Welcome to Cancer Surgery Associates

Our goal is to properly evaluate our patients for the best possible surgical care and techniques while navigating you towards treatment options and breakthroughs that will improve survival.

The Cancer Care You Deserve.


Meet Our Doctor

dr.donaldDonald A McCain M.D. Ph.D, F.A.C.S. is the Chief of Surgical Oncology (Dept. of surgery) and Vice Chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center and is a board certified surgical oncologist whose major interests are melanoma, gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, hepatobiliary cancer, sarcomas and micromatasteses.

  • American Cancer Society’s 39th Annual Diamond Ball- Medical Honoree, November 2018
  • America’s Top Surgeon Award 2018
  • Prestigious recognition in the 2018 Guide to America’s Top Surgeons
  • Top Doctor for Women’s Health 2017 – Inside Jersey & Castle Connolly
  • Vice Chairman of the John Theurer Cancer Center
  • Chief of Surgical Oncology Hackensack Medical Center
  • Executive Vice Chairman of Surgery, OR Operations and Efficiency, Dept of Surgery, Hackensack University Medical Center
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery UMDNJ
  • Trained at Memorial Sloan-Kettering  Cancer Center
  • Member of American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • Nobility in Science Award, National Pancreas Foundation 2016
  • Top Physicians New York Magazine 2013
  • Castle Connolly Top Directors New York  Metro Area 15th Edition 2012 – 2018
  • Top Doctor for Women’s Health 2013 – 2017, Inside Jersey & Castle Connolly
  • Inside NJ’s Top Doctors Award 2013 – 2017
  • Top Bergen Doctors 2010, 2017 Magazine
  • NJ Monthly’s  Top Doctors Award 2010, 2013 – 2017
  • America’s Top Oncologists – Surgical Oncologist 2010
  • Nurse’s Choice – Top Doctors, NJ State Nurses Association  2010
  • America’s  Top Physician 2007 award

Contact Us

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 8AM – 5PM



Google Reviews

  • review rating 5  As a testament to his skill and desire to heal, I am able to be with my family comfortably again. I have never been under the care of a more knowledgeable physician ever. From big to small, I have the utmost faith in him as does my family and friends. Thank you Dr. McCain.

    thumb Jack Crews

    review rating 5  I recently had a minor surgical procedure performed by Dr. McCain. He and his staff were wonderful to deal with, and made the experience a positive one on every level. I would absolutely recommend this wonderful team of professionals.

    thumb Carolyn Rose

    review rating 5  Dr McCain and his staff were wonderful - they took the extra time to answer all my questions and helped to lower my anxiety. The doctor's calm demeanor and patience helped me to feel comfortable and I knew I was in good hands

    thumb Julie Mark
  • review rating 5  DR McCain and his staff go above and beyond with the care of their patients. We were welcome like family from the first visit. DR McCain preformed two complicated surgeries that improved my quality of life. I would highly recommend this truly gifted surgeon.

    thumb Dennis Tosoni

    review rating 5  Dr. McCain is the best Cancer surgeon. I will trust him on any operation. My wife and I drove over 865 miles from Maine to have Dr Mc Cain operate on my cancer on my back. He did a wonderful job. Plus he is a gentleman and a very caring doctor. Robert and Linda Doyle from St. Agatha, ME

    thumb Robert Doyle

    review rating 5  Pink everywhere celebrating 7 yrs of being a breast cancer survivor and standing side by side with my sister also, a 14 yr surviver. We both are patients of Dr. McCain and were truly blessed to be recipients of his brilliance, surgical expertise, and empathy. Something I noticed immediately was the response of nurses and hospital staff when told I was his patient. There is an obvious “no nonsense” attitude. Dr McCain is very respected by his peers and as a result, me as a patient, received TOP care. When I go for my yearly mammogram EVERY time the staff comments on how amazed they are at my surgical site. He is truly the best a woman could ask for when facing this challenge in life.

    thumb Marie Parente
  • review rating 5  He saved my life. I was able to get an appointment quickly and surgery was scheduled a few weeks later to remove my cancer. The best of the best!

    thumb Jgags 75

    review rating 5  Dr. McCain truly amazing doctor. Highly recommended. Recently my father had surgery Dr. McCain performed amazing job. Truely gifted surgeon.

    thumb Agnes Lidwin

    review rating 5  As a testament to his skill and desire to heal, I am able to be with my family comfortably again. I have never been under the care of a more knowledgeable physician ever. From big to small, I have the utmost faith in him as does my family and friends. Thank you Dr. McCain.

    thumb Jack Crews
  • review rating 5  Dr. McCain did an amazing job with my mother in removing some non cancerous tumors. Her recovery time was less then 4 daus. He is the best

    thumb Carmen Rodriguez

Dr. Donald A. McCain is now officially a voluntary member of the VA New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange Campus.

As a way to give back to those who deserve it most, Dr. McCain will volunteer to provide Vets at the East Orange VA hospital with expertise cancer care.


Liver Tumors

Our current volume of liver surgery is 110 procedures per year(2005) with 58 segmental and loary resections and 52 ablations.

Breast Tumors

Insertion of new Mam mosite device for early stage breast cancer patients.


The incidence of cutaneous melanoma has increased over the last 25 years but may now be stabilizing.

Upper GI Tract

In the U.S there are approximately 21,7000 new cases of gastric cancer diagnosed each year and 12,800 deaths due to this disease are expected.


We have had extensive experience in the retroperitoneal and extremity sarcomas.

Robotic Surgery

In order to meet the demand for new,less invasive surgery,I am pleased to announce that I am now able to offer robotic-assisted surgery for Gi malignancies.

Colorectal Tumors

Both open and robotic colon resetions are performed on patiens with colorectal cancer.

Pancreatic Tumors

Small tumors of the ampulla are removed via a transduodenal approach while tumors of the head of the panceeas are resected using the Whipple procedure.



I just wanted to thank you so much for your care and compassion, especially with this last little episode with me… I thank you again for your skill, patience and concern. Having the BEST doctors supporting me has made these past 3 ½ years much easier to handle. Much Gratitude
Barbara L. – August 5 2014
Dear Dr. McCain + Staff,
There are no words to express my gratitude. Thank you for saving my husband’s life. I promise we will never forget this and we’ll pay I forward as best as we can! God Bless You!
Lori K. – June 2012
…the most wonderful surgeon with the best bedside manners and the greatest office staff around.
My Sincere Thanks
Dolores C
Dear Dr. McCain,
Thank you so much for seeing me so quickly. Your office staff is wonderful. They took the extra steps to make sure my tests were done immediately. When a patient has a problem there is nothing nicer than people who really take the time to care. Thanks to you…
Kathleen D
Dear Dr. McCain,
Over my professional career in the health care field, I have had the pleasure of talking with and getting to know hundreds of physicians personally. Occasionally, one stands above all others. You, Dr. McCain are such a man. There are no words to truly express my gratitude for your outstanding care, professionalism and obvious sincere concern for your patients physical and mental well-being. My diagnosis was devastating but I knew the instant I first met you that I was in excellent hands, those of not just a world-class surgeon but and sincere physician as well. Although your professional accolades and accomplishments speak for themselves, I felt the need to add a small note of heartfelt gratitude of my own. Additionally, I would be remiss if I did not say an added "Thank You" to your excellent staff. Their attention to detail and to my, and others in the waiting room, was second to none. They too helped make a most serious and sometimes scary time in my life a little less stressful. Sincerely, William M.
William M. – May 11 2018

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