Bret Taback, MD

Bret Taback, MD Specialties: Cancer Care, Surgery, Breast & Soft Tissue Surgery

Bret Taback, MD
Specialties: Cancer Care, Surgery, Breast & Soft Tissue Surgery
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One of America's Top Doctors - Castle Connolly Top Doctors
Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors


CUIMC/Milstein Hospital Building
177 Ft. Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
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About Bret Taback, MD

Dr. Bret Taback is a nationally recognized surgical oncologist in the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center department of surgery. Dr. Taback is a leader in the clinical management of melanoma, sarcoma and skin/soft tissue tumor surgery. Dr. Taback is the Director of the Melanoma and Sarcoma Program and Director of the Breast Surgery Fellowship. Dr. Taback received his MD degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston , and completed his general surgery residency at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital.

During that time he completed a Basic Science Research Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in Boston. Following this, he completed a fellowship in Complex Surgical Oncology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, California. Dr. Taback is a member of a number of organizations and societies including Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has published and authored numerous peer review manuscripts, abstracts and presentations, as well as book chapters over the years in notable publications such as Annals of Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He is a clinical investigator with SWOG and Alliance for clinical trials. Dr. Taback has served on numerous hospital committees including tumor boards, Institutional Review Boards, Oncology Operations Council and is the American College of Surgeon's Commission on Cancer Physician Liaison for NYP Hospital. Most recently, Dr. Taback is a noted Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester


  • Breast Cancer

  • Breast Cancer Surgery

  • Breast Disease

  • Mastectomies

  • Melanoma

  • Melanoma Surgery

  • Sarcoma

  • Sentinel Node Biopsy For Breast

  • Specialist in Breast Cancer Surgery

  • Specialist in Melanoma Surgery


  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Fellowship: John Wayne Cancer Institute , Santa Monica CA
  • Medical School: Baystate Medical College - Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Residency: Brown University Rhode Island Hospital
  • Residency: Northwestern University Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Surgery

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  • Member, International Scientific Committee, The 4th International Sentinel Node Congress, Los Angeles, CA (2004)
  • Co-Chairman, The 3rd International Conference on Circulating Nucleic Acids in Plasma and Serum & Serum Proteomics (CNAPS III), Santa Monica, CA (2003)
  • Young Investigator Award, The 3rd International Sentinel Node Congress, Yokohama, Japan (2002)
  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Orlando, FL (2002)
  • Elected to Associate Member Council, American Association for Cancer Research, Philadelphia, PA (2001-2004)
  • Scholarship Award to attend Epidemiology and Biostatistics Conference, Berlex Oncology Foundation, Hackensack, NJ (2001)
  • Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Fellowship Award, Santa Monica, CA (2000)
  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, New Orleans, LA (2000)