Einstein Experts

Cancer

Breast

Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Oncology)

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Associate Director, Clinical Research, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Associate Chairman, Medical Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Breast cancerClinical TrialsHIV-associated cancers

Dr. Sparano is a clinical researcher who develops and evaluates new treatment approaches for  breast cancer, lymphoma, and other cancers, including cancers associated with HIV infection. He also identifies genes that can be used to determine breast cancer prognosis and predict response to treatment – and that may be targeted in cancer as a treatment. He was involved in developing the Oncotype DCIS test, which provides patients with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast a score that predicts the likelihood of recurrence after surgery, allowing the treatment program to be individualized. Dr. Sparano is chair of the New York Cancer Consortium, a multicenter, clinical trials group that evaluates promising cancer therapies. He is also study chair of TAILORx (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment (Rx)), an NIH-sponsored trial assessing whether genes frequently associated with recurrence for women with early stage breast cancer can help in assigning patients to the most effective treatment. Dr. Sparano serves as chair of the Breast Committee and associate chair for Disease and Modality Oriented Research at the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, and Vice-Chair of the AIDS Malignancy Consortium, which develops new prevention and treatment strategies for cancers associated with HIV infection.  He is also a member of NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee, which provides oversight of breast cancer clinical research in the U.S. read more...

 
Childhood

Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Vice Chair and Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology), Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology , Einstein

Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

CancerPediatric oncologyPediatric sarcoma

Osteosarcoma

Dr. Gorlick is a pediatric oncologist specializing in sarcoma (a type of cancer that affects connective tissue) and an international leader in research on osteosarcoma, the most common bone cancer in children. Dr. Gorlick was instrumental in initiating the bone-tumor bank of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, and serves as Vice Chair of its Bone Tumor Disease Committee. read more...

 
Gynecologic

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Mark H. Einstein, M.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health (Gynecological Oncology), Einstein

Director, Clinical Research of Women's Health and Gynecologic Oncology, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Attending Physician, Gynecologic Oncology, Montefiore

Cervical cancerHuman papillomavirus (HPV)HPV vaccine

Gynecologic cancer

Dr. Einstein specializes in preventing and treating gynecologic cancers, particularly cervical cancer.  He has studied vaccines and other ways to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His expertise has been cited by The New York Times and CNN and he is active in policy-making on cervical cancer prevention with the World Health Organization, American Cancer Society and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. read more...

 
Head & neck

Marvin P. Fried, M.D.

Marvin P. Fried, M.D.

Professor and Chair, Otorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

CancerOtorhinolaryngology - Head & Neck SurgeryRhinology (nose and sinus)Laryngology (voice)Laser surgery

Dr. Fried is a recognized leader in nasal, sinus and throat disorders. His research has led to improvements in surgical techniques and patient safety. A former president of the American Rhinologic Society and the American Laryngological Association, Dr. Fried is coauthor of The Larynx, the definitive text on vocal restoration and rehabilitation that is used widely in medical schools across the nation. read more...

 
Liver

Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Professor, Surgery, Einstein

Chief, Transplantation, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation

Director, Hepatobiliary Cancer, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Liver diseasesTransplantationStem cell research

Liver cancer

Dr. Kinkhabwala is an active member of Einstein’s NIH-funded Marion Bessin Liver Research Center, where he is working to develop new treatments derived from stem cells for liver diseases, including liver cancer. An expert in complex liver surgery, including liver transplantation, he helped establish the Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, where physicians, surgeons, nurses and other clinicians work with scientists to deliver integrated care for patients with organ failure.   read more...

 
Prostate

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Human papillomavirus (HPV)Prostate cancer

Dr. Burk is an authority on the genomics and evolution of human papillomaviruses (HPV), which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His team was the first to report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that the vast majority of HPV infections in young women are short-lived and don’t require treatment. read more...

 
Surgery

Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Professor and Vice-Chair, Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Medical Center

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Associate Director, Clinical Services, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Cancer surgeryEndocrine surgeryGene therapy

Dr. Libutti is an expert in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery and a pioneer in tumor targeted gene therapy.  His laboratory studies tumors – particularly those of the pancreas, thyroid and adrenal glands – that trigger the formation of new blood vessels that allow tumors to grow and spread.  A holder of five U.S. patents, he is developing novel cancer therapies by studying the complex interactions that occur within the tumor microenvironment.  read more...

 
Tumor microenvironment

John S. Condeelis, Ph.D.

John S. Condeelis, Ph.D.

Professor and Co-Chair, Anatomy and Structural Biology

Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research

Co-Director, Gruss-Lipper Biophotonics Center

Scientific Director, Analytical Imaging Facility

Biomedical technologiesIntravital imagingTumor microenvironmentBreast cancerMetastasis

Dr. Condeelis is a pioneer in developing microscope techniques for use in “intravital imaging” – observing the behavior of cells in living animals. His work has led to a clinical test of biopsy tissue to determine whether a woman’s breast cancer will spread (metastasize), which could help determine treatment. Because of the test’s success, Dr. Condeelis and colleagues have licensed the patent rights to a biotech firm, which is developing the tissue test into a commercial product. read more...