Memorial Sloan Kettering Pediatric Endocrinologist Zoltan Antal

Zoltan Antal, MD

Pediatric Endocrinologist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Late effects of childhood cancer survivors
  • Growth and pubertal disorders following cancer therapy
  • Pediatric thyroid cancer

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About Me

What I Do at MSK
  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician
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I am a pediatric endocrinologist on the MSK Kids team. I specialize in the care of disorders of growth and puberty, which are very common in survivors of childhood cancers. I have expertise in treating children with endocrine (hormonal) disorders related to neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1), Fanconi anemia, and multiple pituitary deficiencies (“hypopituitarism”) after brain tumor treatment. I also specialize in the care of children with primary thyroid cancer as well as thyroid cancer that results from the treatment of a different cancer.

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I may become involved in a child’s care during active cancer treatment — for example, if a medication they are taking affects thyroid function or raises blood sugar, or if their tumor causes early puberty. I may also be involved early in the course of care for children with conditions such as thyroid cancer or Fanconi anemia, or as part of the consultation team for children being considered for surgery or bone marrow transplantation. As a member of the MSK Kids Pediatric Long-Term Follow-Up Program, I see patients one to two years after completing treatment.

I also conduct research. I am evaluating the association between cancer treatment and low testosterone levels (“testicular hypofunction”) in male childhood cancer survivors. My colleagues and I are also studying the association between the dose of radioactive iodine therapy (iodine 131) and long-term outcomes in children who receive this treatment for papillary thyroid cancer.

In addition to my position on the MSK Kids team, I am the Division Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Weill Cornell Medicine. I am also the Silo Chair of the Testicular Late Effects Group of the Children’s Oncology Endocrine Late Effects Group.

When I first meet a patient and family, I introduce myself and explain what our team does. We spend about an hour reviewing the child’s treatment history, diagnosis, and any other issues specific to that child’s care. Sometimes we need to discuss sensitive subjects such as puberty, fertility, and height. While I encourage all parents to involve their children in these discussions in an age-appropriate way, I also understand and support requests from parents to have a separate discussion without the child in the room.

I chose the field of endocrinology because it encompasses a large number of conditions that are very relevant to a child’s wellbeing, both in childhood and adulthood. Hormone deficiencies can be safely and effectively treated, with rewarding outcomes. I enjoy working with survivors through the Pediatric Long-Term Follow-Up Program to help them focus on succeeding and thriving in their lives by overcoming the challenges imposed by late effects from their treatment. I also find it rewarding to collaborate with multiple subspecialists and help our patients transition from the completion of therapy to the rest of their lives.

Nearly half of the survivors of childhood cancers will experience at least one hormonal late effect related to their treatment. It is important that these children receive evaluation and care for these conditions in a timely way to maximize their health and wellbeing. Children with rare endocrine conditions benefit from an endocrinologist who is experienced in the treatment of those disorders and is able to communicate and effectively work with other subspecialists to provide the best care. At MSK Kids and Weill Cornell Medicine, we excel in accomplishing this through our collaborative team efforts.

My Role at MSK

A pediatric endocrinologist (EN-doh-krih-NAH-loh-jist) is a doctor who treats children and adolescents and has special training in endocrine problems. These disorders affect glands and organs that make hormones, and include diabetes, infertility, and thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary gland problems.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Late effects of childhood cancer survivors
  • Growth and pubertal disorders following cancer therapy
  • Pediatric thyroid cancer
  • Thyroid disorders following cancer therapy
  • Endocrine care of children with Fanconi Anemia
  • Endocrine care of children with Neurofibromatosis Type 1
Education & Honors

Education

  • BS, Biology, Stony Brook University
  • MD, St George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies

Residencies

  • Pediatrics, SUNY Downstate Kings County Hospital
  • Chief Resident, SUNY Downstate Kings County Hospital

Awards and Honors

  • Excellence in teaching award (June 2013)
  • Outstanding attending teacher of the year (June 2011)
  • Leo M. Davidoff Society inductee for outstanding achievement in teaching of medical students (June 2009)
  • Pediatric Research Day oral presentation award (April 2009)

Fellowships

  • Pediatric Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

Board Certifications

  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric endocrinology

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Healthfirst Managed Medicaid

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Healthfirst Medicare Advantage

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Non-Participating Plans with Out of Network Benefits

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Oxford

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Qualcare

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Tricare

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UMR

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United Healthcare

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Contact and Location

Dr. Antal sees patients at two locations.

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Location
Uniondale, NY
West Harrison, NY
1101 Hempstead Turnpike Uniondale NY 11553
500 Westchester Avenue West Harrison NY 10604

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