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Franz O Smith MD,FACS

Franz O. Smith, MD,FACS

  • Surgery-General | Surgery-Oncology
  • Member of RWJBH Medical Group
Languages Spoken English, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish
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    Chief Academic Officer, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center
    Northern Lead, Melanoma and Soft Tissue Oncology Program
    Medical Director, The Melanoma Center, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

    Franz Omar Smith, MD, FACS, is a fellowship trained surgeon certified in advanced complex surgical oncology and general surgery. He has expertise in cutaneous oncology and sarcoma, as well as breast cancer. Dr. Smith sees patients at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Clara Maass Medical Center, and Jersey City Medical Center. He embraces the multi-disciplinary approach to cancer care at RWJBarnabas Health by providing an individualized treatment plan for each of his patients. During his residency Dr. Smith completed a three-year clinical research fellowship in Tumor Immunotherapy and Surgical Oncology in the Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The focus of his research was on high dose Interleukin-2, tumor vaccines and cell-based therapies for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Upon graduation from residency he completed a two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center/ University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.

    Dr. Smith has published numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters and presents at national meetings. In addition to his clinical responsibilities Dr. Smith is the Chief Academic Officer at Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center. Dr. Smith has been recognized by the American Cancer Society for his outstanding outcomes, dedication to quality, and commitment to service excellence. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, Association of Academic Surgery, and American Society of Breast Surgery.

    Professional Membership:

    • Society of Surgical Oncology
    • American College of Surgeons
    • Association of Program Directors in Surgery
    • American Society of Breast Surgery
    • Association of Academic Surgery
    • Society of Black Academic Surgeons

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    Clinical Interests

    Clinical Interests: General surgery, breast cancer, melanoma, sarcoma, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, thyroid/parathyroid, laparoscopic surgery, and clinical trials

  • Medical School

    University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica


    Long Island Jewish/North Shore Universit Hospitals, New Hyde Park, NY, 2003


    Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ, 2005


    Saint Barnabas Medical Center, NJ, Livingston, NJ, 2011


    NCI, National Institute of Health, Tumor Immunology and Surgical Oncology, Bethesda, MD, 2006


    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, Surgical Oncology, Tampa, FL, 2013


    Masters in Academic Medicine (MAcM), Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California


    Masters of Applied Science (MAS) in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins Univ


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Professions Education, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions (in p

    Title:Falconer HG Case Report: Gestational Trophoblastic disease presenting as hemiparesis in a teenager
    Authors:Gokula RM, Smith FO
    Publisher:West Indian Medical Journal
    Date:2002 Jun
    Issue:57(136)Vol 2
    Title:Risk of bowel perforations in patients receiving high dose Interleukin-2 after therapy with anti-CTLA 4 monoclonal antibody
    Authors:Smith FO, Downey SG, Klapper JA, Levy CL, Rosenberg SA
    Publisher:Journal of Immunotherapy
    Date:2007 Jan
    Title:Prognostic factors related to clinical response in patients with metatastic melanoma trated by CTL-associated antigen-4 blockade
    Authors:Downey SG, Klapper JA, Smith FO, Yang JC, Sherry RM, Royal RE, Kammula US, Highes MS, Allen TE, Levy CL, Yellin M, Nichol G, White DE, Steinberg SM, Rosenberg SA
    Publisher:Clinical Cancer Research
    Date:2007 Nov 15
    Title:High-dose interleukin-2 for the treatment of metastatic renal cell carcinoma: a retrospective analysis of response and survival in patients treated in the surgery branch at the National Cancer Institute between 1986 and 2006
    Authors:Klapper JA, Smith FO, Downey SG, Yang JC, Hughes MS, Kammula US, Sherry RM, Rotal RE, Steinberg SM, Rosenberg SA
    Date:2008 Jul 15
    Issue:113(2): 293-301
    Title:Treatment of metastatic melanoma using interleukin-2 alone or in conjunction with vaccines
    Authors:Smith FO, Downey SG, Klapper JA, Yang JC, Sherry RM, Royal RE, Kammula US, Huges MS, Resitfo NP, Levy CL, White DE, Steinberg SM, Rosenberg SA
    Publisher:Clinical Cancer Research
    Date:2008 Sep 1
    Issue:14(17): 5610-8
    Title:Adoptive cell therapy for patients with metastatic melanoma: evaluation of intensive myeloablative chemoratiation preparative regimens
    Authors:Dudley ME, Yang JC, Sherry R, Hughes MS, Royal R, Kammula U, Robbins PF, Huang J, Citirin DE, Leitman SF, Wunderlich J, Restifo NP, Thomasian A, Downey SG, SMith FO, Klapper JA, Moron K, Laurencot C, White DE, Rosenberg SA
    Publisher:Journal of Clinical Oncology
    Date:2008 Nov 10
    Issue:26(32): 5233-9
    Title:Single pass closed rapid expansion system for lymphocyte cultures for adoptive cell therapy
    Authors:Klapper JA, Thomasian AA, Smith DM, Gorgas CC, Smith FO, Wunderlich JR, Smith F, Dudley ME, Rosenberg SA
    Publisher:Journal of Immunologic Methods
    Date:2009 Jun 30
    Issue:32(8): 870-4
    Title:Gene Therapy with high avidity human and mouse T cell receptors breaks tolerance and elicits cancer regression
    Authors:Johnson LA, Morgan RAA, Dudley ME, Cassard L, Yang JC, HUghes MS, Kammula US, Royal RE, Sherry RM, Wunderlich JR, Lee CR, Zhao Y, Cohen CJ, Restifo NP, Smith FO, Cogdill AP, Zheng Z, Bishop RJ, Kim HJ, Brewer CC, Rudy SF, Vanwaes C, Davis JL, Mathur A, Ripley RT, Nathan DA, Laurencot CM, Rosenberg SA
    Date:2009 Jul 16
    Issue:114(3): 535-46
    Title:Impact of a Recombinant Fowlpox Vaccine on the Efficacy of Adoptive Cell Therapy with Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in a Patient with Metastatic Melanoma
    Authors:Smith FO, Klapper JA, Wunderlich J, Rosenberg SA, Dudley ME
    Publisher:Journal of Immunotherapy
    Date:2009 Oct
    Issue:32(8): 870-4
    Title:Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocyte (TIL) Therapy for Metastatic Melanoma: Analysis of Tumors Resected for TIL
    Authors:Goff SL, Smith FO, FLapper JA, Rosenberg SA, Dudley ME
    Date:2010 Oct
    Issue:33(8): 840-7
    Title:Thoracic Metastasectomy for Melanoma Immunotherapy
    Authors:Klapper JA, Davis JL, Smith FO, Ripley RT
    Publisher:Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery
    Date:2010 Dec
    Issue:140(6): 1276-82
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