Andrew S. Epstein, MD

About Me

I am a board-certified medical oncologist caring primarily for patients with pancreas, biliary, esophagogastric, colon, and other gastrointestinal cancers. I work closely with a team of surgeons, radiation therapists, and other specialists to provide the best treatment and individualized care for each patient with these diseases. My research focuses on improving the delivery of care to patients and their families by optimally integrating cancer care with palliative medicine, which is a medical specialty aimed at reducing distress and maximizing quality living for people with serious illnesses like cancer.

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In an effort to improve my ability to communicate with and help patients with their symptoms and concerns, I augmented my medical oncology training with an additional fellowship in palliative medicine. For research in patient–physician communication, coping and cancer care planning, I have been honored to have my work supported by external funding, including a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in 2010, a 2013 Career Development Award from the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), and a 2017 Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program award from the Cambia Health Foundation. In collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, I also teach communication skills to medical oncology fellows here at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. I hold a secondary academic appointment with the Supportive Care Service here at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Clinical Expertise: Esophageal Cancer; Gastric Cancer; Pancreatic, Biliary, and Colorectal Cancers; Palliative Medicine; Advance Care Planning
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Loyola University Chicago
  • Residencies: Internal Medicine - Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Fellowships: Hematology/Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Palliative Care - Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Board Certifications: Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology; Palliative Medicine


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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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