Be the Boss Over Cancer

Alan Astrow is Director of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Maimonides Cancer Center in Brooklyn, New York. He came to Maimonides in 2005 after 19 years at St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. While at St. Vincent's, he cared in his clinical practice for many patients with AIDS related cancers. His current practice at Maimonides focuses on the care and medical treatment of women with breast cancer and gynecological cancers. 

He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Yale University, with Distinction in History. He obtained his MD from the Yale School of Medicine and did his internal residency at the Boston City Hospital and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at NYU Medical Center.

He has published in the medical literature on the treatment of breast and ovarian cancer, on physician-patient communication, on the ethics of informed consent for clinical trials, and on the complex psychosocial and spiritual concerns faced by patients who have been treated for cancer. He is currently the Maimonides site principle investigator for an NIH-funded study of communications skills training for oncologists around survivorship care plans.