Dr. Deborah Axelrod


THS Dr Deborah Axelrod Oct2015

Deborah Axelrod, M.D. is Director of Clinical Breast Programs and Services and Medical Director of Community Cancer Education and Outreach at NYU Clinical Cancer Center in NYC and a board certified surgeon who specializes in breast diseases and breast cancer. She is the Kanas Family Foundation Associate Professor of Surgery Oncology at New York University School of Medicine. A fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Axelrod Completed a surgical oncology research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in NYC. She is widely published and has been in practice since 1988. Dr. Axelrod is a prominent speaker throughout the country, presenting to both lay and professional audiences information on survivorship, new developments in risk reduction measures, detection and treatment of breast cancer. She is on the editorial board of www.plwc.org (people living with cancer), as part of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Under the leadership of Dr. Axelrod, monthly programs for the community (Insights In Context ™) are offered. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Axelrod was Chief of the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Vincents Hospital and Medical Center in NYC (1999-2004). She initiated the Community Lecture Series program, which is into its 11th year. From 1988 to 1999, Dr. Axelrod was Physician-in-Charge of the Louis Venet MD Comprehensive Breast Service at Beth Israel Hospital and Medical Center in NYC.

From 2007 through 2013, Dr. Axelrod has received community (STEP) grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation as the PI and Co PI for the AMBER grant. The project is called “AMBER’ (Arab American Women Breast Education and Referral). In 2012, Dr. Axelrod received her sixth STEP grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation (as Principal Investigator) for outreach in the Arab American community. This project was also funded 2007-2011. Dr. Axelrod received a Synergy grant from the Department of Defense (as co-Investigator) looking at innovative ways to reduce breast cancer in women who have been diagnosed with high risk lesions in the breast and is a co-investigator on a current DOD expansion grant looking at the effects of SOM230 in DCIS lesions. In 2009, Dr. Axelrod received her second two-year Avon grant (as co-Investigator) to study behavioral attitudes towards lymphedema and using infrared perometry to evaluate arm changes both pre-operatively and post-operatively and up to a year out of surgery. Dr. Axelrod was also the recipient of a 2001 Craft grant awarded by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to screen and recruit Chinese women at risk for breast cancer into the STAR trial (study of tamoxifen and raloxifene).

Always at the forefront of patient advocacy, Dr. Axelrod is on the Board of Directors at SHARE (Self-Help Group for Women with Breast or Ovarian Cancer) in NYC and Cancer 101. She has been appointed to the Medical Resource Council at Gilda’s Club in NYC, Health Advisory Board at Hadassah, Medical Advisory Board at the Young Survival Coalition, Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA), and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Jersey/New York Affiliate. She co-authored the book Bosom Buddies: Lessons and Laughter about Breast Health and Cancer with Rosie O’Donnell and Tracy Chuterian-Semler, which uses humor to cope with breast cancer. Proceeds from the book were donated to non-profit breast cancer organizations.

Dr. Axelrod has been consecutively named to the Best Doctors issue, New York Magazine (1998-2012) as well as the Castle Connolly Guide to Best Doctors since 1998. In 2011, Dr. Axelrod was honored as a Woman of Action by the Israel Cancer Research Fund and in 2010, she received the American Cancer Society’s Mother of The Year Award. In 2008, Dr. Axelrod received the Exploring Women of Achievement Award for her mentorship of high school students, and in 2007, she was honored at SHARE’s Second Helping of Life event. In 2006, Dr. Axelrod was the recipient of the Compass Award™ from the Women Leadership Exchange and again honored for her advocacy work at the Susan G. Komen North Jersey Affiliate as they celebrated their 10th anniversary. In 2003, Dr. Axelrod received the Annual Gilda’s Club, It’s Always Something Award™ and in 2001, she received the Creative Spirit Award from the Creative Center for Women with Cancer and was also the medical honoree of the 5th Annual Pink Tie Ball sponsored by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Jersey Affiliate. In 2000, Dr. Axelrod was the honoree at the annual SHARE-A-WALK in Central Park and received the Special Recognition Award from JALBCA (Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert) and the Humanitarian Tower of Hope Award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund. In an effort to bring original works of art to hospitals – Dr. Axelrod founded Say Ahh (say art helps heal)™. Dr. Axelrod founded www.breastdoc.com, an educational website.