MSK psychiatrist & psycho-oncologist Andrew Edelstein

Andrew Edelstein, MD

Psychiatrist & Psycho-Oncologist

Clinical Expertise

Psychotherapy for Cancer-Related Anxiety, Depression, and Difficulty Coping; Psychopharmacology for Psychiatric Conditions and Cancer-Related Syndromes; Working with Patients with Young Families; Treatment of General Psychiatric Conditions Worsened or Complicated by Cancer

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About Me

Education

MD, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Residencies

Psychiatry – NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Fellowships

Psychosomatic Medicine & Psycho-Oncology – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

I am a psychiatrist who specializes in psycho-oncology. This discipline focuses on helping people cope with the physical and emotional challenges of cancer. Although I see people with all forms of cancer, I have a particular interest in patients under the care of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Service and the Supportive Care Service.

After witnessing a family member’s journey with cancer at a young age, I enrolled in medical school with my sights set on becoming a medical oncologist. I was excited by the prospect of targeted molecular therapies. But my career took a different course when I fell in love with psychiatry. At Memorial Sloan Kettering, I am able to combine my two interests. I work within the rapidly growing world of cancer research and connect with patients emotionally as they go through perhaps the greatest challenge of their lives.

Much of my work incorporates meaning-centered psychotherapy (MCP), a technique developed at Memorial Sloan Kettering. After cancer diagnosis and treatment, people often fear losing their identities as well as any sense of a future. More often than not, they slowly recover from this profound demoralization over time. MCP can help them recover faster by revealing different avenues and sources of meaning in life. I use other techniques to explore internal conflict, challenge distorted thinking, and problem solve. These may include psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapies.

As a psychiatrist, I believe in judicious use of medication. These interventions can address the physical, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms that may be holding someone back from living their life fully. This barrier can be due to a psychiatric condition they had before their cancer diagnosis or one that has emerged during treatment.

Awards and Honors

  • Jimmie Holland Award, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Award in Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Psychiatry, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

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Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

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Research and Publications

Edelstein A, Pergolizzi D, Alici Y. Review of cancer-related cognitive impairment in the older patient. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2017 Mar;11(1):60-69

Edelstein A, Alici Y., Breitbart W., Chochinov H. Palliative care. In J. Levenson (Ed.), Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine (3ed.). Arlington, VA: The American Psychiatric Publishing.