Alison Estabrook is Chief of the Comprehensive Breast Center, Mount Sinai Roosevelt
in New York City, and Professor of Clinical Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian
Medical Center. She attended Barnard College, where she graduated cum laude in Biology.
She obtained her Medical Degree at New York University, and then did her residency
in surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
Alison stayed on at Columbia and became the Chief of the Breast Surgery Service
there in 1991. Her accomplishments include building a comprehensive breast service
in which genetics, psychiatry, and complementary medicine are fully represented.
She was also the co-founder of the Women at Risk program which offers medical care
to women who are at the highest risk for the development of breast cancer because
of family history, lobular carcinoma in situ, or gross cystic disease.
In 1998 Alison moved her practice, and built a new Comprehensive Breast Center at
Mount Sinai Roosevelt, where she is the Chief of Breast Surgery. She works
with other physicians, and with Physician’ assistants, medical staff and volunteers.
Alison began a Breast Fellowship Program in 2002. Since that time 10 Breast Fellows
have graduated the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt/Beth Israel program. Alison has created
support groups, a Resource Library, and a monthly free lecture series with speakers
discussing topics of interest to high risk women. The Comprehensive Breast Center
also offers free yoga and meditation classes as well as a weekly pool program. These
programs are held at the Jewish Community Center on the upper west side of Manhattan,
midway between Mount Sinai St. Luke’s and Mount Sinai Roosevelt.
Alison is a member of many local and national breast groups, including the New York
Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, the American Society of Breast Disease, American
Society of Breast Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society
of Surgical Oncology. She served on the Commission on Cancer for 10 years (1996-2006).
She was also the Chairman of the Science Advisory Council at Barnard College from
2002 to 2006, and is now on the Barnard Board of Trustees.
Alison’s research interests include serum markers for breast cancer, ductal carcinoma
in situ, sentinel node biopsy, and the genetics of breast cancer.