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Experts for Media - Cancer - Adult Oncology

Steven K. Libutti, MD

Director, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care, Montefiore Medical Center

Vice-Chairman, Department of Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

The Marvin L. Gliedman, M.D. Distinguished Surgeon, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor of Surgery and Genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Associate Director for Clinical Services, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Dr. Libutti is one of the pioneers of regional and targeted cancer therapy as well as an internationally recognized surgical oncologist and endocrine surgeon. His clinical expertise is in the management of malignancies of the liver, pancreas, and GI tract, and in applying laparoscopic surgery to managing patients with malignancies. He also provides surgical consultation and treatment for patients with disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

Areas of Expertise

  • Endocrine surgery
  • Liver, pancreas and GI tract malignancies
  • Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal gland disorders

Selected Media Coverage

New York Times, Crains New York, CNN

Shalom Kalnicki, MD

Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Kalnicki focuses on researching and implementing new technologies in the radiation treatment of cancer, with the aim of enhancing the dose to the tumor target while preserving normal tissues from radiation injury, potentially increasing tumor control and improving quality of life. His research has implications for radiation treatment planning and techniques used for most clinical situations in radiation oncology, including brain, head and neck, thoracic, upper abdominal and pelvic malignancies.

Areas of Expertise

  • IMRT
  • IGRT
  • Tumor imaging with PET/CT fusion techniques
  • Radiation therapy for head and neck cancers, prostate cancer, and breast cancer

Selected Media Coverage

New York Times

Roman Perez-Soler, MD

Chairman, Department of Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center

Chief, Medical Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Department of Medicine (Oncology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Perez-Soler’s interest focuses on lung cancer and the development of inhalational therapeutics for treatment of this disease. He is a leading researcher in liposomal drug delivery with over 20 years’ experience in this area. Dr. Perez-Soler’s investigations have examined the development of liposomal platinum, anthracycline and retinoic acid antineoplastic compounds. He has received numerous awards for his accomplishments, particularly in lung cancer research, and is considered an international cancer expert in experimental cancer therapy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lung cancer
  • Inhalation therapy
  • Medical oncology
  • Experimental cancer therapies

Selected Media Coverage

HealthDay News, Wall Street Journal

Chandan Guha, MB, BS, PhD

Vice Chairman, Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Department of Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Guha is a radiation oncologist who specializes in prostate, genitourinary, liver and GI malignancies, and radiosurgery. His research interests include development of stem-cell based therapies to treat radiation-induced toxicity and prevent death in patients.

Areas of Expertise

  • Prostate, genitourinary, liver and GI malignancies
  • Radiosurgery
  • Cell transplantation to repair radiation injury
  • Liver irradiation in preparation for liver cell transplantation

Selected Media Coverage

Richard V. Smith, MD

Vice Chairman, Department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Director, Head and Neck Service, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor of Pathology and Surgery and Co-Director, Upper Aerodigestive Tract Research Group, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Smith's areas of expertise include Head and Neck Cancer Surgery, Robotic Head and Neck Surgery, Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery, Salivary Gland Surgery, Minimally Invasive Head and Neck Surgery. His research focus is on identifying genetic and biologic aspects of head and neck cancer which correlate with a patient’s prognosis, the goal of which is to help determine the optimal treatment for an individual patient to maximize their chance of cure and minimize treatment related side effects.

Areas of Expertise

  • Surgical treatment of head and neck cancers
  • Robotic head and neck surgery
  • Minimally invasive head and neck surgery
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

Selected Media Coverage

NY Daily News, Ivanhoe News

Joseph Sparano, MD

Associate Chairman of Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Department of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Women’s Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Sparano is Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and specializes in treatment of breast cancer, lymphoma, and HIV-associated cancer. Dr. Sparano’s areas of expertise also include phase I-III clinical trials, developmental therapeutics, and clinical application of genomic profiling. He currently serves as the study chair of TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment), the first NCI-sponsored trial integrating a gene expression assay in clinical decision making.

Areas of Expertise

  • Breast cancer
  • Lymphoma
  • HIV- associated cancer
  • Obesity’s link to cancer
  • Phase I-III clinical trials
  • Clinical application of genomic profiling

Selected Media Coverage

New York Times, Science Daily

Leslie Montgomery, MD

Chief, Division of Breast Surgery, Department of Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Montgomery is an internationally recognized, board certified surgical oncologist specializing in breast cancer. Her research interests include: preoperative therapy trials to assess how a patient's breast cancer in the breast, underarm lymph nodes and metastatic disease will react to treatment. She also conducts research investigating new approaches to minimize lymphedema for patients who require removal of the underarm lymph nodes.

Areas of Expertise

  • Breast cancer
  • Lymphoma

Selected Media Coverage

Web MD

Peter Shamamian, MD

Chief, Division of General Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Director, Pancreas and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Professor of Clinical Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Shamamian is a clinical specialist and researcher in pancreatic diseases. His areas of expertise include pancreatitis (acute and chronic) and pancreatic neoplasms (benign and malignant). He has a special interest in minimally-invasive and laparoscopic operative alternatives to treat these diseases.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic tumors (benign and malignant)

David Geller, MD

Director, Sarcoma and Soft-Tissue Oncology Service, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Geller is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in musculoskeletal oncology and joint replacement, and his practice encompasses adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Geller’s research interests include surface receptor expression in osteosarcoma and potential targeted therapies for the treatment of osteosarcoma. He has developed a novel murine xenograft model for osteosarcoma for the evaluation of surgical margins in osseous tumor surgery. His research additionally includes allograft bone reconstruction techniques, resonance frequency changes during joint reconstruction and pain management in the elderly orthopaedic population.

Areas of Expertise

  • Musculoskeletal oncology and joint replacement (adult and pediatric)

Selected Media Coverage

CBS Local

Evan Garfein, MD

Attending Surgeon, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)

Assistant Professor, Department of Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Dr. Garfein is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Montefiore. He is the founder of the In It Together Fund, which helps breast cancer patients with the business of daily life while they are recovering from reconstructive surgery regardless of their financial situation. He is also the co-author of legislation adopted in NY state that requires physicians to inform all breast cancer patients of their breast reconstruction options, regardless of their economic status.

Areas of Expertise

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Microsurgery and reconstructive surgery (inc. head and neck, lower extremity, abdominal wall)
  • Breast cancer patient advocacy

Selected Media Coverage

CBS News, New York Times

Alyson Moadel, PhD

Director, Psychosocial Oncology Program, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Associate Professor, Clinical Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Moadel is a health psychologist who leads programs designed to help patients and their families cope with the psychological and emotional effects of cancer and cancer treatment. Her Bronx Oncology Living Daily (B.O.L.D. Living) program, sponsored by a grant from the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/Walk, offers a variety of free support, educational, and mind-body workshops designed to empower and nurture cancer patients, survivors, and loved ones. Workshops feature fitness/nutrition, mind-body programs, creative arts and more.

Areas of Expertise

  • Psychosocial support for adult cancer patients

Selected Media Coverage

ABC News, Spry Living