Welcome

Welcome to the Weill Cornell Breast Center. Our first priority is, of course, treating the patient’s breast cancer. In doing so, it is vitally important to provide the comprehensive care that can restore the highest quality of life after treatment. We believe the key to achieving the best outcomes for our patients is close communication among all the physicians and health professionals involved in their care.

Dr. Simmons

Our expert team of breast surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, plastic surgeons who specialize in breast reconstruction, and radiologists and pathologists work very closely together to accomplish this goal. This multidisciplinary approach enables patients to see the appropriate doctors under one roof, on the same day, and even at the same time, if necessary.

In 2011, in recognition of our exceptional program and innovative practices, the Weill Cornell Breast Center earned the prestigious designation as an accredited Breast Center by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a national consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving the quality of care for patients with breast cancer. The Weill Cornell Breast Center is one of only two NAPBC-accredited breast centers in New York City. We are very proud of this designation as it speaks to the level of care we provide to our patients, reflects our outstanding survivor rates for all stages of cancer – which are well beyond the national average – and acknowledges our ongoing efforts to advance treatments for breast cancer patients.

A key element of our success is the bond that develops between our physicians and their patients and family members. We are very invested in our patients and listen closely to and respect their expectations and their needs. Throughout the phases of diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, we  encourage our patients and their families to be completely involved in the care process.

Today, there are many breast cancer surgery and reconstructive options available to treat breast cancer, and Weill Cornell breast surgeons are widely recognized, historically and consistently,  for being at the forefront of many of the techniques that are used in standard practice today. These treatment options, which we tailor to each patient’s specific needs and personal preferences, include nipple-sparing mastectomy and skin-sparing mastectomy, cryoablation, intraoperative radiation therapy, and microvascular breast reconstruction.

There is so much that is new in the field of breast cancer. Our website will provide you with current information and answers to the many questions that patients and families have. And please do not hesitate to contact us directly at (212) 821-0833 for guidance or assistance.

Rache M. Simmons, MD
Chief of Breast Surgery
Professor of Surgery
Anne K. and Edwin C. Weiskopf Professor of Surgical Oncology
NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

  • The Weill Cornell Breast Center is one of only two Breast Centers in New York City accredited by the NAPBC, the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, in recognition of its outstanding, multidisciplinary patient care.
  • Dr. Rache Simmons is a recognized pioneer in the area of nipple-sparing mastectomy and the use of radiofrequency ablations and cryoablations for benign breast tumors and small breast cancers. She is currently leading a national, multicenter NIH trial to evaluate cryoablation therapy for breast cancer. Learn More
  • Dr. Alexander Swistel is a nationally-recognized breast surgeon who pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatment. He was among the first physicians in New York to perform a sentinel lymph node biopsy, in which tracer compounds pinpoint the precise lymph node, eliminating the need to surgically remove 20-30 lymph nodes. Learn More
  • Dr. Alexander Swistel, a breast surgeon who pioneered oncoplasty, which utilizes advanced surgical techniques by breast and reconstructive surgeons that provide effective removal of tumors with reconstructive techniques leaving no visible scars, reviews a patient’s film with Dr. Mia Talmor, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in oncoplastic surgery. Learn More
  • Dr. Rache Simmons Chief of Breast Surgery reviews a patient’s films with physician assistants Laurie Ma and Diana Pereira.
  • Dr. Peter Pressman heads the Genetic Risk Assessment Program at Weill Cornell Breast Center which provides genetic counseling for both breast and ovarian cancer to our patients. Learn More
  • Patients receiving chemotherapy care at the Weill Cornell Breast Center are treated by physicians, nurses, technologists and Center staff working collaboratively to provide the most innovative treatment protocols in a comforting environment.
  • Our dedicated team of Breast Pathologists is an essential part of our multidisciplinary practice. Their expertise allow us to make intraoperative decisions as well as decide on the best post- surgical treatment options for our patients ( Left to Right , Syed A. Hoda, M.D, Sandra J. Shin, M.D. (Chief of Breast Pathology), Timothy M. D’Alfonso, M.D.)
  • Newly-renovated surgical patient floors at NYP/Weill Cornell offer our patients a tranquil and quiet recovery.
  • Surgical patient floors at our hospital offer quiet areas where patients and their visitors can enjoy spectacular views
  • NYP/Weill Cornell physicians and nurses provide our patients with compassionate, round the clock care.
  • After surgery, breast cancer patients recover in beautifully appointed patient rooms with river views at NYP/Weill Cornell.
  • Working as a team, breast surgeons, medical oncologists, radiologists, radiation oncologists, physical therapists and nutritionists hold two weekly case conferences devoted to discussion and individualized treatment planning tailored to the specific needs of each patient.
  • The Weill Cornell Breast Center brings together a multidisciplinary team composed of breast and plastic surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, nurses, social workers, researchers and genetic specialists.
  • The multidisciplinary team at Weill Cornell Breast Center meet regularly to review patient treatment plans and to coordinate care among all the specialists involved in the patient’s care.
  • At Weill Cornell Breast Center, we offer our patients state-of-the-art digital mammography and ultrasound imaging technology in a quiet and respectful environment. Board certified radiologists that specialize in breast imaging interpret results of each radiology exam quickly, and breast surgeons can immediately access radiology reports and medical images through software at their desks.
  • Dr. Rache Simmons, Chief of Breast Surgery, heads the Weill Cornell Breast Center and is a nationally-renowned breast surgeon widely recognized for her innovations in minimally invasive breast cancer surgery. Learn More
  • The Weill Cornell Breast Center’s radiologists are nationally recognized experts in mammography, ultrasonography, and diseases of the breast. They perform a wide variety of exams and procedures including mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, ductography, ultrasound-guided core biopsy, MRI- guided breast biopsy, stereotactic breast biopsy and fine needle aspiration cytology.
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is ranked the #1 top hospital in New York and # 6 top in the nation by US News & World Report.