“Dr. Evens’ leadership skills and clinical expertise complement the mission of Rutgers Cancer Institute – the state’s only NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – in delivering the highest quality of cancer care. His role in enhancing integrated cancer care in concert with RWJBarnabas Health, will promote the growth of clinical research and clinical services that will enable us to further address the oncology needs of the state of New Jersey and beyond,” notes Rutgers Cancer Institute Director Steven K. Libutti, MD, FACS, who is also senior vice president of oncology services for RWJBarnabas Health and vice chancellor for cancer programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
“I look forward to helping enhance the clinical mission of both Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health. By further emphasizing the strengths of our collective advanced clinical offerings and exploring innovative opportunities for improved and additional cancer care services, we will have a valuable impact on oncology outcomes for patients across the region,” shares Evens.
Evens is a physician scientist internationally known for his expertise in the biology, prognosis, and treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. Over the past 15 years, he has been the principal investigator for more than 75 cancer clinical trials focused on the treatment of lymphoma. Along with investigation of the biology of this disease, Evens also has a continuing research interest in lymphoma epidemiology and health outcomes. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Most recently, Evens was on faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center, where he also served as chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology and was a professor of medicine. He is a core member of the Hodgkin Lymphoma Working Group for the NIH/NCI Steering Committee and has been the principal investigator for several national clinical trials with the cooperative group ECOG-ACRIN, including those focused on high-risk follicular lymphoma (E2408, NCT01216683) and newly diagnosed Hodgkin lymphoma (S0816, NCT00822120). Evens is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) and is also involved in a number of collaborations and educational events with colleagues throughout the nation and internationally.
Having graduated with honors from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Evens completed an internal medicine residency at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois and served an additional year as chief medical resident. He subsequently completed a hematology/oncology fellowship at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has published more than 100 manuscripts in a number of peer-reviewed journals and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is an associate editor for the British Journal of Haematology.
About Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Rutgers Cancer Institute, along with its partner RWJBarnabas Health, offers the most advanced cancer treatment options including clinical trials and novel therapeutics such as precision medicine and immunotherapy – many of which are not available at other facilities across the state. Patients have access to these cutting-edge therapies throughout the state at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey in New Brunswick, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey at University Hospital in Newark, as well as at RWJBarnabas Health.
Along with world-class treatment, which is often fueled by on-site research conducted in Rutgers Cancer Institute laboratories, patients and their families also can seek cancer preventative services and education resources throughout the Rutgers Cancer Institute and RWJBarnabas Health footprint statewide. To make a tax-deductible gift to support the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, call 848-932-8013 or visit www.cinj.org/giving. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCINJ.
About RWJBarnabas Health
RWJBarnabas Health is the largest, most comprehensive health care system in New Jersey, with a service area covering nine counties with five million people. The system includes eleven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, RWJUH in New Brunswick, RWJUH Somerset in Somerville, RWJUH Hamilton, RWJUH Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals and a leading pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers (Children’s Specialized Hospital) with its multiple outpatient centers, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.
RWJBarnabas Health is New Jersey’s largest private employer – with more than 33,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and 1,000 residents and interns – and routinely captures national awards for outstanding quality and safety. RWJBarnabas Health recently announced a partnership with Rutgers University to create New Jersey’s largest academic health care system. The collaboration will align RWJBarnabas Health with Rutgers’ education, research and clinical activities, including those at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.