Laurie J. Kirstein, MD, FACS

Breast Surgical Oncologist

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Breast surgical oncologist Laurie Kirstein

About Me

I am a board-certified surgical oncologist whose clinical practice and research endeavors are devoted to caring for women with breast cancer. I specialize in both early- and late-stage procedures, working closely with a multidisciplinary team every step of the way to make certain my patients receive appropriate treatment recommendations. I have been doing this work for nine years. 

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I performed approximately 400 procedures in 2015. I have expertise in oncoplastic procedures to ensure positive cosmetic outcomes and have done research on how best to accomplish this. Regardless of disease stage and treatment plan, I stay involved in my patients’ care throughout treatment — up to and after the time of surgery.

As a physician, it is my job to educate women about their diagnosis and to help them understand treatment options and recommendations. To that end, I have an exploratory/developmental grant (R21) from the National Institutes of Health to create a resource to educate women about their surgical options, provide medical facts, debunk myths, and offer coping strategies. By arming women with this information, I hope to help remove some of the fear of the unknown.

I understand the psychological impact a breast cancer diagnosis can bring. It affects not only the patient but also everyone around her. When treating a patient, I take into consideration treatment recommendations from an oncologic perspective, but more than that, I view the whole person to understand the emotional impact of this disease.

I truly believe it is a privilege to do what I do, and an honor to be a part of my patients’ lives.

  • Clinical Expertise: Breast Cancer; High Risk Breast Cancer Screening
  • Awards and Honors: Pillar of Excellence Award, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (2013)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
  • Residencies: Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowships: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Board Certifications: Surgery

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Clinical Trials

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