Breast Cancer, Genetics & Genomics – What You Need to Know



Breast Cancer, Genetics & Genomics – What You Need to Know will be available for virtual viewing via livestream, and recorded for post-viewing. Topics will focus on breast cancer, genetics, genomics, and what you need to know in today’s changing medical landscape.

All presentations will be streamed from the Hope Tower Conference Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center.



HOPE Tower at Jersey Shore University Medical Center
John K. Lloyd Amphitheater
19 Davis Avenue
Neptune, NJ 07753



5:30 pm • Refreshments & Networking


5:55 pm • Introduction by Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D., FACS, Moderator


6:00 pm • Featured Presentations

Genetics and Genomics – What’s the difference?

Nicole Salvatore, Genetics Counselor

Financial Concerns and Resources 

Cristina Turner, Oncology Social Worker

Stress Management and Resiliency for the patient with Cancer

David Leopold, M.D., Network Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine

Genetic Risk Factors – Who Should be Screened and Why?

Prapti Shingala, M.D., University Radiology

New treatments: Immunotherapy Stress Management and Resiliency for the patient with Cancer

Ruchi Bhatt, D.O., Hackensack Meridian Health


6:55 pm • Q&A Session


Meet Our Host

Hackensack Meridian Health

Denise L. Johnson Miller, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon and is fellowship trained in surgical oncology. As a nationally recognized breast surgeon, she specializes in breast cancer, melanoma surgery, and soft tissue tumors. Dr. Johnson Miller is currently developing clinical translation trials in support of oncology drug testing, as well as an in-depth genetic testing program for multidisciplinary cancer risk screening in breast cancer.

Dr. Johnson Miller is also a member of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) accreditation committee for Hackensack Meridian Health, and holds high academic standing as the Clinical Professor of Surgery at Seton Hall Medical School and Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at Rutgers Medical School. Dr. Johnson Miller is interested in the following specialties: accelerated partial breast irradiation, autologous “tissue flap” breast reconstruction, and skin and nipple sparing mastectomies.

Meet Our Presenters

Ruchi Bhatt, D.O.

Ruchi Bhatt, D.O., is a fellowship trained hematologist oncologist. She treats patients with a variety of malignancies and benign hematology conditions. Dr. Bhatt is a member of several professional associations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, American College of Osteopathic Internal Medicine and American Osteopathic Association. She is proficient in Gujarati, Hindi and entry level medical Spanish.

Dr. Bhatt participates in our case presentation conferences, where multiple oncology specialists meet to discuss patient treatment options, tailored to the needs of each patient.


David C. Leopold, M.D.

Diplomate American Board of Family Medicine, Diplomate American Board of Integrative Medicine

  • Network Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health &Medicine
  • Co-Director (Clinical Lead) of Nutrition, Metabolism and Digestion at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University
  • Human Dimension Leadership Team at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University:
    • Developed extensive foundational components of the HD curriculum, linking the fundamentals of health, wellness and nutrition directly to outcomes as important determinants of health.
  • Medical Supervisor of the Behavioral Health Home Treatment Team
    • Offers a team-based clinical approach to individuals with multiple chronic health conditions, including mental health and substance use disorders.

Special interest in Integrative Medical approaches to:

  • Pain Management
  • Cancer Care
  • Cancer Survivorship
  • Behavioral Health & Medicine
  • Chronic Disease

After completing his medical residency at the University of Southern California and Board Certification in Family Medicine, Dr. Leopold completed Fellowship in Integrative Medicine and Integrative Pain Management at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. He completed training as a physician acupuncturist and has practiced medical acupuncture for over 16 years. He was among the first recipients of the Bravewell Scholarship for Integrative Medicine and completed a two-year Fellowship at the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine under the guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil. In February 2016, Dr. Leopold completed Duke University’s Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare.

Prior to its dissolution he was a Diplomate of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management .

Dr. Leopold has lectured nationally on subjects related to Integrative Medicine including Integrative Pain Management, Integrative Cancer Care and Integrative Approaches to Cancer Survivorship.

He has authored and co-authored multiple chapters in various medical textbooks including Cancer Related Pain: Integrative Medical Approaches and Integrative Medicine in Palliative Care. He has been a contributing author for multiple public media sources.


Nicole Salvatore

Nicole Salvatore is a cancer genetic counselor at JSUMC and OMC. She has worked here for 5.5 years. She has a masters of genetic counseling from Long Island University and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counselors. She meets with patients with personal and/or family history of cancer to discuss how family and medical histories may impact their risk of cancer and which genetic tests may or may not be right for them.


Prapti Y. Shingala, M.D.

Prapti Y. Shingala, M.D. is a Board Certified Radiologist who joined University Radiology in 2019 in our Women’s Imaging division. She attended Rutgers University for her BS degree and went onto Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School for her medical degree. She continued on with Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for her internship in Internal Medicine. She completed her Residency in Radiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson where she was Chief Resident. Dr. Shingala completed her Fellowship in Breast and Body Imaging at Weill Cornell / New York Presbyterian.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Shingala serves on the Radiological Society of New Jersey Executive Committee as the Young Physician Alternate Councilor. Dr. Shingala resides in Central NJ and works at many of our University Radiology locations providing image interpretation in the women’s imaging sub-specialty.


Cristina Turner

Bio coming soon…

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