David A. Fishman, MD

Gynecologic Oncology
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Personal Statement

"As an academic gynecologic oncologist and professor, I remain committed to the development of a comprehensive multidisciplinary program that would decrease the morbidity and mortality of gynecologic malignancies and improve women’s healthcare. My academic career has focused on the ovarian tumor microenvironment and applying our understanding of the processes of carcinogenesis, invasion, and metastasis to develop relevant biomarkers using proteomic technologies and novel techniques for risk assessment, early detection, cancer specific therapeutics, and chemoprevention. In 1999, with NIH support, I initiated the National Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Program (NOCEDP), where I served as Director and Principal Investigator. This program has achieved international recognition for the clinical application of innovative basic science regarding ovarian cancer. Presently, this program has evolved into an international collaborative effort from Sri Lanka to the United States of over 200 physicians and scientists dedicated to the development of effective means for the accurate detection of individuals at increased risk based on genetic analysis, methods for chemoprevention, and precision therapeutics based on the tumor microenvironment. Our program represents an integrated collaboration of clinicians, scientists, and institutions with complementary expertise unifying to improve patient care. Over the past three years, our program has relied more heavily on tumor biology, ultrasonography, genetics, and the regulation of miRNA, and in 2014, it evolved into the National Ovarian Cancer Risk Assessment Program combining clinical and molecular insights to identify women at risk with the ultimate goal of cancer prevention. The scientific foundation of our risk assessment program can also be applied to breast, prostate, colon, thyroid, melanoma and lung cancer."

Biographical Info

Dr. David A. Fishman is the Cancer Center Director and Director of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NewYork-Presbyterian Queens and is also Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine. Dr. Fishman is an internationally recognized gynecologic oncologist, especially noted for his innovative research on the regulation of ovarian metastasis and in developing new methods for the detection of individuals at risk for ovarian cancer and the detection of early stage ovarian carcinoma. He established The National Ovarian Cancer Dearly Detection Program in 1999 with a grant from the National Cancer Institute and philanthropic support. Dr. Fishman received his medical degree from Texas Tech School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Fishman has authored over 300 scientific papers, abstracts, book chapters and books on gynecologic malignancies. His research has received awards from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, American Cancer Society, Society of Gynecologic Investigation, and the Berlex Foundation. He serves as an editor for three journals and ad hoc reviewer for 43 medical and scientific journals and is a member of national and international cancer institute study sections from the National Cancer Institute and Centers for Disease Control to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He has received over 43 awards such as the National Cancer Institute Early Detection Research Network Recognition Award as well as the Best Doctor in New York and Castle Connolly Best Cancer Doctor in America. He is a member of many medical and honor societies and patient advocacy groups including the American Gynecologic and Obstetrical Society, AOA, and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists.

Honors and Awards

Academic Appointments

June1992- June1994          Instructor, Obstetrics and Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology) Yale University

July 1994-June 1996         Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University

July 1996-June 2001         Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University  

July 2001-July 2004         Professor, Vice Chair- Gynecologic Oncology Research, Ob/Gyn                         Northwestern University                                

July 2004- December 2008         Professor- Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director Gynecologic Oncology, Program Leader Gynecologic Oncology NYU Cancer Center, New York University

July 2004- December 2008         Professor – Graduate Faculty New York University and Sackler Institute

January 2009-2015     Professor- Obstetrics and Gynecology Mount Sinai School of Medicine

January 2009- 2015    Director Gynecologic Oncology Research and National Ovarian Cancer Early      Detection   Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, NY, NY

July 2010- May 2015    Fellowship Director Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

July 2015-                    Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology- Weill Cornell Medical College

2015-                           Cancer Center Director- New York Presbyterian Queens

2015-                           Director Gynecologic Oncology, New York Presbyterian Queens

2015-                           Cornell Cancer Center- Executive Committee Member

2017-                           Cornell Cancer Center Director- Gynecologic Oncology Disease      Management Team

2018-                           Cornell Cancer Center PRMC member


2017                American Cancer Society Leader in Cancer Care Award

2004-              Top Doctor Award- NY Magazine, Castle-Connelly

2010                VOICE Award for Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research

2010                NIH EUREKA Review Panel

2010                U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation Study Section

2010-               Top Doctor Award- NY Magazine

2009                Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel- External Advisor

2009                NIH/NCI Cancer Biomarkers Study Section

2007                NIH NCI EDRN Award

2006                Honorary Chair- Presidents Physician Advisory Board

2005                Keynote Lecturer, Society of Gynecologic Oncologists of Canada

2005                American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Lecturer

2005                Shufelt Society Lecturer

2005                American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society Lecturer

2005                Susan Teck Lecturer, George Washington University

2005                Keynote Lecturer, University of Wisconsin

2005                Invited Lecturer, Oncology World Congress

2005                Member- AOA

2004                American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society Invited Lecture

2004                Member - American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society

2003                Ethel N Ruvelson Lecturer in Ovarian Cancer, University of Minnesota

2003                Berlex Scholar Lecturer, San Francisco, CA

2002                Chao Family Lecturer Ovarian Cancer, University of California, Irvine

2001                Distinguished Lecturer in Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center

1999                Pfeiffer Scholar

1998                Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Basic Science Award

1997                Berlex Foundation Scholar

1996                Berlex Scholarship Award

1993                American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellowship

1988                Meehan- Miller Award

1981                Walter and Eliza Hall Cancer Institute Oncology Fellowship,Ludwig Cancer Institute,    Melbourne, Australia

Board Certifications
American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology)
Clinical Expertise
Gynecologic Cancer
Gynecologic Malignancy
Tumor Resection For For Gynecological Malignancy
Debulking Procedure For Gynecological Malignancy
Gynecologic Ultrasound
Ovarian Cancer
Ovarian Cancer Genetic Susceptibility
Ovarian Cancer, BRCA1 Positive
Ovarian Cancer, BRCA2 Positive
Ovarian Epithelial Cancer
Ovarian Malignancy
Disseminated Ovarian Cancer
Screening For Ovarian Cancer
Genetic Predisposition to Ovarian Cancer
Laparotomy, Restaging, Ovarian Malignancy
Laparotomy, Staging, Ovarian Malignancy
Genetic Susceptibility to Cancer
Genetic Predisposition to Cancer
Breast Cancer Genetic Susceptibility
Endometrial Cancer Genetic Susceptibility
Genetic Susceptibility to Endometrial Cancer
Genetic Susceptibility to Ovarian Cancer
Genetic Susceptibility to Breast Cancer
  • M.D.
    Texas Tech University, Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine
  • M.S.
    University of Texas
  • B.A.
    Washington University
  • Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Queens
  • Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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