James C. Salwitz, MD

Medical Oncology, Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Languages: English

Internal Medicine, The McGraw Medical Center of Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Rutgers Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
Jersey’s Best, Top Doctor; Jersey Choice, Top Doctor; New Jersey Monthly, Top Doctor; Inside Jersey Magazine, Top Doctor; Castle Connolly Top Doctors: New York Metro Area; American Cancer Society Award, Partners in Caring; Volunteer Faculty 25th Anniversary Award, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; New Jersey Center for Home Health Development, Physician of the Year; Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Certification of Excellence in Teaching; Karen Ann Quinlan Award for Palliative Care
RWJ Barnabas Health System – Quality Committee, Strategic Committee; Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – Bioethics Committee, Finance Committee, Pastoral Care Committee, Strategic Planning Committee; Health Advisory Council, City of East Brunswick, NJ
Oncology, Division of Cancer Treatment, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
President, Medical Staff-Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ; Board Member – RWJUH Hospital, RWJBarnabas Health System, New Jersey Medical Society, Middlesex County Medical Society, The Amy Feinman Behar Foundation for Cancer Prevention; Strive & Thrive Yoga Foundation

“I chose to pursue the field of oncology because it gave me the opportunity to help and change the lives of people with cancer. I am compelled to cancer care, as my patients inspire me to change my community, one person at a time. I strive to take the role of a caring teacher and resource for you and your family, and I hope to provide balance, courage, and safety throughout your entire cancer journey. I ensure that every appointment is guided with a calm and supportive environment, and hope to offer realistic hope for the future.”

Patient Reviews

  • "Excellent doctors!!"
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-18)
  • "At age 64, I cannot think of an all around finer doctor of any kind who has treated me for any ailment, big or small. And if you’re reading this, you know big doesn’t even begin to describe cancer. From initial diffuse B cell lymphoma diagnosis in 1/23 through my last round of very intense chemotherapy (which ultimately resulted in a clean scan!) 5/23 and now my continuing care, he’s akin to a lighthouse which in its quiet unassuming manner continually shining its bright light as reassurance to the captain/crew that they are a safe distance from the shore. Dr S. is the unassuming continually shining bright light when it comes to managing my treatment. Not enough space for all the adjectives I could use, but here’s some that I truly value/appreciate. 1. Expert knowledge without you having to jargon you a lot to prove to you he’s good and knows what he’s talking about. Quiet confidence is very reassuring. 2. Direct and upfront, and takes as much stress off as one could when managing expectations , whether for a component of the treatment or its entirety. Empathetic, genuinely caring and thoughtful . 3. A role model for bedside manner. You don’t see ‘soft skills’ on pretty much any resume, yet it is one of the most invaluable skills anywhere and for cancer treatment, second only to the medicine/treatment itself. From experience, I know you can’t teach this skill. Has a lot to do with personality, listening and communication (both verbal and non-verbal). Has all those and more, refined and developed over time. 4. Last one I’m going to talk about, but nowhere, the least is positivity. I’m a positive individual by nature, and the best way I can describe it, is Dr S acts as a multiplier. I do have to say one more very important and integral aspect to my great care. Any doctor cannot execute without having an equally able support staff behind him in all facets. Everyone I worked with at Astera, demonstrated the same high-level of care, compassion, ability and knowledge. For those who know the long running sitcom of Cheers, it’s comforting (ironic for cancer, yet accurate for Astera 😀) to walk into a place where everybody knows your name! That’s a small sampling about my past and present, cancer treatment Honestly though, what can anyone say that would be enough to express the gratitude for not only saving their life, but in the process make them an even better person, than, THANK YOU, I WILL BE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL FOR SAVING MY LIFE (and for giving me the opportunity to own a dream car 😀)."
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-10)
  • "Friendly and wonderful staff. Dr. Salwitz is a very smart and informative physician!"
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-06)
  • "The place is very clean first of all. The people there were nice. Dr. Salwitz took his time with me and explained what is happening and that's what I like in a doctor."
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-05)
  • "Compassionit caring Dr. Listens intently and explains things in detail to relax your mind. Highly recommend Dr Salwitz."
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-03)
  • "One of the most knowledgeable doctors that’s kind and caring. He generally is interested in you as a person and your health concerns. He has been treating me for 9 years and I’m better off now than before"
      5.0 Stars - (2024-04-03)
  • "The new facility is beautiful and clean. The office employees are personable and efficient. Dr. James Salwitz is kind and a wonderful doctor with a very nice personality."
      5.0 Stars - (2024-03-23)
  • "Dr. James Salwitz and his staff are amazing!!!"
      5.0 Stars - (2024-03-23)
  • "Dr Salwitz and his team is amazing! Very clean office, warm and welcoming team members. Dr Salwitz makes you comfortable and most of all takes time to listen to your concerns in details. Excellent !!!"
      5.0 Stars - (2024-03-23)
  • "Dr. Salwitz is always compassionate and shows genuine concern for you both as a person and a cancer patient. Appointments run on time, new facility is bright and cheerful. I always feel comfortable."
      5.0 Stars - (2024-03-20)