Dr. Alan Astrow has been Division Director, Hematology/Oncology at Maimonides Cancer Center since 2005. He treats patients with a wide variety of cancers, but has a special interest 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. Previously he held the position of Associate Medical Director, 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.
Alan Astrow, MD grew up in the Five Towns. 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.