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Monica Morrow, MD
Monica Morrow, MD
  • Chief, Breast Service
  • Department of Surgery
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Monica Morrow is a surgical oncologist with a practice dedicated to the treatment of breast cancer. Her research has focused on how to apply the advances from clinical trials to daily surgical practice. She has 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.

Her current research interest is how treatment choices for breast cancer surgery are made. This includes medical decisions such as whether magnetic resonance imaging 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. She has 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.

Dr. Morrow is the surgical editor of the textbook Diseases of the Breast and a co-author of Breast Cancer for Dummies. She currently serves as the secretary of the Society for Surgical Oncology. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, completed her residencies at the Medical Center Hospital of Vermont and finished her fellowships at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

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