Einstein Experts for Media



Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Joseph A. Sparano, M.D.

Professor, Medicine (Oncology)

Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health

Associate Director, Clinical Research, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Associate Chairman, Medical Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Breast cancerClinical TrialsHIV-associated cancers

Dr. Sparano is a clinical researcher who develops and evaluates new treatment approaches for  breast cancer, lymphoma, and other cancers, including cancers associated with HIV infection. He also identifies genes that can be used to determine breast cancer prognosis and predict response to treatment – and that may be targeted in cancer as a treatment. He was involved in developing the Oncotype DCIS test, which provides patients with ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast a score that predicts the likelihood of recurrence after surgery, allowing the treatment program to be individualized. read more...


Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Richard G. Gorlick, M.D.

Vice Chair and Professor, Pediatrics (Hematology & Oncology), Einstein and Montefiore Health System

Professor, Molecular Pharmacology , Einstein

Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

CancerPediatric oncologyPediatric sarcoma


Dr. Gorlick is a pediatric oncologist specializing in sarcoma (a type of cancer that affects connective tissue) and an international leader in research on osteosarcoma, the most common bone cancer in children. Dr. Gorlick was instrumental in initiating the bone-tumor bank of the Children's Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest childhood cancer research organization, and serves as Vice Chair of its Bone Tumor Disease Committee. read more...


Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Milan Kinkhabwala, M.D.

Professor, Surgery, Einstein

Chief, Transplantation, Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation

Director, Abdominal Organ Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Liver diseasesTransplantationStem cell research

Liver cancer

Dr. Kinkhabwala is an active member of Einstein’s NIH-funded Marion Bessin Liver Research Center, where he is working to develop new treatments derived from stem cells for liver diseases, including liver cancer. An expert in complex liver surgery, including liver transplantation, he helped establish the Montefiore Einstein Center for Transplantation, where physicians, surgeons, nurses and other clinicians work with scientists to deliver integrated care for patients with organ failure.   read more...


Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Robert D. Burk, M.D.

Professor and Vice Chair for Translational Research, Department of Pediatrics, Einstein

Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Einstein

Professor, Epidemiology and Population Health, Einstein

Attending Physician, Pediatrics, The Children's Hospital at Montefiore

Human papillomavirus (HPV)Cervical cancer screeningMolecular evolution

Dr. Burk is an authority on the genomics and evolution of human papillomaviruses (HPV), which cause nearly all cases of cervical cancer. His team was the first to report, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that the vast majority of HPV infections in young women are short-lived and don’t require treatment. More recently, his lab is utilizing Next-Gen sequencing to study papillomavirus genomics and methylation of the viral genome. His lab utilized this new technology to identify HPV16 and beta- and gamma-HPVs associated with head and neck squamous cell cancers (HNSCCs). read more...


Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Steven K. Libutti, M.D.

Professor and Vice-Chair, Surgery, Einstein and Montefiore Health System

Professor, Genetics, Einstein

Director, Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care

Associate Director, Clinical Services, Albert Einstein Cancer Center

Cancer surgeryEndocrine surgeryGene therapy

Dr. Libutti is an expert in surgical oncology and endocrine surgery and a pioneer in tumor targeted gene therapy.  His laboratory studies tumors – particularly those of the pancreas, thyroid and adrenal glands – that trigger the formation of new blood vessels that allow tumors to grow and spread.  A holder of five U.S. patents, he is developing novel cancer therapies by studying the complex interactions that occur within the tumor microenvironment.  read more...