Dr. Alexander Swistel, Doctor
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  • Breast Surgery · General Surgery

Dr. Alexander Swistel


  • Titles & Designations: MD

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  • Age: 68

  • Accepting New Patients


Contact Numbers


Medical Facility

425 East 61st Street
New York, NY 10065-8781



Fees & Payments




Breast Surgery

General Surgery

Conditions Treated

Breast Cancer

Breast Diseases

Procedures Performed

Breast Cancer Surgery

Breast Surgical Procedure



Minimally Invasive Breast Cancer Surgery

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

Sentinel Node Biopsy

Skin-Sparing Mastectomy

About Dr. Alexander Swistel

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Dr. Alexander Swistel is Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery and Associate Attending Surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and an internationally-recognized breast surgeon who pioneered many of the newest advances in breast cancer treatment. Dr. Swistel graduated from Harvard University and completed his medical school training at Brown University Medical School. He did his surgical residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and then completed the two-year surgical oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He joined the Surgical Attending staff at the St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and subsequently became their first Chief of Breast Surgery. In 1996, he was recruited by New York Hospital and joined the attending staff in surgery. There he was instrumental in coordinating efforts to develop the Weill Cornell Breast Center and became the Director of the Program. He also started their Breast Surgical Service and became its first director. Currently, he is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Weill Cornell Medical College and Associate Attending in the Department of Surgery and former Chief of the Section of Breast Surgery. Dr. Swistel is an acknowledged expert in the field of minimally-invasive breast cancer surgery. He has pioneered many improvements in the delivery of breast cancer care for his patients over the years. He has consistantly been included on multiple Best Doctor lists, is listed in Who's Who in America and is widely quoted as an expert in the field by the media. In 1986, he established the first Comprehensive Breast center in Manhattan at the St. Luke's Hospital. This served as a model for subsequent breast centers throughout the city including the Lauder Center at Sloan Kettering and the present Weill Cornell Breast Center. Recognizing that the minority population sometimes had difficulty in accessing good breast care, he received a special grant from the state to focus on screening minority patients. This program was adopted by the New York State Legislature and continues to be funded to this day. He first developed an early protocol using laser guided destruction of small breast tumor as a way to minimize surgical scars. Later, he performed the first skin sparing mastectomy in New York City in 1991. That technique did much to minimize the surgical defect related to standard radical mastectomy and the technique was combined with immediate reconstruction. He was one of the first physicians in New York to perform sentinel lymph node biopsy, then a new technique for minimizing axillary surgery for breast cancer patients. Dr. Swistel has been in the forefront of oncoplastic surgery that combines optimal cancer surgery principles for cure along with cosmetic techniques to minimize scars. He initiated the first academic based oncoplastic surgery program in the tri-state area. He introduced nipple sparing mastectomy to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and improved on the surgical technique with an infra -mammary approach which leaves the patient with virtually no visible scar. Along with the radiation oncologists, Dr. Swistel began the first successful intra-operative radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer in New York City. He has lectured widely on the topic of breast cancer surgery and prevention strategies and has developed a high risk program at Weill Cornell for patients who are at elevated risk for developing breast cancer. He has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of a number of those publications. Dr. Swistel was on the founding medical board for New York's Komen organization for the "Race for the Cure" and remains on the National Medical Board for the Young Survivor's Coalition. He is past President of the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group, which is the oldest and largest regional group of breast cancer specialists in the nation and He is a member of multiple specialized cancer organizations. He has received many honors and awards in recognition of his important contributions to the advancement of minimally invasive procedures for breast cancer. In 2014, Dr. Swistel received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cancer Research and Treatment Fund for his pioneering work in breast cancer surgery.

Treatment Approach

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Brown University School of Medicine

Medical School


St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Internship Hospital


St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center

Residency Hospital


Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Fellowship Hospital


Board Certifications

General Surgery

American Board of Surgery

Publications & Research


Awards & Recognition




Associated Practices & Hospitals

The Breast Center

Medical Practice



Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

Fidelis Care


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Personal Performance

Time Well Spent




Answers Questions


Explains Conditions


Staff & Office

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Avg Wait Time

16 to 30 minutes

Dr. Alexander Swistel