Maimonides Medical Center
Dr. Alan B. Astrow is the division director of hematology and medical oncology at Maimonides Medical Center in New York. Certified in both medical oncology and hematology, Dr. Astrow treats patients with a wide variety of cancers. His special interest, however, is in the treatment of breast cancer, gynecologic cancers, and Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.
Dr. Astrow is widely published in the medical literature, has been a frequent participant in the popular "Breast Cancer Update" recorded audio conference series, and is a member of the New York Metropolitan Breast Group and the New York Gynecologic Oncology Group. Peviously, he was associate medical director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief of clinical oncology at St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan, where he was an attending physician for nineteen years.
At Maimonides, he has been involved in studies of new therapies for breast cancer and is a co-investigator in a National Cancer Institute funded study designed to improve the way in which physicians inform patients about the risks and benefits of participation in phase 1 and phase 2 clinical trials.
Dr. Astrow has also conducted research and has run seminars on ways to help physicians understand a patient's wishes, values, and needs as well as how to improve communication between physician and patient. He is the physician leader of Schwartz Center Rounds at Maimonides, a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss emotional and social issues that come out of caring for patients.
With Dr. Daniel Sulmasy,, Dr. Astrow conceived, organized and ran a grant funded inter-faith conference series from 2003-2006, "Spirituality, Religious Wisdom, and the Care of the Patient." The series focused on difficult spiritual issues, such as anger, guilt, shame, denial, and loneliness, faced by physicians in caring for the seriously ill. Leading thinkers from the major religious denominations engaged in case-based dialogue with each other and with physicians, nurses and other health care professionals around these issues. The series is published online in the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.
Dr. Astrow grew up in the Five Towns area of New York. He was educated at Yale College and the Yale School of Medicine with a residency in internal medicine at the Boston City Hospital, and a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at New York University Medical Center. He is included in New York Magazine's list of "Best Doctors in New York" and the Castle-Connally "Guide to Top Doctors New York Metro Region."
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