Meet Gynecologic Surgeon Nadeem Abu-Rustum
Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum, MD, FACOG, FACS
Chief, Gynecology Service; Avon Chair in Gynecologic Oncology
Gynecologic Oncology; Cancers and Tumors of the Cervix, Uterus, Ovary, Vulva, and Vagina; Laparoscopic Surgery; Fertility-Sparing Surgery (Radical Trachelectomy); Prophylactic Laparoscopic Oophorectomy for High-Risk Patients
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MD, American University of Beirut
Obstetrics and Gynecology - Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Gynecologic Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Obstetrics and Gynecology; Gynecologic Oncology
I am a board-certified gynecologic oncologist who specializes in the surgical treatment of gynecologic cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
As Chief of MSK’s Gynecologic Service, I lead a team of surgeons that performs close to 3,000 gynecologic procedures each year, providing surgical intervention for approximately 600 new cases of endometrial cancer and 500 new cases of ovarian tubal peritoneal cancer, 100 cases of cervical cancer, and 75 cases of vulva cancer annually. Our group of surgeons is highly collaborative in nature and meets weekly to discuss care strategies for all complex and challenging gynecologic cancer cases at MSK. We draw upon the expertise of our disease management team at large to provide the care that will get our patients the best possible outcomes. In addition to my role as Chief of our Gynecologic Service, I am a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
I have a special interest in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy) for the treatment of cancerous and noncancerous diseases of the female reproductive system. My clinical expertise includes minimally invasive and advanced gynecologic surgery for cancers of the ovary, uterus, vulva, and cervix. For selected women who are at an increased risk for ovarian cancer — such as those with a strong family history of breast and ovarian cancer, Lynch syndrome, or mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes — we offer laparoscopic prophylactic surgery, if desired, to reduce their risk for disease development.
I also have extensive experience in treating endometrial and cervical cancer. Over the past 20 years, I have pioneered many of the surgical approaches that we use to treat stage 1 cervical cancer, such as radical trachelectomy — a procedure that can preserve fertility in select patients with early-stage cervical cancer. Additionally, I led the effort to investigate and utilize sentinel lymph node mapping — a novel approach for cervical and uterine cancer management that is now being adopted by many oncology practices nationally and internationally. This procedure may improve the detection of cancer that has spread to lymph nodes and limit the side effects of radical surgery.
My clinical research focuses on surgical therapy for gynecologic cancers and innovative surgical approaches to treating gynecologic disorders, such as sentinel node mapping, improved localization of tumors, and fertility-sparing surgery. I am actively involved in the development and improvement of surgical techniques and oversee our surgical research programs. It is my responsibility to ensure that quality surgical care and patient safety are maintained for all gynecologic patients at our institution. Providing this level of service is the utmost priority in my own practice.
I have served as a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group’s Cervix Committee and the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Emerging Surgical Technology and Education, and I chair the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Uterine Neoplasms, Cervical Cancer, and Vulvar Cancer Committees.
I spend two full days in the operating room each week. I also see patients in the clinic twice a week at MSK’s Rockefeller Outpatient Pavilion on East 53rd Street (between Lexington and Third Avenues) in Manhattan.
When I am not caring for patients with gynecologic cancers, I enjoy traveling, carpentry, astronomy, and spending time with family.
Awards and Honors
- International Gynecologic Cancer Society IGCS Excellence in Teaching Award (2021)
- Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2002, 2005-2020)
- Austria AGO Wertheim Award (2019)
- Society of Gynecologic Oncology SGO Innovation Award (2017)
- Clinical Trials Co-Investigated by Dr. Abu-Rustum
- Choosing Ovarian Preservation or Removal before Surgery for Endometrial Cancer
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Research and Publications
Gynecologic Tumor Board. Dizon Don, Abu-Rustum NR. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett; 2008.
100 Questions and Answers about Ovarian Cancer. 2nd ed. Dizon Don, Abu-Rustum NR. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers; 2006.
“Innovative 21st century therapies.” Rowinsky EK, Mundt AJ, Abu-Rustum NR. In: Principles and Practice of Gynecologic Oncology. 5th ed. Barakat RR, Markman M, Randall ME, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.
“Schauta radical vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic radical hysterectomy.” Sonoda Y, Abu-Rustum NR. In: Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy. 3rd ed. Nezhat C, Nezhat F, Nezhat C, eds. New York: Cambridge UP; 2008.
“Port site metastasis and pneumoperitoneum.” Are C, Abu-Rustum N. In: Operative Gynecologic Laparoscopy and Hysteroscopy. 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge UP; 2008.
“Cancer of the cervix.” Chi DS, Abu-Rustum NR, Plante M, Roy M. In: TeLinde’s Operative Gynecology. 10th ed. Rock JA, Jones HW, eds. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; 2008: 1227.
“Cervical cancer.” Abu-Rustum NR. In: Surgical Oncology: An Algorithmic Approach. Saclarides TJ, Millikan KW, Godellas CV, eds. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2003: 502-513.
Easy Learning Hysterectomy. Cibula D, Querleu D, Morrow P, Tamussino K, Bader A, Leblanc E, Benedetti-Panici P, Andou M, Abu-Rustum N. European Prague: Society of Gynaecological Oncology; 2010.
Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Abu-Rustum’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.
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Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum discloses the following relationships and financial interests:
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Provision of Services
University of Balamand
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