The expert, highly personalized care offered at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) by ColumbiaDoctors cancer and blood disorder specialist faculty physicians, health care providers, scientists, and staff offers adults and children with cancer access to a depth and breadth of oncology expertise possible only at our world-class academic medical center.
Cancer can be complicated, but cancer care shouldn’t be.
At ColumbiaDoctors, we want to ensure that the more than 3,500 new patients who come here annually receive compassionate, state-of-the-art medical care. We can do this because our patients receive care from an integrated, multidisciplinary team that includes physicians who are global leaders in clinical care as well as innovative technologies, genetic discoveries, and "bench to bedside" research.
In fact, all ColumbiaDoctors oncologists and hematologists are affiliated with Columbia University’s Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC), one of only 48 institutions in the United States and only three in New York State recognized as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Our ColumbiaDoctors practices are conveniently located at the Herbert Irving Pavilion in Washington Heights, as well as in midtown Manhattan and other sites within New York City and Westchester County, and can offer seamless outpatient and inpatient care within the CUIMC system.
Together, our resources and expertise as the top National Institutes of Health-funded research center in New York and the No. 1 hospital in New York enable the most advanced cancer care possible – authority that allows us to offer the most advanced diagnostics and therapies for all types of cancer, from common types like breast, colon, and lung cancer to the rarest malignancies. Using this knowledge, we work with each patient to create a personalized treatment plan that leverages the latest and most effective evidence-based therapies and extensive clinical trials of new drugs and treatments, including immunotherapies in our Experimental Therapeutics/Phase I program.
Innovations developed at Columbia have shaped cancer medical practice today, including the first blood test for prostate cancer, the first use of radioactive isotopes to treat thyroid cancer, and the identification of several major cancer-associated genes, including P-TEN, a tumor suppressor gene whose malfunction is involved in many brain, breast, and prostate cancers. Columbia’s oncology-related technology expertise has yielded discoveries resulting in more than two dozen patents and nearly 40 licenses, including one for cancer-imaging software now in use globally.
We accept new patients as well as those referred to us by outside physicians for our specialty areas, including:
Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT)
ColumbiaDoctors provide exceptional care for our patients with malignant and benign diseases of the blood-building system within bone marrow who require a transplant of blood-forming stem cells from themselves (autologous) or a donor (allogeneic). Working collaboratively with our own hematologists/oncologists as well as outside physicians, we perform blood and bone marrow transplants for patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma, sickle cell anemia, and aplastic anemia.
ColumbiaDoctors’ Clinical Breast Center offers our patients a full spectrum of clinical and support services from a multidisciplinary team with dedicated expertise in breast health, including medical care, educational programs, and support groups. Our team includes medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, breast surgeons, gynecologists, geneticists, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, psychiatrists, physical therapists and nutritionists who can tailor a full spectrum of clinical and support services for each patient, from screening and diagnostics to prevention, treatment, and care of long-term cancer survivors.
Center for Lymphoid Malignancies
The ColumbiaDoctors Center for Lymphoid Malignancies focuses on the care of our patients with lymphoid cancers, including all forms of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, or Hodgkin’s Disease. Our hematologist/oncologists work collaboratively with experts in hematology (the study of blood) and hematopathology, surgery, radiology, radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, early phase drug development and pharmacology to offer the highest caliber of diagnosis and care for patients.
GI Oncology Center
The ColumbiaDoctors Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program specializes in the diagnosis and care of our patients with cancers of the digestive tract, including pancreatic, liver and biliary tract, colorectal, anal, small bowel, or stomach. This Program and our Center for Global Excellence in Gastric Cancer Care offers our patients multidisciplinary collaborative care, including expert teams in GI, surgical, medical and radiation oncology, as well as gastroenterologists and radiologists, that provides a comprehensive approach.
The ColumbiaDoctors Genitourinary Oncology Program specializes in the diagnosis and clinical care of our patients with prostate, bladder, kidney, or testicular cancer. Our multidisciplinary team of urologic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, oncology nurses, psychosocial support specialists, and other professionals provide a personalized plan of care for each patient. We are pioneers in bladder reconstructive surgery and the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat genitourinary cancers.
ColumbiaDoctors offers women at high risk for or diagnosed with cervical, ovarian, uterine and other gynecologic cancers with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team that compassionately considers our patients’ overall health, not just their cancer, from their diagnosis through acute care to survivorship. Our team includes gynecologic oncologists, pathologists, radiologists, genetic counselors, oncology nurses, psychosocial support specialists, and other experts, as well as infertility specialists to provide fertility preservation options, when possible.
