HACKENSACK, N.J. -- The Department of Surgery and the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center recently announced breast surgeon Tara Balija has joined its team.
Balija specializes in breast surgical oncology and embraces a multidisciplinary approach when it comes to caring for her patients to optimize outcomes. Balija also will serve as the director of a new program within the Division of Breast Surgery called Cancer Risk Evaluation. The program provides assessment, surveillance and management for patients who have a higher risk of developing breast cancer.
“At HackensackUMC, we are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible, and Dr. Balija shares those same goals,” said Robert Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Dr. Balija has an outstanding reputation as an advocate for her patients, and we are glad to have her advocating on behalf of the HackensackUMC’s breast cancer patients.”
Balija joins HackensackUMC after completing her general surgery residency at Rutgers' Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and her fellowship training in breast surgical oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Balija received her undergraduate degree from Columbia University and medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, both in New York City.
“I think communication between patients and their physician teams is essential to providing quality patient care and outcomes,” Balija said. “I am thrilled to be a part of the HackensackUMC family and look forward to continue bringing excellent care to my patients in a multidisciplinary fashion.”
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