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. I see patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan and Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth.
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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 Health Science Center at Brooklyn
- Residencies: General Surgery - Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Fellowships: Breast Surgical Oncology - Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women's Hospital
- Board Certifications: Surgery
Research is integral to our mission at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and clinical trials help us discover better forms of patient care and treatment. For you, this could mean access to a new therapy or therapy combination. Click to see a list of the trials I’m currently leading.
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Clinical Trials Led by Laurie J. Kirstein
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