MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper Receives National Recognition for Rectal Cancer Care

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper’s Rectal Cancer Program has been accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC). MD Anderson at Cooper is the first and only hospital in NJ, and one of only 29 hospitals in the U.S., to achieve this honor.

Steven J McClane, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Steven J McClane, MD, FACS, FASCRS

“MD Anderson at Cooper is honored to be among a small number of rectal cancer programs in the country to have earned this accreditation which is a result of our entire multidisciplinary team’s commitment to excellence,” said Steven J. McClane, MD, FACS, FASCRS, Head, Division of Colorectal Surgery and Director of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Program at MD Anderson at Cooper.

NAPRC accreditation is awarded by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer to rectal cancer programs that take a multidisciplinary team approach to care and meet exacting standards for continuous quality improvement, evidence-based treatment, and surgical expertise. Programs seeking this prestigious recognition undergo a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance and compliance with NAPRC Standards.

“It is with great pride that MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper earns another national recognition.  This accreditation is the gold standard for clinical excellence in the treatment of rectal cancer. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper team is honored to be the first in New Jersey and among a select few hospitals nationwide to earn this elite distinction,” said Kevin O’Dowd, JD, co-CEO of Cooper.

“Our goal at MD Anderson at Cooper is to transform cancer care for patients in the state and region, and this latest milestone is a testament to the commitment of our team to provide advanced cancer care to our patients,” said  Anthony J. Mazzarelli, MD, JD, MBE,  Co-CEO of Cooper.

As a full integrated clinical partner of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the nation’s top cancer hospitals, MD Anderson at Cooper offers a full range of prevention and treatment options for rectal cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies. MD Anderson at Cooper’s multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, colon and rectal surgeons, oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and other cancer specialists collaborate to develop and implement a personalized treatment plan for each patient.

About MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is South Jersey’s leading cancer center. Through our partnership with MD Anderson Cancer Center – a world-renowned cancer center – our patients have access to advanced cancer treatments. Our multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to cancer care combines the expertise of our highly skilled cancer specialists with innovative diagnostic and treatment technologies and groundbreaking clinical trials.

MD Anderson at Cooper takes a disease-site-specific approach to cancer care. Experts from every area of cancer medicine work together to provide each patient with outstanding care from diagnosis to treatment, recovery, and beyond. Patients also have access to our full range of supportive care services throughout their cancer journey. Learn more at


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