major medical disciplines, including maternity; oncology; orthopedics and rehabilitation; general, neurological, thoracic, and vascular surgery; cardiology; dialysis; and emergency and critical care services. The Medical Center features Magnet award winning nurses and is a proud affiliate of University of Pennsylvania Cancer Network. Ocean Medical Center also operates the state's first Satellite Emergency Department in Point Pleasant, called the Ocean Care Center. For more information, call the Meridian Health Line at 1-800-560-9990 or log on to our web site at www.OceanMedicalCenter.com.