Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center

Hackensack, NJ


Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital is a 105-bed acute care hospital located at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. The hospital provides quaternary care services for children including gene therapy for rare diseases, pediatric kidney transplantation, epilepsy surgery, and the only Blood and Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program in New Jersey for children with cancer and life-threatening genetic conditions. The Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI), out of Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health, has been named among the top 50 pediatric oncology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital, and it continues to reach patients and their families throughout New Jersey.

Housing Information

Housing arrangements are made through the social services department at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital.

There are 4 studio apartments in the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House that are available to families of children receiving care at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. These apartments are located directly across the street from the hospital. There is a $15.00 per night charge, but that fee can be waived for financial hardship. 

Contact information


30 Prospect Ave

Hackensack, NJ USA


Principal Investigator
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Dr. Derek Hanson is the Section Chief of Pediatric Neuro-oncology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. He completed his pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Hanson's clinical research interests include developing early phase clinical trials for pediatric brain tumors and treatment protocols for ETMR. His pediatric neuro-oncology lab focuses on translational research to bring new therapies for ETMR and ependymoma from the bench to the bedside.
Co-Principal Investigator
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist
Katharine Offer, MD attended medical school at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York. She completed her pediatric residency at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and completed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering/Weill Cornell Medicine. Katharine joined the division of pediatric hematology/oncology at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital of Hackensack Meridian Health in 2017.
Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist