Dr. Alisan B. Goldfarb received her undergraduate degree from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. She returned to her native New York, having grown up in Bayside, to attend the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She was awarded her Doctorate of Medicine in 1975 and continued on at The Mount Sinai Medical Center for her residency in general surgery. Although beginning her practice as a general surgeon, her interests and talents soon led her to an active practice limited to breast surgery. She was instrumental in establishing monthly multidisciplinary rounds in breast cancer at Mount Sinai, as well as a resource group for patient education and psychosocial support for breast cancer patients and their families. Dr. Goldfarb has contributed to textbooks, teaching tapes and journal articles. As an assistant clinical professor at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, she lectures to medical students and is involved in surgical residency training. She is a past president of the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group and is a member of numerous other professional organizations. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Away from the field of medicine, Dr. Goldfarb’s interests are varied. She enjoys many kinds of music and dance. She is an avid reader of fiction, a passionate Rangers fan, and delights in battling the forces of nature in attempts to keep a garden in bloom for three seasons of the year. Without a doubt, however, the ultimate joy of her life is her most remarkable son Andrew.
Professional and Committee Memberships
The New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group
American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Task Force
American Board of Surgery
BA, Beloit College
MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Hospital
Doctor of the Year Award
Mount Sinai Breast Health Resource
Humanitarian Tower of Hope Award
Israel Cancer Research Fund
New York Magazine
America’s Top Doctors
Physician of Distinction
American Cancer Society NY Chapter
The Gay Clark Stoddard Memorial Award
Susan G. Komen Greater New York City
Emotional response to illness, particularly breast cancer
Montgomery GH, Bovbjerg D, Schnur J, David D, Goldfarb A, Weltz C, Schechter C, Graff-Zivin J, Tatrow K, Price D, Silverstein J. A randomized clinical trial of a brief hypnosis intervention to control side effects in breast surgery patients: An interim analysis. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2007 SEP; 99(17): 1304-1312.
Montgomery GH, David D, Goldfarb AB, Sivlerstein JH, Weltz CR, Birk JS, Bovbjerg DH. Sources of anticipatory distress among breast surgery patients. J Behav Med 2003 April; 26(2): 153-164.
Jaffer S, Goldfarb AB, Gold JE, Szporn A, Bleiweiss IJ. Contralateral axillary lymph node metastasis as the first evidence of locally recurrent breast carcinoma. Cancer 1995 June; 75(12): 2875-2878.
Goldfarb AB, Kalb TH, Leifer BP, Schwersenz A. The physician's experience: cases and doubt. Mt Sinai J Med 1993 January; 60(1): 25-30.
Ngadiman S, Whitney K, Godwin TA, Zuna R, Goldfarb AB, Hoda SA. Squamous cell carcinoma of the breast. South Med Journal 1993 JUN; 86(6): 716-717.
Breast Cancer in Pregnancy in Merkatz. In: 3rd Edition
Complications of Pregnancy
Breast Cancer in Pregnancy in Merkatz
Breast Cancer in Pregnancy in Merkatz. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins;.
Keller SM, Goldfarb AB, Zisbrod Z. Issues in Breast Cancer, Benign Breast Lumps. Solitary nonparasitic liver cysts. [abstract]. NY State J Med. 1985; 85:. 95-96.
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