Monica Morrow, MD, FACS

About Me

I am a surgical oncologist with a practice dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer. My research has focused on how to apply the advances from clinical trials to daily surgical practice. I have co-chaired the joint committee of the American College of Surgeons, American College of Radiology, and College of American Pathologists on Standards for Breast Conserving Therapy for Invasive Breast Cancer and for Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS) in 2002 and 2007.

My current research interest is how treatment choices for breast cancer surgery are made. This includes medical decisions such as whether MRI is beneficial to the woman with a newly diagnosed breast cancer, as well as a study of factors which are important to women when making treatment choices, how well they understand their choices, and the level of conflict they experience with their surgeon. Another area of research interest is to identify factors which predict for successful lumpectomy. I have studied the impact that multiple surgeries to obtain clear margins, microscopic tumor type, and presentation of the cancer without a mammographic abnormality have on the success of treatment.

I am the surgical editor of the textbook Diseases of the Breast and a co-author of Breast Cancer for Dummies. I was the 2012-2013 President of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the professional organization for surgeons who specialize in cancer treatment.

I work closely with nurse practitioner Margot LeStrange. We combine our expertise to provide comprehensive care to our patients at every step of their cancer journey.

  • Clinical Expertise: Breast Disease
  • Awards and Honors: Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2008-2018)
  • Languages Spoken: English
  • Education: MD, Jefferson Medical College
  • Residencies: General Surgery - Medical Center Hospital of Vermont
  • Fellowships: General Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Ketttering Cancer Center
  • Board Certifications: Surgery

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Selected Books and Book Chapters
Diseases of the Breast. 5th ed. Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. In preparation for 2014.

“Malignant tumors of the breast.” Burstein MJ, Harris JR, Morrow M. In: Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology. 9th ed. Devita V, Lawrence T, Rosenberg S, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2011: 1392-1400.

“Breast-conserving therapy.” Morrow M, Harris JR. In: Diseases of the Breast. 5th ed. Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne K, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia. In preparation for 2014.

“DCIS and microinvasive carcinoma.” Morrow M, Harris JR. In: Diseases of the Breast. 4th ed. Harris, Lippman, Morrow, Osborne, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010: 349-62.

“Breast cancer in the elderly.” Wiechmann L, Morrow M. In: Principles and Practice in Geriatric Surgery. 2nd ed. Rosenthal RA, Zenilman ME, Katlic MR, eds. NewYork: Springer; 2011: 479-92.

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Monica Morrow’s journal articles

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Clinical Trials

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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