Arnold M. Baskies, MD, FACS, is a medical director at Virtua Health Systems in southern New Jersey, where he specializes in surgical oncology and general surgery. He trained at Boston University Medical Center and the Surgery Branch of the National Cancer Institute, NIH. He has extensive experience in all facets of general surgical problems, with special interests in the treatment of breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, thyroid cancer, melanoma, and parathyroid disease, and is a co-investigator in several national studies dealing with breast cancer prevention.
Throughout his professional career, he has earned recognition for his surgical work and health expertise, including being designated as a “Top Doctor” in South Jersey Magazine, the Newark Star Ledger, US News & World Reports, and Castle & Connelly, and was awarded the EPIC Award from the Institute for Nursing and the Patients’ Choice Award.
He was the first and only chairman of the NJ Governor’s Task Force on Early Detection, Prevention and Treatment of Cancer, having created and chaired the cancer control plan for the state since 2000, and served as a member of numerous societies, including the Society for the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Baskies has been involved with the American Cancer Society for 37 years. He was awarded the Society’s Silver Chalice Award in 1998, and the Society’s St. George National Award in 2009. He has held leadership positions at every level of the organization, including service as the first board scientific officer for the American Cancer Society Board of Directors in 2015, and the chief medical officer and chairman of the board of the Eastern Division. He presently serves as chair of the American Cancer Society Board of Directors, having served as a member of the Board since 2013.
He received a medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1975 and a bachelor of arts degree from Boston University College of Liberal Arts in 1971.