“Making a Difference”

Thanks to a $1 million gift from the Westfield-based Glasser Foundation, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center is under development on the fifth floor of Overlook Medical Center. Additional fund-raising efforts by the Overlook Foundation on behalf of the center will help revolutionize the diagnosis, treatment, and support of over 1,000 patients annually and provide for clinical trials and research that will transform the future care of brain tumor patients nationwide.

Brain tumors do not discriminate, affecting young and old alike. Treatment for both benign and malignant brain tumors requires complex coordination of care and support from a variety of physicians, nurses, and therapists and generally includes a host of tests, procedures, and therapies over the course of months or years.

As part of the Atlantic Neuroscience Institute at Overlook, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center will be located adjacent to the institute’s outpatient center, the neuroscience inpatient unit, and the neuroscience critical care unit, affording patients the ease of receiving all consultations, testing, and care in one area. This dedicated space will include a private waiting room, physician offices, and consultation rooms, as well as spots for a research nurse and nurse navigator.

“A brain tumor diagnosis is a traumatic event,” acknowledges neuro-oncologist Kurt Jaeckle, M.D., who joined Overlook last fall after 16 years at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and seven years at MD Anderson Cancer Center previously. “We understand that, and we’re always working to give patients the chance to stay one step ahead of their disease.”

Dr. Jaeckle is co-directing the program with neurosurgeon Yaron Moshel, M.D., Ph.D. who adds, “No one has a coordinated team like we do. Each individual person here is awesome, but as a team, we achieve something truly wonderful.” A 2014 addition to Overlook’s neurosurgical team and Atlantic NeuroSurgical Specialists (New Jersey’s largest private neurosurgical practice), Dr. Moshel also serves as clinical assistant professor of neurosurgery at NYU Medical Center.

Locally, the Gerald J. Glasser Brain Tumor Center is positioned to provide the exceptional, comprehensive, and compassionate care that every patient deserves, close to home. Nationally, the results of planned clinical trials and research will transform the way brain tumors are diagnosed and treated. And a gift to support the development and ongoing expansion of this program will benefit patients now and for generations to come.