Alexandra S. Heerdt, MD, MPH, FACS

About Me

I am a board-certified surgeon with clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. I am investigating the use of exercise to help control weight gain in women who are undergoing chemotherapy and to help prevent lymphedema in women. I am also involved in training young physicians in ways to communicate with patients and their families in a sensitive and productive manner.

  • Clinical Expertise: Breast Disease
  • Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2007-2010; 2013-2018)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Jefferson Medical College
  • Residencies: General Surgery - New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Sloan Kettering Institute
  • Board Certifications: Surgery

See My Colleagues


 Book Chapters
“Diagnosis of hernias of the abdominal wall.” Heerdt AS, Wantz GE. In:  Current Diagnosis. 8th ed. Conn RB, ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1991.

“Insertion of mediport catheters.” Heerdt AS. In: Multidisciplinary Atlas of Breast Surgery. Kinne DW, ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1997.

“Risk factors, screening, and prevention.” Heerdt A. In: Breast Diseases.  Borgen PI, Hill ADK, eds. Georgetown: Landes Bioscience; 2000.

“Breast cancer.” McCormick B, Hudis C, Heerdt A, Borgen P, Dershaw DD, Tan LK, Perez CA, Taylor ME. In: Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology. 3rd ed. Hoskins WJ, Perez CA, Young RC, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins; 2000.

“The surgeon’s perspective on MRI of the breast.”  Heerdt AS. In: Breast MRI: Diagnosis and Intervention. Morris EA, Liberman L, eds. New York: Springer; 2005: 273-279.

“Communication in surgical oncology.” Heerdt AS, Park B, Boland P.  In: Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care. Kissane DW, Bulitz BW, Butow P, Finlay I, eds. New York: Oxford UP; 2011


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Clinical Trials

As home to one of the world’s top cancer research centers, Memorial Sloan Kettering is typically involved in more than 900 clinical trials at a given time. Currently, clinical trials focused on the conditions I treat are enrolling new patients. If you’re interested in joining a clinical trial, click to learn about the trial’s purpose, eligibility criteria, and how to get more information.

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