ColumbiaDoctors hematology specialists provide comprehensive treatment and consultation services for our patients with nonmalignant blood disorders, which include those inherited (congenital) or acquired, such as anemias, neutropenias, thrombocytopenias and thrombocytosis, coagulation disorders including hemophilia or due to treatment with anticoagulants (blood thinners), or Sickle Cell Disease, among others.
ColumbiaDoctors our patients with cancer of the blood cells with a multidisciplinary team of experts that includes specialists in infectious disease, pulmonology, radiology, hematopathology, radiation oncology and bone marrow transplantation to provide compassionate state-of-the-art patient care. Our team has expertise in with both acute and chronic leukemias including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); rare blood disorders such as the myeloproliferative neoplasms polycythemia vera, essential thrombocytosis, and myelofibrosis; as well as lymphoid disorders including hairy cell leukemia (HCL) and large granular lymphocytic leukemia (LGL Leukemia).
ColumbiaDoctors melanoma (skin cancer) program provides our patients access to dermatologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, cosmetic reconstruction surgeons, and specially trained nurses who develop comprehensive treatment plans for all of our patients. Our physicians and scientists at Columbia’s Skin Disease Research Center are at the forefront of melanoma research, which informs our clinical care.
ColumbiaDoctors Multiple Myeloma Center provides the most comprehensive care for patients with this disease, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow arising from plasma cells. Our program affords our patients access to physicians from a variety of disciplines, clinical trials, and therapies. Our Columbia Amyloidosis Multidisciplinary Program (CAMP) is led by nationally prominent experts in this rare disease, which results in an accumulation of an abnormal protein, amyloid, in a patient’s organs. CAMP’s comprehensive team approach involves hematologists, nephrologists, neurologists, cardiologists, pathologists, clinical and basic research experts. We use genetic testing, and mass spectrometry, along with patient characteristics to pinpoint the type of amyloidosis and develop a customized treatment plan, including innovative monoclonal antibody therapies.
Myelodysplastic Syndrome Center
ColumbiaDoctors physician-scientists have studied and treated patients with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) for more than three decades, even though only about 20,000 patients are newly diagnosed in the United States annually. Our MDS program is one of the largest in the country with long-standing recognition as a Center of Excellence by the MDS Foundation. Our patients receive the latest therapies and participate in molecular and genetic studies that can shed light on their particular disease and enable individualized treatment.
ColumbiaDoctors physicians treat more than 300 new patients annually in our integrated Brain Tumor Center, which applies the world-renowned research resources of the Neurological Institute of New York and Columbia University to improve outcomes for our patients with malignant brain tumors. Neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, psychiatrists, neuropathologists, nurse practitioners, and social workers collaborate to tailor diagnosis and therapy to each patient's needs. The Center has pioneered the development of several novel treatments as well as experimental models of brain tumors to better understand and treat these cancers.
ColumbiaDoctors offers our youngest patients and their families internationally recognized experts in the care for children with cancer and blood disorders. We have the largest pediatric oncology program in the New York tri-state area, and combine advanced clinical services with innovative research — including clinical trials. Our pediatric oncology team includes neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons, liver surgeons, hepatologists, critical care specialists, cardiologists, nephrologists, pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, endocrinologists, urologists, infectious disease specialists and a dedicated pediatric Emergency Department for 24/7 emergency care. We are the only program in New York City that incorporates a top-ranked children’s hospital, an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center, and home to a top 10-ranked medical school.
NYP/CUIMC is home to the strongest multidisciplinary Sarcoma Center on the East Coast of the United States. Sarcomas include about 100 distinct cancers, some being so rare as to occur in only a few patients each year in the United States. At ColumbiaDoctors, each patient receives a reviewed by our team of experts exclusively focused on sarcomas, which includes medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and radiation oncologists.
Thoracic Oncology Center
ColumbiaDoctors offers our patients with lung cancer access to the most promising therapies currently available for lung cancer, including new immunotherapies and targeted therapies, which have dramatically improved the outlook for patients. As each patient and each lung cancer is unique, we design a multidisciplinary treatment plan customized to each patient, with input and review our team of lung cancer experts, including medical oncologists, surgical oncologists, pulmonologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists. Our multidisciplinary approach also includes prevention and early detection, assessment of high-risk patients, and genetic testing.
ColumbiaDoctors offers patients with kidney, bladder, and prostate cancers access to the No. 1 urology program in New York and the sixth in the United States. Our multidisciplinary approach combines the expertise of specialists in urologic cancer surgery, medical oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, and pathology to offer the very highest level of patient care. We have extensive expertise in minimally invasive surgery, including both robotic and laparoscopic surgery, which permits small incisions without compromising cure or outcome for our patients. We also have extensive experience in robotic surgery for prostate and kidney tumors.