Experts for Media - Cancer - Adult Oncology

Edward Chu, MD, MMS                                                                 Edward Chu

Director, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Vice President, Cancer Medicine at Montefiore Health System
Interim Chair, Department of Oncology
Professor, Department of Medicine Oncology and Molecular Phamacology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Chu is an NIH-funded basic, translational, and clinical investigator, and clinical oncologist, with a long history of developing and leading phase I and phase II clinical trials, particularly for colorectal cancer and other gastroenterology cancers. His research has also focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying drug resistance. Additionally, he has studied Chinese herbal medicine and its integration with standard care with the goal of improving outcomes and reducing the toxic side effects of chemotherapy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Colorectal cancer research & treatment
  • Cancer pharmacology & drug development
  • Chinese herbal medicine & chemotherapy side effects
Selected Media Coverage

The Cancer Letter, BronxNet, BronxNet


Shalom Kalnicki, MD

Chair and Associate Director, Clinical Affairs, Montefiore Einstein Cancer 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

Westchester Magazine, HealthDay, The Wall Street Journal

Chandan Guha, MBBS, PhDChandan Guha, MBBS, PhD

Associate Director, Innovation/Tech Transfer
Vice Chairman, Radiation Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center

Professor of Pathology and Urology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Targeted delivery of chemotherapy and immunotherapies for cancer
  • Cancer radiation treatment dosage and standards

Selected Media Coverage

OncLive

Sheldon M. Feldman, MDSheldon M. Feldman

Chief, Division of Breast Surgery and Surgical Oncology and
Director, Breast Cancer Services
Professor of Clinical Surgery, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Feldman leads the breast surgery and breast surgical oncology program at Montefiore. Since 2003, he has been recognized annually as one of New York Metro Area's "Top Doctors" and since 2004, he has also been included in the annual "Guide to America's Top Surgeons."

Dr. Feldman is a recognized leader in the development of innovative minimally invasive techniques to diagnose breast cancer. He also leads extensive research into the causes of breast cancer with the goal of being able to diagnose earlier and more effectively.

Areas of Expertise

  • New surgical and minimally invasive breast cancer treatments
  • Lymphedema expert
  • Skin-sparing and nipple-preserving mastectomies
  • Clinical trials focused on the application of ductoscopy for the imaging, diagnosis and treatment of patients with ductal carcinoma, the most common type of breast cancer

Selected Media Coverage

NPR, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal

Fernando Camacho, MD

Fernando J. Camacho, MD

Director, Community Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Attending Physician & Medical Oncology and Oncology/Hematology at Montefiore

Dr. Camacho, is an accomplished medical oncologist with more than 30 years of experience serving the Bronx. He specializes in addressing the barriers that prevent oncology and benign hematology patients and families from accessing quality health care. The mission of the Community Oncology program is to provide access to preventative and state of the art cancer care and research through education, community outreach, physician engagement, and he is also is fluent in Spanish.

Areas of Expertise

  • Health inequlities in cancer care
  • Access to clinical research for minorities
  • Solid tumors and hematological malignancies

Selected Media Coverage

BronxNet TV, U.S. News & World Report, Dialogo Abierto

Alyson B. Moadel-Robblee, PhDAlyson B. Moadel-Robblee, PhD

Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement,
Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center

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


Dr. Moadel-Robblee 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 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
  • Emotionally and mentally preparing for cancer treatments and survivorship
  • Novel support programs for those impacted by cancer and tips for patients and loved ones on how to cope with the disease
  • Research on cancer management (e.g. impact of yoga of cancer survivorship)

Selected Media Coverage

CBS News, U.S. News & World Report

Balazs Halmos, MDBalazs Halmos

Associate Director, Clinical Science, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Attending Physician & Medical Oncology and Oncology/Hematology 
(Oncology & Hematology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Halmos is an authority in the management of patients with malignancies of the thoracic cavity such as lung cancer, gastroensophageal cancer and thymoma. His research interests are focused on studies of targeted agents for the treatment of thoracic malignancies as well as translational studies aimed at different aspects of lung cancer biology such as oncogenic tyrosine kinase targeting, resistance to chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapeutics. He oversees the thoracic clinical trials program and spearheads the effort to develop guidelines for genetic testing for cancer patients of different anatomic sites to implement a personalized cancer medicine approach.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lung cancer detection & treatment
  • Precision medicine
  • COVID-19 & cancer

Selected Media Coverage

The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, OncLive

Amit K. Verma, MBBSAmit K. Verma

Associate Director, Translational Science, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Director, Division of Hemato-Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center

Professor, Department of Medicine (Oncology), Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology, Albert Einstein
College of Medicine 


Dr. Verma is a blood cancer expert, who specializes in the research and treatment of blood cancers.

Areas of Expertise

  • Blood cancer detection & treatment
  • 9/11 associated cancers
  • COVID-19 & cancer

Selected Media Coverage

The New York Times, United Press International



Ana R. Acuna-Villaorduna, MDAna Acunda-Villaorduna, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology and Oncology & Hematology,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Division of Solid Tumors – GI oncology / Phase 1 trials

Dr. Acuña Villaorduña is a medical oncologist. She earned a 2020 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigator Award with her proposal, “A Phase II study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of sirolimus in subjects with metastatic, mismatch-repair deficient solid tumors after immunotherapy.” She was also the recipient of the 2020 Montefiore Einstein Young Research Investigators Prize. Dr. Acuña-Villaorduña is fluent in Spanish.

Areas of Expertise
  • Colorectal cancer research & treatments
  • Colorectal cancer inequities

Selected Media Coverage

Univision, Dialogo Abierto, OncLive



Jesus D. Anampa Mesias, MD, MSJesus D. Anampa Mesias

Medical Oncologist, at Montefiore and The Phase 1 Liason for Breast Oncology
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Medical Oncology & Hematology) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Anampa is a breast medical oncologist and a member of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis (TMEM) research program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which focuses on targeting the tumor microenvironment as a mechanism to prevent the spread of breast cancer.
He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys participating in bilingual community activities about cancer prevention and treatment in the Bronx.

Areas of Expertise

  • Breast cancer research and treatment
  • Tumor microenvironment
Selected Media Coverage

News12 Bronx, News12 Bronx, Univision, Univision, HITN


Brendon M. Stiles, MDBrendon M. Stiles

Associate Director for Surgical Services, Montefiore Einstein Cancer Center
Professor and Chief, Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Oncology, Department of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery at Montefiore-Einstein

Dr. Stiles’ clinical focus is on the treatment of lung and esophageal cancer and on neoadjuvant immunotherapy. Taking a patient-first philosophy, Dr. Stiles provides world-class personalized care, using minimally invasive, organ-sparing techniques and targeting surgical therapy to the specific needs of the patient and his or her individual tumor.

Areas of Expertise

  • Lung cancer detection & treatment
  • Patient advocacy
  • Lung cancer screening inequities
Selected Media Coverage

Cure Today, SurvivorNet, Bronx Voice, page 12



Nicole Nevadunsky, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health and Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Dr. Nicole Nevadunsky conducts translational research that enables her to deliver the highest quality care for her patients. She specializes in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers. Recent clinical studies have evaluated palliative care in improving quality of life in patients with high risk primary or recurrent gynecologic malignancies; and physical activity interventions for endometrial cancer survivors.

Areas of Expertise

  • Gynecologic cancers
  • Women's health
  • Hospice & palliative medicine
  • HPV; cervical cancer screening and care

Selected Media Coverage

Self.com