Monica Morrow, MD, FACS -- Chief, Breast Service, Department of Surgery; Anne Burnett Windfohr Chair of Clinical Oncology

Meet Breast Cancer Surgeon Monica Morrow


Monica Morrow, MD, FACS



Chief, Breast Service, Department of Surgery; Anne Burnett Windfohr Chair of Clinical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

Breast Disease

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About Me


MD, Jefferson Medical College


General Surgery - Medical Center Hospital of Vermont


General Surgical Oncology - Memorial Sloan Ketttering Cancer Center

Board Certifications


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.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2008-2018) Lifetime Achievement Award, Vienna Breast Surgery Conference, University of Vienna (2015) Impact Award, Breast Cancer Society of Taiwan (2016) Susan G. Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Clinical Research (2016) John Wayne Clinical Research Award Lecture. Society of Surgical Oncology (2019) St. Gallen International Breast Cancer Award (2019)


Doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering work as teams, with specialists from all different areas. 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 Trials

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Find a Clinical Trial for You

Memorial Sloan Kettering's doctors and scientists are constantly developing new treatments for cancer. MSK is typically running hundreds of clinical trials at a given time.

You may be able to participate in a clinical trial even if you are new to MSK. Search our online directory to find trial information and see more about who can participate.

Research and Publications

Selected Books and Book Chapters

“Uncommon presentations of cancer affecting the breast.” Miller ME, Morrow M. In: A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice Breast Surgery 6e. Dixon, JM, Barber MD, eds. Elsevier. 2019

“Surgical margins in breast-conserving surgery.” Mantani A, Corben AD, Morrow M. In: Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery, 2nd Edition. Urban C. Rietjens M, El-Tamer M, Sacchini VS, eds. Springer. New York, 2016.

“Mastectomy.” Morrow M, Golshan M..Chapter 34: In: Diseases of the Breast. 5th ed. Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2014.

“Breast-conserving therapy.” Chapter 36: 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. 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 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.

“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.

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Morrow’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.