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We asked more than 26,000 New Jersey doctors to tell us which of their fellow practitioners they consider New Jersey’s best doctors. The result: Our 2023 Jersey Choice list of the state’s 1,044 Top Doctors, as chosen by their peers. View our methodology, frequently asked questions and professional advisory board here.

Maithili V. Rao, MD

About Maithili V. Rao

Dr. Maithili Rao, Dr. Ashish Khot, and Dr. Joshua Strauss pride themselves on bringing integrated care to patients at Advanced Care Oncology & Hematology Associates, one of the premier practices of its kind in New Jersey.

“We have created a unique setting for consulting and treating patients at five major hospitals as well as at our state-of-the-art outpatient sites,” Dr. Rao says. “Our patients see world-class practitioners and have navigators to coordinate their care. We treat patients holistically, meeting both clinical and emotional needs.” With the group’s on-site clinical pharmacists and oncology nurse specialists at all locations, patients receive chemotherapy, iron infusions, and blood transfusions, and receive cutting-edge medical technology and laboratory services. The group also offers clinical trials, genetic counseling and testing, and palliative care services, enabling it to provide full 360-degree care while delivering individualized treatments.

Practice founder and Medical Director Dr. Rao has special interests in breast, gynaecological, thoracic, and gastrointestinal cancers and lymphomas. She is a prominent leader in oncology focusing on strategic growth, quality improvement, physician engagement, patient education and community oncology development projects.

Dr. Khot’s interests include management of patients with urological, gastrointestinal, and thoracic malignancies as well as various hematological diseases.

Dr. Khot has built a great practice base with dedication at multiple locations for the patients closer to their homes. “With a vast amount of data available in this field, we have implemented a targeted patient-centric approach that allows patients to make informed and satisfying decisions about their care,” he says. “We emphasize great communication between patients, their caregivers, and all the physicians involved to make their care seamless during this challenging journey.”

Dr. Strauss cares for patients with all types of malignancies and blood disorders, while keeping a special interest in gastrointestinal, thoracic, and genitourinary oncology. He lectures nationally on these topics. He is a fierce advocate for his patients, and he takes pride in providing them with complete care that is at once compassionate, modern, and individualized to their needs. “I enjoy learning about my patients, their families, and their values,” Dr. Strauss says. “This allows me to tailor my treatment and recommendations to their specific needs.” He maintains vibrant office practices in Morristown and Springfield and rounds at the affiliated hospitals.

The trio works in collaboration with Drs. Charlesse Pondt-Huannou, Ashish Shah, Anita Sultan, Matthew Stuart, Se young Han, Neil Nimkar, and Niyati Goradia; nurse practitioners Marlene Schmitz-Pinkowsky, Kari Sierant, Kathleen Escobia, Kimberly Koval, Lindsay Kellogg, Evangeline Stromeyer, Lisa Rouson, Jennifer Chieppa, and Morsal Mohammadi; and physician assistants Jessica Surloff, Daniella Greaves, Sijo Devasia, Jillian Conner, and Kelly O’Donnell.

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS: Morristown Medical Center; Overlook Medical Center, Summit; Hackettstown Medical Center; Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains; Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston; Saint Clare’s Medical Center, Denville.

MEDICAL TRAINING: Dr. Khot: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (residency); Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center (fellowship). Dr. Rao: Saint Barnabas Medical Center (chief resident); University of Rochester (fellowship). Dr. Strauss: New York University Medical Center (residency); New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (fellowship).