Letter from Chair

Jefferson Medical College
Department of Medical Oncology

834 Chestnut Street 
Benjamin Franklin House, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-4367

Welcome to the Department of Medical Oncology

The mission of Jefferson's Department of Medical Oncology is:

  • to provide state-of-the-art care in our discipline while simultaneously working to improve the state-of-the-art through clinical and bench investigation, advancing the field rather than simply adopting the work of others;
  • to ensure that our patients will be the beneficiaries of outstanding care provided in a warm, compassionate, and stress reducing environment;
  • to provide physicians in training and medical students with an education reflective of high standards; to conduct ourselves as role models whom they can emulate, and to help instill in them a similar passion to always strive to be the best physicians they can be.
Dr. Flomenberg

In order to accomplish these mission elements, the Department of Medical Oncology works closely with the Kimmel Cancer Center, other participants in the Cancer Service Line, and the Division of Hematology in its clinical, research, and educational activities.

Oncologists in the Department of Medical Oncology at Jefferson often evaluate and treat patients with cancer through a multidisciplinary approach, with Jefferson physicians in nearly every medical specialty to provide personalized, holistic care. Our nationally renowned cancer experts provide care for patients with all types of cancers, ranging from common cancers such as lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers and lymphomas to far less common cancers such asmelanomas originating in the eye and sarcomas. Our physicians and scientists are nationally and internationally renowned for their expertise in cancer care and research and are considered key-opinion leaders in their respective subspecialties. Jefferson's philosophy emphasizes basic science and translational research as a platform for the cutting edge practice of oncology.

At any given time, there are more than 120 clinical trials for promising new cancer treatments and diagnostic methods being conducted at Jefferson. Innovative therapies are being evaluated through collaboration with the National Cancer Institute, various pharmaceutical companies and programs developed within our department and/or the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Vaccine development and other forms of immunotherapy are under active investigation. Our medical oncologists also perform autologous and allogeneic bone marrow transplantations for selected forms of cancer.

Jefferson's Medical Oncology cancer care happens throughout the City of Philadelphia. In center city we are located within the Jefferson campus, in South Philadelphia at both Methodist Hospital and The Navy Yard, and in the Northeast at Nazareth Hospital. The department evaluates over 3,500 newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year. Our experts have helped prepare roadmaps for care incorporating both novel, leading-edge treatments as well as tried and true therapies as appropriate for the particular clinical circumstances. These roadmaps help to ensure that every patient receives the same high level of care throughout our department.  We are endeavoring to make care more available to our patients by keeping our center city site open into the early evening and on weekends. We will be launching an urgent care program in 2012 in an effort to increase availability to our patients when new issues arise, helping to avoid trips to the emergency room whenever safe and appropriate to do so.

Training the next generation of physicians and scientists including the next generation of thought leaders is an important part of our mission. The Hematology/ Medical Oncology Fellowship Program trains physicians in a multi-disciplinary, research-based, patient-oriented approach to the practice of medical oncology. Our physicians provide didactic training and serve as role models for our students, residents, and fellows allowing them to develop their clinical and investigative skills under the watchful eye of a seasoned practitioner.

In all our efforts, our goal is to provide the best available today while making sure something even better is available tomorrow.

Neal Flomenberg, MD

Professor & Chair, Department of Medical Oncology
Clinical Deputy Director, Kimmel Cancer Center
Thomas Jefferson University & Hospitals