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A. Ari Hakimi, MD


Clinical Expertise

Urologic Cancers; Kidney Cancer; Open and Minimally Invasive Surgery

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About Me


MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine


General Surgery - Montefiore Medical Center


Urologic Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

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I am a urologic surgeon whose focus is on the care of patients with urologic malignancies, especially kidney tumors. Because the treatment of kidney cancer is complex and continues to evolve, I work closely with colleagues in medical oncology, radiology, and pathology to deliver the most up-to-date, multidisciplinary care. Sometimes multiple treatments can exist for these conditions, and it’s essential that patients have a thorough knowledge of their options. If surgery is the recommended treatment, my team and I will answer all the questions patients may have leading up to and recovering from surgery. I utilize open, endoscopic, and minimally invasive (robotic) treatments and tailor the approach based on each patient’s unique circumstances.

I believe that significant advances in cancer care will be made through the analysis of vast amounts of data being generated from genetic sequencing. Therefore, my laboratory research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of kidney cancer initiation and progression while utilizing these genomic approaches. For this, I work closely with computational and molecular biologists. The goals of these collaborations are to translate the discoveries we make in the lab into clinically meaningful improvements for my patients.

I have lectured and published extensively on the genomic underpinnings of kidney cancer and identified several mutations that predict more aggressive disease. For this and other work, I have received awards from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Society of Urologic Oncology and the Kidney Cancer Association. Ultimately the goals of my clinical work and research are the same – to individualize patient care.


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Research and Publications

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