Saint Peters University Hospital
Itzhak Avital, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS, is an established surgical oncologist and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Saint Peterâ€™s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. â€œDr. Avital is an experienced and innovative healthcare administratorâ€, said Ronald C. Rak, CEO of Saint Peterâ€™s Healthcare System, on Dr. Avitalâ€™s appointment as Chair of Surgery. â€œAmong his achievements he has constructed multidisciplinary disease management teams, built a clinical trial unit, established a research division, led cancer operations encompassing multiple hospitals, created tumor and gene banks, and led philanthropic efforts to support a cancer institute. We are thrilled he is hereâ€, he adds. Dr. Avital has 15 years of uniquely diversified experience in his specialty and a vast expertise in hepatobiliary surgery and hyper-thermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy treatment. Furthermore, Dr. Avital is the Executive Medical Director of The Bon Secours Cancer Institute in Virginia, which is dedicated to studying and applying the latest evidence-based treatments for cancer of the surface of the peritoneum, the tissue that makes up the inner lining of the abdomen. Dr. Avital performed the first hyper-thermic intraoperative peritoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) in central Virginia. In addition to his work with Saint Peterâ€™s University Hospital, Dr. Avital is the CEO and Executive Medical Director of P8Medicine in Virginia and Professor of Surgery at Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. He previously served as Head of the Gastroenterology and Hepatobiliary Malignancies Section, Surgery Branch, at the National Cancer Institute between 2006 and 2012. His international background includes his roles as Professor of Surgery at the Medical School of the University of Novi Sad in Serbia, Professor of Surgery at the Chinese National Colorectal Cancer Institute in Nanjing, China, and Visiting Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Hadassah Hospital in Israel. For more information about Itzhak Avital, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS.