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Atlantic Health System Appoints Lawrence Harrison, MD, Chief of Atlantic Surgical Oncology

July 26, 2016

Leading Surgical Oncologist to Head New Physician Group at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers

July 26, 2016, Morristown and Summit, NJ – Atlantic Health System is proud to announce the arrival of Lawrence Harrison, MD to the Atlantic Medical Group staff of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Centers at both Morristown Medical Center and Overlook Medical Center in Summit.  Dr. Harrison is a fellowship-trained surgical oncologist who will serve as chief of a new Atlantic Medical Group specialty practice called Atlantic Surgical Oncology.  He joins Atlantic Medical Group surgical oncologists Kai Bickenbach, MD and Eric Whitman, MD; and Lee Starker, MD, who will join Atlantic Surgical Oncology in August. 

One of the most experienced surgical oncologists in New Jersey, Dr. Harrison has been a surgical innovator since finishing fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  He has extensive training in novel surgical techniques, including in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy, or HIPEC, which is a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery.

“I look forward to working with Drs. Bickenbach, Whitman, and Starker to develop and provide a comprehensive, state of the art surgical oncology service across the entire Atlantic Health System community,” said Dr. Harrison.  “It is my expectation, that with the high-level physician talent we have, combined with the resources of the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, we will quickly become the premier surgical oncology group in New Jersey.”

Prior to joining Atlantic Surgical Oncology, Dr. Harrison served as director of surgical oncology at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood where he developed expertise in robotic surgery; performing more than 200 complex robotic surgical procedures.  In addition, he was director of the Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgical Fellowship.  Previously, he was Associate Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at University Hospital in Newark for 12 years.  In addition to his clinical practice, he was involved in research and taught medical residents and students.

Atlantic Surgical Oncology offers two locations and phone numbers: Morristown Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 4th floor, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown and phone number 973-971-7092; and Overlook Medical Center, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 6th floor, 99 Beauvoir Avenue, Summit and phone number 908-522-6429.

Atlantic Surgical Oncology physicians provide expert surgical oncology care across a broad spectrum of surgically treated cancers, focusing on upper gastrointestinal, hepatic, biliary, pancreatic, gastric, skin and connective tissue (sarcoma) malignancies. The physicians work closely with medical and radiation oncology specialists to create true multidisciplinary care centers within Atlantic Medical Group at the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center.  

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System, headquartered in Morristown, New Jersey, is one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey. Atlantic Health System has created a Trusted Network of Caring™.  Our promise to our communities is that anyone who enters our system will receive the right care, at the right quality, at the right time, at the right place and at the right cost. Our network includes Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ; Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ; Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ; Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ; and Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, as well as Atlantic Rehabilitation, and Atlantic Home Care and Hospice. It also includes its subsidiary, Atlantic Ambulance Corporation. Atlantic Health System comprises 1,599 licensed beds, more than 14,000 employees and more than 4,000 physicians. Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University; a Major Clinical Affiliate of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; part of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization, one of the largest ACOs in the nation, and is a member of AllSpire Health Partners.
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